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The Cadet Force Commission was celebrated by more than 100 members of the community at the weekend.
The Army Cadet Force (ACF) in Wales held a black tie dinner at Cardiff Castle on Saturday. Guests also received a tour of the iconic site on Sunday, and visited the Firing Line Museum, which features an exhibition on Welsh military history.
HM The Queen approved the historic commission for officers of the cadet organisations in the United Kingdom. It was introduced at the end of last year and is the first of its kind created for 155 years.
The Cadet Force Commission recognises the invaluable contribution made by Cadet Force Adult Volunteers as leaders of national uniformed youth organisations sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Guests included the Rt Hon Lord Touhig PC KSS, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, and Major General Bathurst.
During his speech, the Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales, said: “Those adult volunteers in the room should be immensely proud of the influence you have in inspiring young people to take an interest in Defence and the Armed Forces.
“Thank you for your commitment and dedication, not only towards protecting our country, but also towards developing your own skills and inspiring the next generation.”
The event was sponsored by Alan Peterson, Honorary Colonel Army Cadets Wales – a role he has held since 2016. The evening featured performances from the Band and Corps of Drums of Gwent and Powys ACF and performers from former students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Colonel David Hammond, Colonel Cadets for 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales said: “The new Cadet Force Commission is tailored to the needs of the MoD’s sponsored uniformed youth organizations and it was fitting that we marked this significant change in an appropriate manner.
“Wales’ Honorary Colonel Army Cadets, Alan Peterson, was the driving force behind the weekend, arranging and sponsoring the magnificent venue and musical programme which ensured that those attending were treated to a memorable and unique occasion that blended military formality with world-class musical entertainment.”
ACF officers are selected by the Cadet Force Commissioning Board (CFCB) at the Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB) in Wiltshire. Assessment weekends are deliberately intensive and test candidates’ leadership qualities and their potential to become commissioned officers.
Most tests take place in syndicate groups and include; group discussions, individual timed mental aptitude profile tests, a planning exercise, a one-to-one interview, a written exercise on an ACF-related topic, a lecture and group command tasks.
ACF officers help young people to grow through life changing experiences, gaining new skills and qualifications, such as BTECs with CVQO and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. They also gain their own skills and qualifications, which are transferable to their civilian lives as they enjoy fun with friends.
The weekend’s events were also supported by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales, who enable Cadet Force Adult Volunteers to inspire cadets to achieve in the classroom and their future adult careers.
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