Cadets stand tall during inspection
Upper Island Cove corps established 46 years ago
The 2797 army cadet corps in Upper Island Cove staged its 46th annual inspection on May 12, with under 20 young cadets on parade.
The corps was established in March 1966 under the sponsorship of the Church Lads Brigade of Upper Island Cove. It was later designed the Upper Island Cove Army Cadet Corps. The corps is sponsored by Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 22 in Upper Island Cove, and is affiliated with the 37 Service Battalion, which is an army reserve unit.
At its peak, the corps paraded some 120-plus cadets, but the numbers have steadily declined over the years. Despite the shrinking enrolment, commanding officer Capt. Cindy Dobbin said the corps remains viable thanks to the support of sponsors, parents and leaders.
She encourages young people to try the cadet movement. “Stand tall, take part, and enjoy what this organization has to offer,” she said. “You will be better for it in the future because you are our leaders of tomorrow and the cadet program is an excellent starting base.”
The 2797 army cadet corps in Upper Island Cove held its 2012 annual ceremonial review earlier this month. Members include the following: Front (l-r) — Lt. Craig Dobbin, Lt. April Menchions, Capt. Cindy Dobbin, Lt. Rhonda Lynch and civilian instructor (CI) Stephen Walsh; second row — Lance-cpl. Hiliary Sharpe, Lance-cpl. Tamara Skinner, Cpl. Christian Mercer, Sgt. Chantelle Power and Cadet Jocelyn Earle; third row — Cpl. Jesse Rideout, Sgt. Jo-lee Sparkes, Warrant Officer Rebecca Mercer, Cpl. Ryan Brown and Lance-cpl. Ryan Adams; back — Cpl. Andrea Adams, Cpl. Tyler Snow, Lance-cpl. Harley Smith, Master Warrant Officer Alex Smith, Sgt. Allie Crane, Cpl. Andrew Haire and Cpl. Kyle Mercer.
The 2797 army cadet band puts on a show during the annual ceremonial review in Upper Island Cove on May 12. Pictured are, from left, glockenspiel player Sgt. Jo-lee Sparkes, and drummers Cpl. Ryan Brown, Cpl. Kyle Mercer and Cpl. Tyler Snow.
Cpl. Jesse Rideout (right) accepts an award for Espirit de Corps from Lt. Gerald Mccarthy of the 37 Service Battalion.
Cadets give a physical training demonstration.
Capt. Craig Ball (centre) inspects members of the 2797 army cadet corps in Upper Island Cove earlier this month.