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The value of being an Australian Army Cadet

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Mar 30, 2018 6:00:00 AM

The value of being an Australian army cadet.jpgTraining provided in the Australian Army Cadet Unit at Trinity develops character, leadership skills and instils a sense of service in young people.

Leadership skills and experience are highly valued in both the workplace and society generally. The Australian Army Cadets programme equips students with vital life skills and can provide some advantage in the quest for scholarships and jobs.

The value of being an Cadet lies in the technical, practical, personal and organisational skills that are developed through Cadet training and include:

1. Communication
Clear communication is vital in all parts of life, but particularly in Cadets. A miscommunication could mean completing the wrong task or completing it incorrectly.

2. Teamwork
Cadets never work alone. They rely on teamwork to achieve challenging tasks.

3. Problem solving
Cadets interact with their group to solve practical problems, resolve disputes or challenges that may exist and ensure activities are completed safely. 

4. Initiative and enterprise
Boys learn to face challenges, overcome them, and recognise that they provide an opportunity for personal growth.

5. Planning and organising
Few other activities in a school allow for boys to have responsibility for their direct peers or younger students for extended periods. A senior boy (under staff supervision) is likely to be responsible for the welfare of 20 or more younger boys over the period of a week. He must ensure that their hygiene, nutritional, physical and emotional needs are met. 

6. Self-management
Among many things, Cadets learn how to prepare a meal for themselves and to take care of their own hygiene whilst in the bush.

7. Learning
There is no end to the learning provided from participation in Cadets. Lessons in First Aid, living in the field, navigation and field craft, drills and leadership skills are taught.

8. Leadership
There are several advantages for boys to experience leadership. A key feature of leading in the Cadet Unit is that any boy can lead. Some boys without a formal leadership role may have a skill that is valuable to other members of the group and they will often teach that skill. On some occasions sharing that skill will have a practical effect, i.e., the group might not get lost on a navigation exercise or they might stay dry when the rain comes. Boys who nominate themselves for formal leadership roles are required to attend a ‘promotions’ course before they can be promoted to a higher rank. They are taught leadership skills such as planning, communication and modelling. The training is rigorous and encourages boys to extend themselves so that others can benefit.

The Trinity Grammar School Australian Army Cadet Unit provides compulsory co-curricular Army Cadet training for all boys in Year 8, with 2018 marking the 80th year of the programme at the School. The Annual Ceremonial Parade provides an opportunity for boys to show what they have learnt in drill over the course of the training year, and is a highlight for parents, teachers and students alike. 

Cadets equips Trinity boys with life skills related to leadership, discipline, autonomy and dealing with challenges and pressure – skills that are highly valued in the workplace and in society in general. Trinity has found that those boys who continue beyond the compulsory two-year cadet window are amongst the best leaders that the School produces.

Trinity Grammar School encourages your son to realise his potential, pursue his passions and discover his purpose all within the context of a supportive Christian environment. We have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit for over a century and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed.

To learn more about the Trinity difference and our Certificate II in Leadership Through Cadets programme, download our course information booklet.

Certificate II in Leadership Through Cadets

Topics: Boys' education, Physical education, Outdoor education, Trinity difference, Cadets, Leadership