Former Army Cadet Thomas Glasinger, 16, of Driffield ACF Detachment has graduated from Harrogate Army Foundation College with awards for Best Soldier REME and the Marksman Award for best shot, beating over 400 soldiers.
Before attending the College, Thomas was an Army Cadet with Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) where he learnt lots of the skills which he has developed upon at the college, such as leadership and team work, living in the field and shooting,
Thomas Said: “The awards are both a great achievement. I have wanted to join the Army since becoming a cadet. To have all the hard work I have put in recognised by being awarded Best Soldier is amazing”
“I first learnt how to shoot in cadets and represented my detachment and the county at shooting competitions. Shooting was my main passion in cadets and I am thrilled to have gone on to beat over 400 soldiers to become the best shot at Harrogate.”
Thomas was presented with the awards by Major General Thomas Cowan CBE DSO at the graduation ceremony which was the largest military parade in Europe.
Thomas’ Mum was amongst the thousands of relatives and friends who watched the ceremony “I am incredibly proud of his achievements. He has worked hard to get where he is. There is no military background in the family, he has achieved all of this himself and off his own back. As a cadet he was totally committed, he went every night he could and attended every camp and competition. He is one of the youngest at the college and he now has a great future ahead of him. We couldn’t be more proud” Said Joanne Isham
Detachment Commander of Driffield Army Cadets, Staff Sergeant Amanda Barr said “Thomas was an extremely good cadet, he excelled in every subject and had great leadership skills. We are very proud of him and would like to say Well done!”
If you are aged between 12 and 18 becoming an Army Cadet will give you a chance to learn whilst taking part in fun and exciting challenges. It develops character-building, good citizenship and leadership skills. As an ACF adult instructor, you can make a real impact on young people’s lives, whilst taking advantage of exciting experiences and even gaining qualifications. No military background is required; just energy, enthusiasm and a sense of humour!
Glasinger 1 – PROUD Thomas with his mum beaming with pride
Glasinger 2 - ARMY CADET Thomas demonstrating his grit and determination
The Army Cadet Force is a voluntary youth organisation, sponsored by the Army, for boys and girls between the age of 13 and 18, whose aim is to develop character-building qualities of good citizenship, leadership and service in the cadets.
The ACF provides high quality training in both military and other subjects. On the military side the cadets are taught subjects such as drill, skill at arms, shooting – to the highest standards such that may cadets regularly shoot in top flight competitions at Bisley, map reading and fieldcraft. In addition all cadets when they reach the entry level are actively encouraged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, take a BTec in Public Services or Music, and First Aid, where the cadets and their instructors can gain qualifications up to First Aid at Work through the St John Ambulance syllabus.
Their leaders, the volunteer adult instructors, also participate in these subjects and in addition can gain qualifications in their own right in all of the subjects above including Adventurous Training qualifications such as Mountain Leader, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition Supervisor and Assessor, Shooting Range Management, and City and Guilds awards in Youth Management. In addition many of the instructors gain awards in sports in all disciplines, driving licences as there is always a needs for qualified mini bus and HGV drivers and catering; all of the above being skills which are readily transferable and can be used in their civilian occupation.
The Headquarters of the County are based at Driffield, with the county being split into five companies.
Adults interested in becoming an Instructor with the Army Cadet Force are invited to visit any of our detachments where they will be made welcome. Boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18 are also very welcome to join.
Further information can be obtained by contacting County Headquarters on 01377 253548 or www.armycadets.com/humberyorkshireacf