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Parents told to be “officers” at home

Eighty-five recruits from various secondary schools graduated to the rank of cadet today.

During their passing out parade at Harrison College, Lt Col James Bradshaw reminded the new cadets that this was not the end of their journey.

Some of the recruits at the passing out parade.

Some of the recruits at the passing out parade.

“I want you to see cadetting as a long term adventure . . . Do not think that today is the end. There is a tendency with some people when they pass the test to think they have arrived, but this is not the end, this is only the beginning,” he said.

Bradshaw further  urged parents and guardians to be “officers” to their children in the home.REMM5635

“We have officers, sergeants, to train the cadets here and at school, but you are the officers at home. I ask my officers here to carry out their duties at all times and I ask you to do the same. Insist that these cadets stay with the programme which they have started and follow it through to the very end,” he urged.

“We aim to develop true leaders within the community and you should be doing the same.”


Heaven-Leigh Brathwaite of Deighton Griffith got the award for Best Drill.


Most Outstanding Female Cadet, Harrison College’s Laile Chin.


Josiah Barker from Harrison College was the Most Outstanding Male Cadet.




10 Responses to Parents told to be “officers” at home

  1. Deborah Lashley
    Deborah Lashley March 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    its true

  2. Watchman March 28, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Best cadet and shirt buff out so ?

  3. Alex Alleyne March 29, 2015 at 3:26 am

    You think he was told to fix his shirt ? .

  4. Ezekiel Baker
    Ezekiel Baker March 29, 2015 at 8:20 am

    A child home should be a place of security, love, happiness, peace, a place were the child is reassured in difficult times.
    Yes sir no sir, please leave to army.

    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel March 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      smdh….A home should be a place where RESPECT for adults, God and other people should be taught. Maybe if there were more “yes sir” and “no sir” in more homes, we wouldn’t get so many”you’re under arrest sir”, “no you can not get bail,sir” in this society.

    • Ezekiel Baker
      Ezekiel Baker March 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Mariamaria angel
      I’m in agreement with you, from your text you appear to be a good mum, and lovely person.
      God should be the centre of the home, you a parent, well you know in the home, love,respect and honoured , if these values are witness. By child in the home mum to dad, dad to mum in the family home which is a place of refuges , safety and love, there would be no need for, sir yes sir you are not in army.

  5. Signori Nera
    Signori Nera March 29, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Bunch of C….pretend soldiers teaching kids how to pretend too

  6. Ralph W Talma March 29, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    1. I have just seen the photographs of the two marching squads and it is as if they are on their first parade. Not in step, arms all over the place etc. Even the instructors need to know their arms should not be above perpendicular with their shoulder sockets .
    2. Having said that it is good to see young people trying to learn and produce their best. I hope the leadership classes etc will help them to become good citizens of B`dos in the future. .

  7. Anika Lewis
    Anika Lewis March 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    It’s amazing how officers are referred to as “Pretend Soldiers” anyhow…….

    Children especially the ones of today need discipline and PROPER leadership! If that’s what’s the “Pretend Soldiers” doing I applaud them.

  8. Watchman March 30, 2015 at 9:10 am

    @ Alex Alleyne, you raise a good question, got me wondering now.
    @Signori Nera, your photograph speaks 1 000 words sir.


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