Members from two Timaru cadet forces will be joining more than 1000 cadets from around the globe to mark the 150th anniversary of Cadet Forces in New Zealand.
Five members from the Air Training Corps (ATC) and five members of the Cadet Corps Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), along with their squad leaders, will be participating in a range of military activities from flying to tramping, sailing, and shooting as part of the week-long exercise.
ATC Squad officer Flight Lieutenant Angela Harmon NZCF said each cadet chooses an elective, different from their usual training.
ACT Corporal Taylor Moore, 16, is doing the water elective and said he is looking forward to doing activities outside of flying that he wouldn't usually get to do.
CCANZ Squad officer 2nd Lieutenant Amos Sutcliffe said the forces are like a family, with everyone knowing everyone.
Flight Sergeant Brendan Wynen, 16, said he was looking forward to meeting new friends from the other cadet fields.
At the end of the exercise, 1200 cadets and officers will parade at Waiouru Military Camp on January 29. The Governor-General, and former head of the defence force, Sir Jerry Mateparae, will review the parade, which will be the largest parade of cadets in more than 50 years.
- The Timaru Herald