Read more about the benefits of Cadets in this Herald Sun article.
The Peninsula Grammar
Cadet Unit was established in 1965 and since that time has operated most
successfully as part of the Personal Development Program. Membership
Cadets provides outstanding
opportunities for personal growth and development in our students. It
seeks to develop leadership skills, to foster teamwork and to encourage
an ethic of service, resiliency, mateship and self-discipline. It also
offers a lot of fun and enjoyment.
Students must commit to Cadets for a year, to experience the Bivouac in Term 2 and/or Annual Camp
in Term 3 as these are two of the highlights of the cadet year.
Enrolments are on-going and students may join the unit from the
beginning of Year 7.
In the first year, the Cadets learn the basics of living and
surviving in the field. Training at this stage includes hygiene,
survival, living in the field, cooking, basic first aid, accepting
responsibility for others, learning to function as part of a team, basic
field engineering, etc. All training takes place during school time as
part of the Personal Development Program.
In the second year and
beyond, Cadets are given the responsibility for delivering lessons to
Cadet recruits and they are given leadership opportunities in
preparation for promotion courses which take place at Puckapunyal
Military Training Area twice a year. These are run by the Victorian
Army Cadet Brigade and often staffed by Cadet Officers from School and
Cadets also have the
opportunity to use elements of their cadet experience to contribute to
the successful completion of the Compass and Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Students must be twelve and a half years old at the time of enrolment in the Cadet Unit.
Involvement in the Cadet Corps includes training of a military but strictly non-warlike nature.
Students may, if they wish, continue their involvement
through Years 10, 11 and 12. By this time they have usually attended
promotion courses and are actively involved in the leadership and
administration of the unit, serving as Non-Commissioned Officers (COs)
or Cadet Under Officers (CUOs). This training greatly assists them in
leadership roles in other positions of responsibility within the School
and it is no coincidence that each year, the School's Prefect Body
consists of a large number of Cadets and former Cadets. It must be
emphasised that a Cadet in the Peninsula Grammar Cadet Unit is not, in
any way, a member of the Australian Army.
LT(AAC) Christen Jacobs