Richmond army cadets win historic second double crowns

The Richmond-based 2947 “39 Service Battalion” has bagged a brace of top honours, for the second year running.

The Army Cadet League of Canada (BC Branch) presented Master Warrant Officer Karen Chen the President’s Trophy as the Top Army Cadet in B.C.

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Chen has been a cadet with 2947 since 2014 and has recently completed the prestigious Fullbore Marksmanship Phase 2 course in Ottawa.

The Fullbore Phase 2 course is composed of the 30 best marksmen from across Canada. At 2947, Chen is a company sergeant major, the second-most senior appointment at the unit.

She is also the captain of the 2947 marksmanship team and provides coaching and mentorship to junior competitors.

The Army Cadet League of Canada also awarded 2947 the Roy Rigby Jones Cup for the Best Army Cadet Corps in B.C.

The award recognizes substantial growth in the unit, responsible management of finances, and quality and diversity of training opportunities.

To date, no other unit has achieved the feat of winning the double award two years on the trot.

Captain Jeff Ng, commanding officer, attributed the unit’s success to strong leadership from the senior cadets.

“A recent direction that we have received from our commander is ‘Cadets Leading Cadets’, but that is something that we have been doing for decades and are continually getting better at every single day,” said Ng.

“Our officers all have full-time civilian careers in professional services. We design and deliver our training program to set up our young leaders for success after they graduate. Whether it be in post-secondary education, the workplace – they will be ready.”

2947 trains every Thursday evening at the Colonel Sherman Armoury located at 5500 No. 4 Rd. The program is open to all youth ages 12-18 and is completely free without registration or assessment fees.

Army cadets learn skills such as first aid, public speaking, trekking, marksmanship, navigation, music, and more.

2947 accepts new enrolments any time throughout the training, which runs from September to June. For more information, contact communications@2947armycadets.ca

 

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