During the Christmas holidays, I attended a week-long course held at Canungra Army base Kokoda Barracks. This course was for CUOs and WOs (Cadet Under Officers and Warrant Officers). We attended lessons about our roles and responsibilities and were assessed against different criteria. At the end of the week, we had a graduation parade, where I had the pleasure of being a company commander. This means I was one of the top performers on course. After getting back to the unit I received my rank at the promotion dinner where I also received my position, so I am now the CUO (Cadet Under Officer) of 1 platoon.
I have found my cadet experience very rewarding - I have learnt many new skills and values and I have been able to believe in myself and my abilities. Some examples of these are leadership, teamwork and survival and navigation skills. Cadets is a fun way to make new friends and socialise with other people from other schools. We get to attend and participate in many activities that you just don’t get in civilian life. An example of this is the military base visits and national and international cadet competitions and programs.
My advice to you is to be a believer in yourself and your abilities and give everything your best go. It doesn’t hurt to give cadets a shot and if it’s not for you, just because you sign up it doesn’t mean you sign away your life. If you want to get involved in cadets you can email me.