Cadets going strong
THE BILOELA Cadets have a strong reputation in town and have continued to hold it for a number of years.
With around 55 cadets at the moment, Officer Commanding Brendan Behan said numbers had been consistent.
"For the last six years we have had around the 60 mark,” Mr Behan said.
"Gladstone has six schools to draw from and they are lucky to get 30 or 40 cadets.
Mr Behan has been involved for the past 10 years, in charge for six and was a cadet himself.
"I came in one day to see if they needed help and I never left,” Mr Behan said.
Cadets is a youth development organisation that works within the military framework.
"From the moment they walk in those doors, we treat them as though they are young adults,” Mr Behan said.
"And it is good to see them grow, when they first come they can't very well tie their own shoes and now they are running their own exercises and I just oversee them.”
Recently, a group of Biloela cadets went to to Pakunpanya in Canberra to take part in the Adventure Training Award Challenge.
"It is the hardest challenge to do as a cadet, it is pass or fail,” Mr Behan said. "And we had someone from Biloela come second out of the country.”
Brendan says cadets teaches life skills to the teenagers and a level of independence.
"It is incredibly empowering for them,” he said.
"Other than the fun, field exercises, we take them on leadership camps as well.
"And because of the good reputation the Biloela cadets has it helps them out in the employment side of things to. And because they are mature and have those life skills they are better workers.