Chinchilla cadets shine at annual camp

10th October 2017 2:45 PM
COMMENDED CADETS: Award winning cadets raise their trophies high. COMMENDED CADETS: Award winning cadets raise their trophies high. Contributed

CHINCHILLA cadets proved their mettle at the Australian Army Cadets South Queensland Brigade (AAC SQ Bde) Annual Camp last month.

The week-long camp was held at Greenbank Military Training Area and was attended by about 1500 cadets and staff.

AACSQ Bde is made up of five battalions, and each battalion is made of a number of units.

141 Army Cadet Unit Chinchilla belongs to 11 Battalion along with units at Dalby, St George, Goondiwindi, Warwick, Gatton, Toowoomba, Wondai, Ipswich, Pittsworth, and Toowoomba Grammar School.

Australia Army Cadets Officer Commanding Captain Wade McCullough said it was an excellent week.

Cadet Lance Corporal Kiara Spiers from 141 ACU Chinchilla won the trophy for best grouping during the T2 range shoot.

"It means you get the closest amount of rounds in the target together in the group,” Capt McCullough said.

141 ACU Chinchilla also won the best prepared unit for camp trophy, and 11 Battalion won the best battalion at camp trophy.

The award recognises performance, organisation, and punctuality.

The camp is divided into Tier 1 (first year cadets) and Tier 2 (cadets with more than one year's experience).

Tier 1 cadets spent two days in field participating in a round robin series of activities including archery, rock wall climbing, and a confidence course.

Tier 2 cadets were divided into several groups and did lessons in commutation, robotics, survival, engineering, first aid and UAVs (drones).

"It's a combination of all the training they've done during the year, just on a bigger scale,” Capt McCullough said.