Lifetime awards night for Ayrshire cadets

Army cadets from Ayrshire were awarded certificates of achievement recently by the vice Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran.

Colonel John Dalrymple Hamilton OBE TD DL visited Inkerman Training Group that has detachments in various locations in southern and eastern Ayrshire.

Cadet Taylr Bye (13) from Girvan, Basic Certificate

Cadet Taylr Bye (13) from Girvan, Basic Certificate

The cadets were on a residential training weekend at their centre in Seaforth Road Ayr.

No fewer than eight cadets were awarded their Expedition Sectional Certificate of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at bronze or silver level.

Some also had completed their volunteering or physical section, which they also received. The Army Cadet Force is one of the biggest Operating Authority for these internationally recognised awards.

Onto the Army Proficiency Syllabus the main training & testing the Army Cadet Force operate, there was another huge batch of certificates.

Six cadets were awarded their basic badge after passing their recruits test, four gained one star, five gained their two star and no fewer than six were awarded their three star certificates. Top of the presentations, four cadets were promoted to Lance Corporal with one becoming a Corporal.

Training Group Commander Gloria Burns said: “The award ceremony was the accumulation of many months of training and testing for our youngsters. It was fitting that the vice Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire & Arran presented their certificates and badges to recognise their hard work.”

The West Lowland Battalion Army Cadet Force has 34 detachments throughout Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Dumfries and Galloway and is open to males and females between 12 and 18 years old.