The Antigua & Barbuda National Cadet Corps took roots in September 1966 with a single unit based at the Antigua Grammar School under the command of Lt. Richards. As the Corps evolved over the years, Maj. H. Blackman took over the mantle of Commandant and was succeeded by Col. C. Walker and Lt. Col. G. Dunnah in 2004.
At the local camp at Villa School in 2004, the Sea Unit was born. The Corps then consisted of both an Infantry and Sea Units.
At the local camp at Villa School in 2013, the Cadet’s Flag was introduced.
During that same period as the Camp, July 2013, there was a Caribbean Commandants’ Conference. This Association consists of 26 Caribbean Territories stemming from its predecessor the OECS Cadets’ Association.
Within its 26 years of existence, it is the first time that Antigua & Barbuda will assume Chairmanship by way of Lt. Col. Glyne Dunnah. Lt. Col. Dunnah has listed the benefits that have been derived from Antigua & Barbuda’s membership as accessing additional training for cadets through the loans of fellow regional officers and through the facilitation of several Regional Camps.
FUTURE OF THE CORPS
During the year’s tenure as Chairman, Lt. Col. Dunnah wishes to strengthen partnership with regional carriers thus facilitating training via travel for officers and cadets. Accessing uniforms and equipment are other issues that will be dealt with during this period.
The Corps, in 2013, wishes to strengthen its Band Unit which includes both steel and marching band. Further, it wishes to re-vitalize the Barbuda section of the Corps. Its newest venture is the formation of the Medic Unit.
Our other plans at the ABNCC include:
a. Exposing our Officers to more specialized training.
b. Involve more practical activities for the cadets
c. Formation of a fancy drill team
d. Attempt more individual community outreach programmes
e. Expose cadets overseas training
f. Securing more uniforms and training equipment
Assistance to other organization
a. This year, the Corps has partnered with the Ministry of Sports and has actively participated in activities such as fun walks, hikes and runs hosted by different community groups and social club. In fact, as a part of the Ministry’s 2013 theme of KEEP MOVING, our Cadet Camp has incorporated their theme in our Camp Theme and also has activities called the Cadet Games, e.g. Land Navigation and Cook Off Competition and a Drill Competition.
b. The Corps lends assistance to several service groups by way of service or participation and these include the Lion’s Club, Medical Benefits Scheme, Cycling Association, the Ministry of National Security to name a few.
c. Every year, members of the Cadet Corps play an integral part into preparing the youths for the Annual Youth Rally.
Training Activities (Officers/Adult Ranks and Cadets)
a. The Officers were exposed to Officer’s Training both in Barbados and China.
b. The Infantry Cadets have been following the Star Level Syllabus and have continued training along this line. The Sea Cadets are instructed via the ABDF Coast Guard personnel.
c. Both Units periodically participate in developmental activities where counsellors/resource persons conduct lectures on topics such as conflict resolution/anger management and family life education specifically puberty and body changes.
d. Further training takes place in the Duke of Edinburgh Programme where there are cadets from each unit.
e. Regular training is conducted by a Training Team which comprises of ex-cadets who have volunteered to the Corps. This training, however, follows the Star Syllabus. Each member of this 5-man 1-woman team comes with their own area of expertise and is so assigned.
Cadets have been nominated and won the title of Sports Man and Sports Woman of the year. In
fact, a cadet was Antigua’s only medallist in 2012 Carifta Games. Cadets continue to dominate
in the local sporting arena as well as that of the Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force.