Some 130 recruits from various secondary schools across the island graduated to the rank of cadet on Saturday.
During their passing out parade at St Ann’s Fort, Battalion One Commander, Major Randolph Charles, urged the new cadets to stay the course despite the challenges they will encounter.
“I encourage you to make this association with the corps last as long as you can, it will do you good,” Major Charles said.
“As we approach the cadet summer camp 2018, I want you all to go with an open mind and try to grasp as much as you can from the teachings and the exercises that will take place during that period. All of you may not necessarily persevere and make it through the various disciplines and expectations required as a cadet, but I hope that somehow something that you would have experienced or learnt, you would be able to take with you after you finish your tenure as a cadet.”
He also encouraged the new cadets to adopt a positive mindset when confronted with negative societal influences.
“At times these influences seem to out-number the positive ones, but I am very optimistic, and I believe those negative influences can be bypassed by very strong and deliberate crafted examples of successful outcomes developed by positive mindsets,” Major Charles said.
“This is the beginning of what I hope for you will be a very long relationship with the Barbados Cadet Corps and I want you to leave with a few things in mind: accept the challenges that come your way and approach them with a positive mindset. Help others to develop, as you develop yourselves, be humble, be prepared to learn from anyone who displays positivity and keep God in your life always,” he told the cadets who put on an impressive drill for officials, parents and guardians.