Fourth star for Tristan

March 22, 2019

An Army Cadet from Sutherland has completed the Cadet Training Syllabus after being presented with his Four Star Army Proficiency Certificate (APC). 

The certificate presented to Cadet Colour Sergeant Tristan Jack (17), from 1st Battalion the Highlanders’ Farr Detachment, represents the highest level a cadet can achieve within the syllabus.

The syllabus has five levels in total, from Basic right up to Four Star, with each level having 10 separate sections to complete from subjects ranging from First Aid to Shooting. Once completed at star level the cadets progress onto the APC level and get taught the same 10 sections, but with more and more advanced lessons at each level. When cadets reach Three and Four Star level they are also introduced to the Cadet Force Instructional Techniques to allow them to also become instructors to teach their fellow cadets the syllabus.

CSgt Jack has been a member of the Battalion since February 2014 and has taken advantage of everything offered to cadets: from Adventure Training trips with his fellow Caithness Company cadets, to skiing to International Cadet Exchanges, where last year for the Summer he spent six weeks staying with his counterparts of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets in the Yukon.

Tristan gets ready for a bird’s eye view of his expedition route during the exchange visit in Canada’s Yukon.

Tristan was presented with his Four Star Certificate by the Battalion’s Deputy Commandant Cadets, Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Reid (51), during a Caithness Company Training Weekend in Thurso (main image).

Although Four Star marks the end of Tristan’s formal Cadet Training there is one more qualification he can achieve, Master Cadet. This is designed to broaden and develop further the leadership, instructional and administrative responsibilities of Four Star cadets with the intention of making better use of their abilities.

• You can read about Tristan’s Canadian adventure HERE.