Cadets ready to relax

Invercargill Cadet Unit members, from left: Corporal Jy-Sharna Phillipson, 15, Lieutenant Hayley Hughes, 17,  Corporal Josh Payne, 16, Corporal Josh Payne, 16, Corporal Donald Walter, 17, and Flying Officer Jordan Culliford are ready for some R&R after attending the New Zealand Cadet Forces 150th anniversary at Waiouru last week.
Invercargill Cadet Unit members, from left: Corporal Jy-Sharna Phillipson, 15, Lieutenant Hayley Hughes, 17, Corporal Josh Payne, 16, Corporal Josh Payne, 16, Corporal Donald Walter, 17, and Flying Officer Jordan Culliford are ready for some R&R after attending the New Zealand Cadet Forces 150th anniversary at Waiouru last week.

Invercargill cadets flew back into the city aboard a military plane after taking part in the 150th celebrations of cadet forces in New Zealand.

Thrilled by the "once in a life time experience", but exhausted, the cadets were looking forward to some R&R after touching down last week. Invercargill cadet Flying Officer Jordan Culliford said the group of Southland-based cadets joined a 1200-strong group attending the Waiouru camp, including staff and a delegation of international cadets from Australia and Canada.

It was an action-packed time with cadets able to be involved in various training exercises with the grown up Armed Forces.

They took to the air, water and land. Flying with the Air Force, power boating with the Navy and tackling Mount Tongariro in one day with the Army.

"It was pretty full-on with days starting at 5am and ending at 10pm," Mr Culliford said.

For young air training corp cadet Corporal Donald Walter the experience confirmed his desire to join the New Zealand Armed Forces after studying.

Invercargill Cadet Unit commander Lieutenant Hayley Hughes said the cadets enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity and represented the region with pride.

The Southland Times