NEWS

SEPTEMBER 8TH 2017

Becoming a Master Cadet in Nottinghamshire

Master Cadet Matthew Frost pictured during annual camp

Master Cadet Matthew Frost pictured during annual camp

A student from Worksop has become a Master Cadet, the highest accolade possible in his youth organisation.

Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Matthew Frost, aged 17, is a member of Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force’s (ACF) Worksop Detachment and was awarded his new title in August after completing a training course at Frimley Park Cadet Training Centre in Camberley.

In order become a Master Cadet, youngsters have to complete a series of Army Proficiency Certificates and become a One, Two, Three and Four Star Cadet before undertaking another week-long course to be considered for the position.

Originally joining the ACF five years ago when he was in year eight at school, Matthew has worked his way through the rank structure to be Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major where he is now.

Matthew said: “My cadet role is really fulfilling, I now get to help the younger cadet’s work towards their targets and seeing them achieve is brilliant, I love it.

“I really enjoy developing my leadership and teaching skills so going on the Cadet Leadership Course was great. I believe the skills I have developed through cadets will help me in the future particularly in the workplace as I have a good knowledge of leading and working as part of a team.”

Speaking about his recent achievement, Matthew continued: “Becoming a Master Cadet is really satisfying for me as it is the last star grade in the cadet syllabus and it means that I have fulfilled a long-time dream of mine to achieve this title.  I know everyone else on the course from other counties around the UK felt the same as me, it really means a lot.”

Achieving the title of Master Cadet is particularly good for Matthew as he still has a number of months left in the ACF before he leaves the organisation on his 18th birthday.

Matthew is now focussing his efforts on completing as many adventure training courses as he can in other parts of the country or aboard depending on what opportunities are open to him.

Speaking about why he would encourage other young people to join the ACF in their area, Matthew continued: “There are so many reasons to get involved. It teaches you lots of things you don’t get taught in school such as the importance of values and standards, how to be a nice person, how to show respect and have manners, its loads of fun and I can’t fault the organisation at all so I would tell anyone interested to come along and give it a try.”

Matthew recently returned from Nottinghamshire ACF’s annual camp in Hampshire where he got to take part in a variety of activities such as sailing, raft building and laser tag.

To find out more about joining Nottinghamshire ACF as a cadet or adult volunteer visit www.armycadets.com or call 0115 983 7645.

“My cadet role is really fulfilling, I now get to help the younger cadet’s work towards their targets and seeing them achieve is brilliant, I love it."