ACHIEVERS: Australian Army Cadets Captain Robert Lewis presents Cadet Sergeant Jacob Sullivan with a silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, and Cadet Under Officer Michael Jones accepts his bronze Duke of Edinburgh award from Captain Glen van Emmerik.
ACHIEVERS: Australian Army Cadets Captain Robert Lewis presents Cadet Sergeant Jacob Sullivan with a silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, and Cadet Under Officer Michael Jones accepts his bronze Duke of Edinburgh award from Captain Glen van Emmerik. Amy Lyne

Gatton cadets earn awards

TWO Lockyer Valley army cadets have been recognised for months of dedication, awarded with the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Both are from the Lockyer Valley Australian Army Cadet Unit 139. Cadet Sergeant Jacob Sullivan was awarded silver and Cadet Under Officer Michael Jones was awarded the bronze.

AAC Captain Robert Lewis and Duke of Edinburgh Award leader for Headquarters South Queensland said the award was open for 14- to 25-year-olds.

"It covers physical recreation activities. They have to do a skill and they have to do service to their community," he said.

"On top of that, they have to do two adventurous journeys like going out on the field, living in the field, navigation, communication, first aid - all of those

things.

"Once they have achieved those levels over a six- to 12-month period, they are then awarded the three different levels - bronze, silver or gold."

The award is named after Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, who is the Australian Army Cadets Colonel-in-Chief.

Capt Lewis said the award, which is not exclusive to army cadets, was highly recognised throughout the Commonwealth, with the gold award presented by the Queensland Governor.

"We are quite fortunate because we are the army cadets. We tick a lot of boxes," he said.

"They do it to have a sense of achievement that they have achieved something that not everyone has the opportunity to participate in."


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