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August 21st 2015

A master achievement for Cadets from Derbyshire

Four Cadets from Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) have risen through the ranks to achieve the highest accolade possible in their youth organisation.

Each of the four young people has completed a series of Army proficiency Certificates and become a One Star, Two Star, Three and Four Star Cadet – before getting their Master Cadet Certificate.

Cadet Company Sergeant Major Brittany Fretwell, aged 17, from Hallcroft Detachment, was one of the Cadets to be rewarded. She said: “Being a Master Cadet is about learning how to lead other Cadets, take on responsibilities and learn to work as a team.

“To become a Master Cadet I had to complete a one week course at the Frimley Park Cadet Training Centre. I am now one of four Master Cadets across Derbyshire ACF, which is quite unusual.

“The other Master Cadets and I grew up together in the ACF and have each gained skills that we wouldn’t have achieved outside of the organisation.

“It has been an honour to rise through the ranks and prove to myself what I can achieve. I’m proud of what I have done as I have always wanted to become a Master Cadet before I left the ACF when I’m 18 years and nine months old.”

Brittany went on to describe how she wants to continue her journey in the ACF after her Cadet career comes to a close. She continued: “I want to return to Derbyshire ACF as an adult volunteer in the future. Being in the Cadets is more than just a hobby for me personally; it has become a big part of my life. I’ve made long-term friends through the organisation and would describe the ACF as my second family.”

Derbyshire ACF is recruiting both Cadets and adult volunteers. To learn more visit armycadets.com or call 01332 772025.

“The other Master Cadets and I grew up together in the ACF and have each gained skills that we wouldn’t have achieved outside of the organisation."