Army Cadets Sergeant Brody Mainville (left) and Cadet Preston Parr, (right) we’re two of the ten local Cadets who attended the level one boot camp in Trail British Columbia this past weekend. (Photo by: WO Hailey Nadon)

Saying goodbye while saying hello

Changes at Creston Army Cadets

Army Cadet Sergeant Brody Mainville and Cadet Preston Parr were two of ten local Cadets who attended the level one boot camp in Trail British Columbia this past weekend. This boot camp was to teach all the new cadets who joined this year all the basics of the Cadet Program including drill, dress, and deportment.

Sergeant (Sgt) Brody Mainville from 1746 One Service Battalion, Royal Canadian Army Cadets, in Creston BC, attended this boot camp as an instructor passing on his six years of cadet knowledge to the new generation of cadets. Sadly Sgt Mainville ages out of the Cadet program this month.

“In the cadet program, you get to learn new skills, travel places, and make friends. This is why I would encourage people to join. These are all things I enjoyed.” Said Brody. He accomplished many goals throughout his cadet career including becoming a level three snare drummer and being accepted to attend honour band. Though it’s hard to say goodbye, we are currently also saying hello to many new faces in corps and squadrons all around British Columbia.

Cadet (Cdt) Preston Parr joined the Army Cadet Corps in Creston two months ago. Seeing his older brother in Cadets, he was excited to learn how to do drill, take care of his uniform, and to meet lots of new people. During the level one boot camp, he met many new level one cadets just like himself. This weekend also gave him a chance to meet cadets from six other local corps and squadrons in the area, including sea and air cadets. This gave Cdt Parr a better understanding of the Cadet Program as a whole. Because of the fantastic senior role models, Cdt Parr has to look up to, he is already planning his goals and ambitions for his future in the Cadet program.

“I’d love to become the highest rank I can earn before I age out, I’m going for Chief Warrant Officer,” said Cdt Parr.

The Cadet Program is free of charge and is available for youth 12-18 years of age. The aims of the Cadet Program are to instill in youth the attributes of leadership, citizenship, physical fitness and an interest in the air, army, and sea activities of the Canadian Armed Forces. Weekends like this allow Cadets both young and old to learn and develop new life skills.

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