31 October 2011
Perth’s eighteen year old Cadet Staff Sergeant Bradley Anderson of the Black Watch Battalion ACF, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and winner of the Championship Cadet Competition, was presented with the Claire Shore Trophy today (28 Oct) by Brigadier Ted Flint at Cadet Training Centre Frimley Park Surrey. He also received a cheque for £300 from the Cadet Kit Shop. The presentation was made in front of his proud family and fellow cadets on the Master Cadet Course.
Cadet Staff Sergeant Anderson joined the Perth Viewlands detachment in 2006, and having impressed his instructors soon rose through the ranks, while at the same time helping fellow cadets to achieve. He is now studying Sports Science at Aberdeen University.
The ACF Champion Cadet Competition is an annual event held since 2001 at the CTC, Frimley Park, for those ACF Master Cadets selected as being the best in year. The entry is limited to 20 cadets. The competition, which lasts just over 24 hours, tests both physical and mental aptitude, and requires the cadets to compete against each other both individually and as members of a team in a range of activities. These include Command Tasks, Weapon Training, Map and Compass skills (including night navigation), Foot Drill, First Aid, Logical Problem Solving and a comprehensive test of the entire ACF Army Proficiency Certificate Syllabus. There is also a Panel Interview.
Throughout the competition, the assessors are looking for signs of leadership, teamwork, self discipline and unselfishness; all attributes that are developed through membership of the ACF. The winner of the Competition is the cadet deemed by the Selection Committee to be the year’s most inspiring example of the Master Cadet.