Eighty Australian Army Cadets from units across Australia converged on Kokoda Barracks, Canungra, on Thursday, 3 March 2011, where they commenced the annual Chief of Army Cadet Team Challenge.
The Cadets, aged between 15 and 18 years, competed in a range of activities designed to test their knowledge and skills, including quick-decision exercises, ceremonial drill, field craft, navigation, first aid, engineering tasks, leadership and teamwork.
After a hotly contested competition, the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, announced that the champion team was New South Wales, closely followed by Western Australia in second place. Western Australia won the Regimental Sergeant Major – Army (RSM‑A) ceremonial drill trophy.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator the Hon David Feeney, said the Chief of Army Cadet Team Challenge provides an excellent opportunity for the Cadets to capitalise on the skills they have developed during the past twelve months, and provides them with an activity that tests them both as individuals and in a team environment.
“I would like to congratulate the New South Wales team on winning the overall challenge and also congratulate the Western Australian team on coming runner up in the overall contest and winning the RSM‑A Drill Competition,” said Senator Feeney.
“I would also like to congratulate all of the cadets that gave up their weekend to participate in the challenge and demonstrate the Army values of Courage, Initiative and Teamwork.”
Lieutenant General Gillespie said that for these future community and military leaders, the Challenge provided an excellent opportunity to capitalise on unit training and working together as a team.
“The Army cadets all performed really well, demonstrating the value of teamwork and they are delivering what will be Australia’s next generation of leaders, whether they be in uniform or other walks of life,” he said.
The Australian Army Cadets is a youth development program, conducted by the Australian Army in cooperation with the community. The program is designed to benefit the Nation by developing the individual, their community and the Australian Army.
The Cadets who attended the challenge returned to their units on Sunday, 6 March.
MAJ (AAC) Ben Robinson, Public Affairs Officer, Australian Army Cadets, 0427 428 057.
Lorna Clarke (Senator Feeney’s office), 0408 345 730
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