Leadership and service was recognised with precision and ceremony at The Armidale School Cadet Unit’s annual passing out parade, held at the school on Sunday morning (14 September).
Accompanied by the cadet band, the 200 members of the second oldest schoolboy cadet unit in Australia were inspected by reviewing officer Brigadier Bernadette Boss on parade and during a march past on the school’s Adamsfield in front of the historic Sulman building. Amongst those officially ‘passing out’ were 16 senior cadets in Year 12, who were acknowledged for their service to the unit, departing the parade ground in a ‘slow march’ as cadets stood to attention and the band played ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
The Sword of Honour for the unit’s senior cadet was presented to CUO Harrison Abeyasekera, and the McConville Sword for the unit’s second in command presented to CUO Nicholas Murray.
In her address, Brigadier Boss reflected on the values embodied in the Army uniform worn by the cadets.
“Respect – for one and another, for our great nation, for our Armed service, and for difference and diversity. Teamwork – the ability for us to become more than we are as an individual. Initiative – to take life by the horns and not just wait for it to take us where it will, and courage- not just physical courage, but also moral courage to stand up and speak for what is right.“
In the centenary year of the start of the First World War, Brigadier Boss referred to former TAS student Lt Clive Stuart Slade who served on the Western Front with the 32nd Battalion and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and initiative when, under heavy fire, he assumed command after his company commander was wounded.
“I commend you all for performing well today, and you have exercised the discipline that is a parade to an excellent standard. I’m sure you parents and school are proud of you, as am I as a representative of the wider Army,” the Brigadier said.
To view a large selection of photos of Passing Out Parade, please click on the images below. Images taken by Tim Scott, Brian To, Graham MacDougall and Tim Hughes.