Cadets stand tall dur­ing in­spec­tion

Up­per Is­land Cove corps es­tab­lished 46 years ago

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

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