TRAIL, BC. – Ordinary Seaman Lochlan Reid from the Trail Sea Cadet Corp. receives his certificate for completing the Level 1 “Boot Camp” that was held last weekend at the Kembel Armories in Trail.
The “Boot Camp” was an introduction for cadets from around the Kootenays to learn about the basics of Drill, Uniform Care and Marksmanship with other cadets.
Lochlan has been in Sea Cadets for about 2 months and is a member of 131 Kootenay Sea Cadets, in Trail. He was interested in cadets because his Step-Father was also in the Sea Cadet program. Lochlan also enjoys water, so the idea of being in Sea Cadets was a given.
Lochlan enjoyed taking part in the physical activities provided throughout the weekend, as well as marksmanship. He hopes to take part in General Training this summer and eventually wishes to apply the skills he learns from sea cadets in the military as a medic.
The Cadet program, which include Sea, Army and Air Cadets, is the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 50,000 participants across Canada. The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets accepts youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a desire to learn more about the naval element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship, and who wish to promote physical fitness. While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces when he or she finishes their Cadet career.