PROUD: Lester Anderson with cadet of the year Hope Olive, who was honoured at the unit’s presentation evening.
PROUD: Lester Anderson with cadet of the year Hope Olive, who was honoured at the unit’s presentation evening. Contributed

High hopes for young cadet of the year

WHILE students may hit the books hard during their school hours, they are also excelling outside of the classroom.

The 14 Army Cadet Unit has a proud history in Blackwater, with students joining from throughout the Highlands.

This year, at the unit's presentation evening, the celebrations stretched to Dingo, where Hope Olive was honoured with the cadet of the year - a deserving win for the corporal.

Captain Dee Webb said the unit had a great year, with promotion courses attended, changes to the rank structure, attendance for the Red Shield Appeal and a special moment for all involved in the centenary of Anzac Day.

The unit had a steady recruitment of first years, and a number of cadets attended field exercises and bivouacs.

"Our Recruit Bivouac was at Blackwater/Bluff Sports Complex where we now have a permanent booking in May each year.

"It involved navigation, communications and field craft, with a touch of survival thrown in to give the new recruits a feel for the bush," Dee said.

"The lead up to Anzac Day was also hectic.

"All cadets did themselves and the unit proud. Their drill, dress and discipline at the school and town parades was outstanding.

"We are looking forward to and already planning for 2016," Dee said.


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