The Nelson Cadet Unit has celebrated its 25th end-of-year parade with a show of strength.
Unit commander Captain Tim Hoffman said the parade was an acknowledgement of the people who started the unit in 1987, and a chance to show it was committed and performing well.
"It's an asset for the region."
The unit was formed out of the Nelson College unit and opened up to the wider community.
It now has 32 cadets who meet on Tuesdays at the Nelson Army Office for training in drill, firearms, physical education, leadership, communications, navigation and team building.
Captain Hoffman said: "They join at 13 and they are quiet and unsure and they grow in confidence."
The cadets were inspected by the unit's patron, Yvonne Bradcock, who has been involved in the unit since its inception. Her son, Ray, was a cadet and went on to become unit commander.
Tomorrow's meeting will be the cadets' last for the year and they will climb at Vertical Limits, thanks to a donation from the RSA in acknowledgement of their work.
They will regroup on February 12 when newcomers are welcome.
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