Staff Cadet Colour Serjeant (CSjt) Abbie Addiscott-Allen from Henley Detachment, Oxfordshire Army Cadet Force was selected to take part in an India Exchange project to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence.
The UK’s Army Cadet Force selected and sent eight Staff Cadets & supporting Cadet Force Adult Volunteers to India. They underwent a tough selection process including an interview and submitting a personal statement. Before flying to India, Staff Cadet CSjt Addiscott-Allen spent a few days at the National Cadet Training Centre in Frimley Park with the other seven cadets undertaking Team Building activities, military briefings and final kit checks.
The National Cadet Corps Youth Exchange program saw 11 different countries and over 100 cadets meet in India. The cadets participated in community events, military briefings and activities. During the trip, the cadets learnt about each other’s socio-economic and cultural realities. After 2 weeks in India, before flying home they had the opportunity to look around Mumbai and the Taj Mahal.
On Staff Cadet CSjt Addiscott-Allen’s return to Henley Detachment she briefed the cadets on how her trip went and showed them gifts she had received. Its common tradition on cadet exchanges to take badges and merchandise to swap or gift with other cadets from other countries. Overall, it was a successful trip and has Inspired Staff Cadet CSjt Addiscott-Allen to visit more counties and learn more about other cultures.
The Army Cadet Force is a national youth organisation sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Defence for 12 to 18-year olds; Army Cadets provides a challenging and varied syllabus based on military themes. Henley Army Cadet Force parade every Wednesday from 1915 to 2130 at The Drill Hall on Friday Street and are currently looking for new Cadets and Adult Volunteers, feel free to come along and experience something new.
For Henley Detachment enquiries – please email the Detachment Commander, Lt Mel Fearn on firstname.lastname@example.org