Lani is first Caithness RSM in 21 years

August 8, 2018

An Army cadet from Caithness has become the first in more than two decades to be appointed as the highest ranking cadet of the unit. 

Lani Jones (17), from 1st Battalion The Highlanders’ Castletown Detachment, has been promoted to the battalion’s new Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major, the first from Caithness since 1997.

RSM Jones has been in the ACF since June 2012. During that time she has climbed through the ranks and most recently completed her Master Cadet, the highest level in the cadet Army Proficiency Syllabus. A role model for the younger cadets of the company and the battalion, Lani always volunteers to take part in extra cadet activities and has represented the battalion at Scottish sporting events on several occasions. Lani is also a role model for the young people of Caithness, with her appointment last year as the new Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet of Caithness.

Although the last Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Caithness Company had was in 1997, Lani is the first Caithness Cadet from 1st Battalion the Highlanders to be appointed to the position, as prior to 1999 the battalion was called the Queen’s Own Highlanders Army Cadet Force.

Our picture shows RSM Jones being presented with her new rank and RSM Pacestick by Viscount John Thurso, the Lord Lieutenant of Caithness, during a presentation night at the Thurso Cadet Centre.