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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



10 November 2014

At a ceremony held recently at The Queen’s University Great Hall, Colonel Maurice Warnock, Cadet Commandant of 2nd Northern Ireland Battalion Army Cadet Force, presented the young people from the Borough with BTEC (Public Services), National Navigation Awards, and Cadet Four Star Army Proficiency certificates earned over the past year.  Reinforcing the importance and value of such achievements, Colonel Warnock said, “Membership of the Cadet Force has long been highly regarded by employers and those in higher education, but now we are enhancing that reputation by providing Cadets with still more opportunities to earn important and even nationally recognized qualifications – and, much to their credit, these young people have taken full advantage of those opportunities!  In doing so, they have enhanced both their confidence and their employability.”

The graded Army Proficiency Certificate is a form of training which gets more challenging each year and Cadets are encouraged to work their way up to four star accreditation, developing a vast range of skills along the way, tackling everything from fieldcraft and first aid to sport and community work.

Colonel Warnock concluded, “Cadet membership is a past-time which is growing in popularity as more young people look for positive outlets for their energy and talents.  Within a supportive and encouraging Cadet Detachment, they can expect not only to take on new skills, but also to develop personal confidence and make lasting friendships – and parents as well as teenagers will be delighted to learn that the opportunities we provide are all either free or extremely low in cost.”