Three army cadets from Minden Company, Lothian and Borders Battalion (Bn.) Army Cadet Force (ACF) have been recognised for their skills.
Cadet Corporals (Cpl) Shannon Atkinson from Hawick, Aaron Millar from Eyemouth and Steven Rattray from Melrose all passed the ACF level of Three Star at a course held recently at Drumshoreland Weekend Training Centre near Broxburn.
During their time in the ACF, cadets learn valuable skills from map reading and navigation through being able to survive living ‘in the field’ to working together as a team. The testing system is based on earning ‘stars’ from Half and One Star to Two Star, where cadets learn the basics, all the way up to Three and Four Star where the skills learnt are enhanced and developed further. Once a cadet reaches the level of Three Star they also have to demonstrate the ability to teach these skills back to the junior cadets.
Minden Company Commander Major Alan Cook was full of praise for all three cadets: “The achievement of gaining Three Star is one of the highest accolades a cadets can make.”
Following the final parade each cadet was presented with his certificate and badge by Bn. Honorary Colonel Gavin Hastings.