Volunteers earn their stripes

May 2, 2023
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Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.

Adult Volunteers from the Highlands & Islands have recently completed the final stage of their training to become fully fledged Adult Instructors with the Army Cadet Force.

1st Battalion The Highlanders’ Potential Instructors Tiernan Mayhew (18), Gemma Buchan (37), Ben Smith (31), Christopher Gunn (25) and Amber Salter (24) completed their Advanced Induction Course last month at Redford Barracks, Edinburgh.

The Advanced Induction Course is the final step an Adult Volunteer takes to becoming an Adult Instructor with the Army Cadets, which also confirms their promotion to the rank of Sergeant Instructor.

During the course the PIs deliver lessons on Navigation, Fieldcraft and Drill, but are also given the opportunity to gain new knowledge, skills and friends from outside their respective Army Cadet County.

The nine-day course, delivered by the 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. All five instructors’ knowledge was tested by delivering a number of lessons to fellow students on their course.

Each lesson was assessed by members of the training team who were more than happy with their lesson delivery, meaning all five are now able to teach the majority of the syllabus to the cadets at their respective Detachments: PI Smith and Buchan at Kirkwall Detachment, PI Gunn at Halkirk Detachment, PI Salter at Inverness Detachment and PI Mayhew at Lerwick Detachment.

● Picture shows the volunteers completing their course in Edinburgh (from left): PIs Christopher Gunn, Tiernan Mayhew, Gemma Buchan, Amber Salter, and Ben Smith.