Introduced this year, the Army Cadet elective primarily focuses on leadership training through a range of activities in a military-like setting. Some of the activities include navigation and orienteering, robotics, drone UAV training, team-building, field camps, ceremonial drills, radio communication skills, engineering, basic bush skills, first aid, equipment maintenance and participation in military bands.
Year 8 and 9 students undertaking the elective are members of the 430 unit and are required to dress in Australian Army uniform for their weekly parades.
Recently the Commander of the Army Cadets, Colonel Simon Ridgway, visited the unit at one of these parades and officially promoted three students to the rank of Lance Corporal. This is the first step in a system of promotions and is significant in terms of leadership.
Cardijn College is one of five schools in the State offering Army Cadets as an elective, with Sacred Heart and St Michael’s Colleges, Pulteney Grammar School and Tatachilla Lutheran College also part of the program.
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