Volunteer Lani earns her stripes

January 26, 2022

An Adult Volunteer from Caithness has recently completed the final stage of their training to become a fully trained Adult Instructor with the Army Cadet Force.

Potential Instructor Lani Jones (21), from 1st Battalion The Highlanders Army Cadet Force’s Castletown Detachment, completed her Adult Induction Course in November at Barry Buddon Training Centre near Dundee.

The Adult Induction Course is the final course an Adult Volunteer completes in becoming an Adult Instructor with the Army Cadets, which also confirms their promotion to the rank of Sergeant Instructor. During the course, Probationary Instructors will deliver lessons on Navigation, Fieldcraft and Drill, but also be given the opportunity to gain new knowledge, skills and friends from outside their respective ACF County.

The nine-day course, which was held between 12-20 November and 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.

Four cadets
Lani with fellow Adult Volunteers across the UK on their Adult Induction Course.

Lani’s knowledge was tested by delivering a number of lessons to fellow students on her course. Each lesson was assessed by members of the training team who were more than happy with her lesson delivery, meaning Lani is now able to teach the majority of the syllabus to the cadets of Caithness Company.

Upon her return to the Detachment, Lani received her promotion to Sergeant on 7 December at a presentation held at Thurso Detachment by Caithness Company Commander Major Neil McLean.

1st Battalion the Highlanders ACF is a youth organisation which provides challenging adventure, sporting and community activities aiming to inspire young people to achieve success in live while having fun at the same time. To find out more, click HERE.

● Main image shows Lani Jones (left) receiving her Sergeant stripes from Caithness Company Commander Major Neil MacLean (right).