Two Ross-shire members of the Army Cadet Force have been rewarded with promotions for their recent hard work and leadership.
1st Battalion the Highlanders’ Tain Detachment members Cadet Corporal Hunter Ross (16) was promoted to Cadet Sergeant, while Potential Instructor Adam Davidson (51) was promoted to Sergeant Instructor at the Cadet Centre in Tain.
Sgt Ross has been a member of the Ross Company Detachment since April 2015 and has taken advantage of everything that being a cadet can offer, from travelling to various parts of the UK to enhance his STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) knowledge to representing the cadets at local community engagements.
He has also represented the company on several occasions in small-bore shooting competitions and is currently taking part in trials to be selected for the Battalion’s Shooting Team to represent them in the upcoming Cadet Target Rifle competitions at Barry Buddon and Bisley Ranges in May and July. His promotion to Sergeant also makes him the Senior Cadet of Ross Company, making him a role model for the younger cadets to aspire to when they reach his level, something which he is taking seriously by taking part in the Cadet Leadership Course (currently being held at Barry Buddon). This gives him an opportunity to build on his leadership abilities both in the classroom and outdoors through the use of Command Tasks and Fieldcraft scenarios.
SI Davidson was promoted after recently completing his Adult Induction Course at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh. The nine-day course, delivered by Cadet Training Team Scotland, is designed to test instructors – who wish to be Adult Volunteers in the cadets – on their knowledge of the Cadet Training Syllabus. Adam’s knowledge was tested by delivering a number of lessons to fellow students on his course. Each lesson was assessed by members of the training team who were more than happy with his lesson delivery, meaning Adam is now able to teach the majority of the Cadet Training Syllabus to the cadets of Ross Company, with the exception of those subjects that require additional formal qualifications such as First Aid.
Both promotions were made at the Tain Cadet Centre on Chapel Road by the Battalion’s Deputy Commandant (Cadets), Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Reid in front of the cadets of Tain Detachment.