LOYALTY, respect, responsibility and teamwork; four staple qualities taught to Australian Army Cadets.
At the beginning of September, Goondiwindi’s Doug Redman pushed the idea of forming a local school cadet unit and before long Cadets QLD were contacting the Goondiwindi RSL.
RSL secretary Mike Vogler and deputy president Greg Rixon said the RSL would act as mentors and provide financial assistance to the local cadet group.
“We spoke with Joel, a commanding officer for the Dalby cadets, and he is bringing a catafalque party for our Remembrance Day service to show school students what cadets is all about,” Mr Vogler said.
He is bringing a catafalque party for our Remembrance Day service to show school students what cadets is all about.Mike Vogler
So far the RSL have had about 35 school-aged children interested in joining a Goondiwindi Cadet unit.
Mr Rixon admitted cadets were not about carrying weaponry, rather learning drills, skills and creating friendships.
“They do have five ceremonial weapons however it’s more about learning new skills and being involved in the community.
“They will be at events such as Anzac Day, Vietnam Veterans Day, all war services as well as school presentations and Gallipoli events,” he said.
The cadets are open to all school children from Goondiwindi and surrounds.
The RSL will mentor cadets in field craft, map reading, navigation, team work, radio telephone and watermanship.
“We’re also looking for three to six adults who would be interested in running the show.
“Our role is only in mentoring and finances but we need people who will be on ground,” Mr Rixon said.
The RSL hope to hold a number of community meetings regarding the formation of a cadet unit in Goondiwindi.
Mr Rixon said he was unaware of a cadet unit ever being established in Goondiwindi, dating back the the 70s. The Argus will follow this story as it develops.