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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland


26 July 2021

An outstanding teenage Cadet from the Carrickfergus Open Detachment of the Army Cadet Force has been appointed to serve as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the County of Antrim.


Cadet Sergeant Robert Allen takes on a largely ceremonial year-long role during which he will attend Mr David McCorkell, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim, on major civic occasions.  In recognition of the award Robert will wear a special insignia on his uniform throughout his year in office.


Described in the formal Citation which accompanies the honour, as ‘an enthusiastic and hard-working cadet’ Robert, is steadily progressing through the cadet syllabus and making the most of the broad range of challenges and opportunities the Army Cadets offers, including completing his Junior Cadet Instructors Cadre, Cadet Leadership Course and Cadet Radio User Qualification. In addition, he has successfully completed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and is well on his way to earning Silver.


Robert’s blend of determination and commitment, coupled with a lively sense of fun, have already opened exciting opportunities for him to progress within the Cadet movement. He recently represented his Battalion on a major six-week Canadian exchange project, taking part in and learning to coach a variety of sports including Football, Frisbee, Lacrosse and Softball, earning the sports-mad teen a Canadian Silver First Aid Award.  While in Canada, Robert was also able to demonstrate his considerable leadership skills when he was selected to act as a platoon commander on the exchange visit.


Robert is pictured with his proud dad, Richard, and Mr David McCorkell, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim.  While the ceremony to mark the conferral of the prestigious award was socially-distanced, Robert is already looking forward to a busy year ahead as restrictions lift.