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What does the cadet force do?

The cadet training consists of Military type subjects: Map reading & Navigation, Field craft, Rifle Drill, Marching, Weapon Handling & Range firing, Field tactics, Patrolling & Exercises. We also carry out Adventurous Training: Rappelling, Expeditions. In addition civilian training consists of First Aid, Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze, Silver and gold Awards, Leadership development and communications skills. The cadets also have the opportunity to participate in Sporting events such as Football, Track and Field, Swimming, cross-country, Athletics, Track & Field and Orienteering at the Battalion and Company levels. As the Cadet progresses through the training syllabus, they have the opportunity to attend Courses such as Physical Training Instructor, Signals, Leadership Development, Junior & Senior Instructors Cadets. As well as learning many valuable skills, you will make new friends, feel a sense of achievement and have lots of fun during your time with the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force.

STAR TRAINING

The training undertaken by the cadets is Progressive. You start with Basic training and work toward the Four Star Master Cadet level. Below are the subjects you will cover as an army cadet.

BASIC TRAINING

When you first begin cadets you will do your Basic Training. This training gives you an insight into many of the subjects you will cover as a cadet, and gives you the foundations for the rest of your training. You will have a practical test on the skills you have learned. Successful completion of this test gives the right to wear the beret.

As a recruit you cover the following subjects:
  • Drill
  • Turnout
  • Service Knowledge
  • Expedition training
Once you have completed this training you will be awarded this badge:
STAR ONE TRAINING

Once you have finished your Basic training and become a cadet you start your One Star training. Some of the subjects at this level you would have already come across as a recruit, new ones include first aid and shooting.

  • Drill
  • Turnout
  • Military Knowledge
  • Skill at Arms
  • Field craft
  • Expedition training
  • Shooting
  • First aid
  • Cadet in the Community
  • Map and Compass
  • Physical training
Once you have completed this training you will be awarded this badge:
STAR TWO TRAINING

Your Two Star training is a progression of your One star. You do the same subjects and few more, but to a greater level. As a result you will be a safer and more proficient cadet.

  • Drill
  • Rifle Drill
  • Turnout
  • Military Knowledge
  • Skill at Arms
  • Field craft
  • Expedition training
  • Shooting
  • First aid
  • Cadet in the Community
  • Map and Compass
  • Band training
  • Physical training
Once you have completed this training you will be awarded this badge:
STAR THREE TRAINING

By the time you gain your Three Star you are a senior cadet, and may well hold rank. By this stage in your training you are reliable and mature enough to cover more complex and exciting parts of the training syllabus.

There is also the opportunity for you to go on Method of Instruction courses to learn how to pass on your knowledge to other cadets.

Once you have completed this training you will be awarded this badge:
STAR FOUR TRAINING

Gaining your Four Star is a very important event in the Army Cadet Force and is one of the milestones of a cadet's career. In your Four Star training the emphasis is very much on being a leader and developing the skills to do that properly. You will have the opportunity to train with the army and attend various courses, including the Senior Instructors course.

Once you have completed this training you will be awarded this badge:
The Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is one of the main points of focus for the cadets. Many Jamaicans and some of our cadets participate in the scheme every year.

The Cadet Force has been involved in the scheme for a number of years and during that time many cadets have undertaken and completed the scheme. As there are many similarities with cadet training, many things done as part of the star training counts towards the award.

The Award scheme starts at Bronze level and then progresses to the Silver award and finally to the Gold.

Cadets are naturally very proud when they gain an award because of the work they have put in to it. The award scheme is entirely voluntary so cadets only take part if they really want to. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards all have four compulsory sections; Service, Expedition, Skill and Physical Recreation.

Awards
  • Bronze award- Minimum of six month for completion
  • Silver award- Minimum of one year for completion
  • Gold award- Minimum of one year six months for completion
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