Cadets tackle chal­lenge

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Cor­po­ral Adam Richards pre­pares a drone for a test flight be­fore the fi­nal CACTC pa­rade. Cadets pad­dle across the in­door pool dur­ing a com­plex wa­ter ob­sta­cle ac­tiv­ity. A cadet tries her hand at cross­ing the wa­ter ob­sta­cle us­ing the mon­key bars. Cadets bu

About 80 Aus­tralian Army Cadets from units around the coun­try did bat­tle at Puck­a­pun­yal re­cently as they fought for their most sig­nif­i­cant award.

The cadets gath­ered at the lo­cal mil­i­tary area to take part in the an­nual Chief of Army Cadet Team Chal­lenge (CACTC), which was taken out by South Queens­land Army Cadets.

It was a gru­elling two­day, three-night event in in­hos­pitable weather, with nine teams rep­re­sent­ing each Aus­tralian Army Cadet Brigade and bat­tal­ions from around Aus­tralia.

The CACTC cadets were as­sessed on a raft of skills in­clud­ing field nav­i­ga­tion, firearm skills and knowl­edge, use of ra­dios, first aid and pa­tient man­age­ment, ob­sta­cle course, field en­gi­neer­ing, wa­ter ob­sta­cle, lead­er­ship and prob­lem­solv­ing.

Cadet teams each com­prised 10 young men and women and were drawn from units across the coun­try. They un­der­went rig­or­ous mil­i­tary-style train­ing in their units be­fore tak­ing part in the chal­lenge.

Army chief Lieu­tenant Gen­eral An­gus Camp­bell re­viewed and pre­sented awards at a pa­rade of more than 500 peo­ple.

He said the army was very proud of the wider ap­pli­ca­tion of the cadet pro­gram and he had a word of ad­vice for the cadets.

‘‘What­ever you choose to do, do it at the best of your abil­ity and when you do, you’ll en­joy it,’’ he said.

The Aus­tralian Army Cadets is a lead­ing na­tional youth de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion.

There are about 16 000 army cadets rang­ing in age from 13 to 18 years in about 220 units.

‘‘Cadets com­pet­ing in the chal­lenge are some of the finest for their gen­er­a­tion and may one day be­come some of the coun­try’s na­tional lead­ers,’’ Aus­tralian Army Cadets com­man­der Bri­gadier Wayne Budd said. ‘‘Cadets is a fan­tas­tic or­gan­i­sa­tion that gives young Aus­tralians op­por­tu­ni­ties they would not oth­er­wise ex­pe­ri­ence, but with a mil­i­tary flavour.’’

Proud of ef­fort: Sergeant Brian Har­ti­gan, Lieu­tenant Colonel Christo­pher Hol­croft

Wa­ter cross­ing:

Pa­rade:

Test flight:

Good think­ing:

Climb:

Pre­pared: Check­ing their nav­i­ga­tion be­fore set­ting off to the next ac­tiv­ity are Cadet Cor­po­ral Lawrence Beck­ley from 312 ACU, Puck­a­pun­yal, and Cadet Sergeant Blayke Allen from 36 ACU, Frankston.

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