Cadets of­fer lead­er­ship skills

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Tay­lar Amonini

Lead­er­ship, team-build­ing and life skills are just some of what New­man youth will learn as a new army cadets unit is formed in the re­gional town.

Af­ter much public in­ter­est and com­mu­nity dis­cus­sion, the army cadet unit was formed with the help of the Pil­bara reg­i­ment and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity

The unit, named 516ACU, will be based in New­man, open to youth aged 13-17, and will be fronted by former army com­man­der Clint Swadling.

Mr Swadling said he put his hand up to of­fer ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter pre­vi­ously be­ing an of­fi­cer com­mand­ing in two units in Queens­land. “At this stage it’s in the early days but we will be­gin to pa­rade on the first Mon­day of Septem­ber at the Pil­bara Bar­racks,” he said.

“There will be a vast range of youth de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, with the pri­mary fo­cus be­ing premier youth de­vel­op­ment in Aus­tralia.”

The parad­ing, other­wise known as train­ing, will con­sist of var­i­ous field ac­tiv­i­ties, in­ter-unit chal­lenges, an­nual camps and a range of prac­tices.

To join the unit, fam­i­lies can visit the Aus­tralian Army Cadet web­site, army­cadets.gov.au or join in on the first night on Septem­ber 4 at the New­man A troop Army Bar­racks on Laver Street, be­gin­ning at 7pm.

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