More than 20 young people showed an interest in joining the Army Cadets this week by attending an Enrolment Evening. Accompanied by their parents, the youngsters were welcomed by Captain Alan Montegriffo who explained the background to the Cadet organisation, its aims and its recent growth in Gibraltar.
The evening was held at Buffadero Training Camp.
Captain Montegriffo explained that whilst the organisation is not part of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment’s recruiting campaign, several ex-cadets are now excelling as soldiers in the Regiment. He stressed that the local cadet unit is classed as a local youth organisation fully funded by the Gibraltar Government.
The youngsters all aged between 12 and 17, and their parents also met some experienced cadets and were able to view a display of the equipment the cadets carry when on exercise.Squads of cadets gave demonstrations of drill and of a patrolling exercise.
A cadet also gave them a demonstration of how cadets are expected to iron their uniforms!
The unit takes on boys and girls.
Members of the new intake, the 7th since the unit was formed in 2009, will join immediately but there are still a few vacancies.