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The Australian Army Cadets is a youth leadership programme. It is a forum for young people to develop confidence, self-discipline, respect and the spirit of adventure. It also instils the Army values of teamwork, initiative and moral courage. The Scots School Cadet Unit is a school based unit which has sponsorship from the defence force. The cadet parade is designed to be run by the cadets themselves with older cadets having the opportunity to teach and lead the younger cadets.

From 2016, Cadets will no longer be compulsory except for two terms at the end of Year 7 and the beginning of Year 8 to give students a taste of Cadets and in preparation for the Year 8 Adventure Camp in May at Wambaroo in the Southern Highlands. This Adventure Camp will also double as the Cadet Recruitment Qualifying Camp. Following the Year 8 Adventure Camp, students in Year 8 will decide if they wish to continue with Cadets. Students in Years 7, 9 and 10 have the option of doing Cadets from the beginning of the year, which will continue to operate on Wednesday afternoons. Terms One and Four will be for all Cadets and Terms Two and Three will be for Cadet Rank only. The Cadet Ceremonial Parade will be held at the conclusion of Term 4 for all of the Cadet Unit and the Pipes and Drums.  

The types of activities cadets are involved in include: radio procedure, navigation skills, first aid, drill and living in the field. The field skills are taught in Term 1. They are put into practice on Year 8 camp, which is a camp designed to reach the requirements of the recruit year; cadets with rank also have the option of attending as leaders. In Term 4 cadets practise their Drill for Ceremonial Parade, which is an important highlight of the school year.  During Terms 2 and 3, it is optional for any cadet that would like to obtain rank to continue to parade and learn new skills. These cadets go away to military funded camps and promotion courses that allow them to achieve a higher leadership position. The skills developed on these courses include how to teach a lesson, leadership styles, people skills and proficiency with communication.  

During Terms Two and Three the cadet unit is preparing cadets for various courses that are run by the NSW Cadet Brigade. These courses are external and give our cadets the opportunity to go away for up to a week and stay with other cadets from other units across NSW. They participate in various practical tests and give presentations with other potential cadet leaders. At the end of a course our cadets, along with others, will hopefully obtain the rank they have been training for. These awards are nationally recognised and the rank worn by a cadet has been earned through a standardised series of tests.  The Cadet program provides wonderful opportunities for personal growth and the development along with leadership credentials, which are highly regarded in the broader community.

Click here for Army Cadet Enrolment Forms

The rank structure of the cadet unit is as follows:

Lance Corporal (LCPL)
Corporal (CPL)
Sargent (SGT)
Warrant Officer (WO1 or WO2)
The CSM or RSM
Cadet Under Officer (CUO)

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Year 8 and Cadet Leaders Camp

Year 8, and our Cadet leaders in Years 9-11, enjoyed an excellent Cadet Camp in the Blue Mountains last week. For the Cadet Leaders, this camp gives them the opportunity to develop their leadership skills with their group and to take on considerable responsibility. This is done under the watchful eye of an Outdoor Education instructor and our own staff member to ensure safety. The students enjoyed the hike in the vicinity of Mt York and the Hartley Valley along with abseiling, rock climbing, initiatives, camp craft, map and compass reading and many other activities organised by the cadet leaders. Thank you to Major Linins, Captain Galvin, Mr Dundon, Mr Harris, Mr Dawes and the Outdoor Education Group for organising such a wonderful experience.

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The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Day Commemorative Service

The Service was held on Sunday, 18 August 2013 and The Scots School Cadet Unit was pleased to be asked to participate and provide a guard of honour. Cadet RSM Peter Deacon gave the commemorative address and was Commander of the Parade which included a large number of Vietnam Veterans. Peter’s address was a moving tribute to the sacrifices made at the Battle of Long Tan. Sergeant Jonathan Gates led the flag party. Thank you to Major Linins and to Cadet Officers who represented the school at this important event: RSM Peter Deacon, Sergeants Jonathan Gates, Angus Inwood, Giamia Radice and Corporals Tegan Brunton, Jesse Wells and Lily Ross.


The School Cadet Ceremonial Parade is held annually on the night before Speech Day.





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