PASSED ON: Sgt Michael Jones receives the First World War light horseman sabre from CUO Matthew Bailey in a handover of control of the cadet unit.
PASSED ON: Sgt Michael Jones receives the First World War light horseman sabre from CUO Matthew Bailey in a handover of control of the cadet unit. Tom Threadingham

Cadets impress in year’s last march

A GROUP of army cadets put one foot in front of the other to the sound of bagpipes in their last march for the year.

The Lockyer Valley's 139 Army Cadet Unit held its annual march out parade in front of family and friends at the Lawes Depot on the UQ Gatton campus on Saturday.

Piper Joe led the way as two brigades marched in sync to cap off the year.

Control of the 139 Army Cadet Unit was also placed in new hands during the parade, with Sgt Michael Jones receiving the First World War light horseman sabre from CUO Matthew Bailey.

Following the march out, the cadets mingled with family and friends for a barbecue.

Captain Paul Boddington said the cadets performed a well constructed parade to finish the year, with boosted numbers adding to the occasion.

"The march off went very good," Cpt Boddington said.

"It's always a big event and is the culmination of the whole year's worth of training.

"The parade uses a similar formation to military parades and the cadets did the march off near perfect.

"It's the last parade of the year and it's also the handover of power within the cadets.

"In previous years we only had a single rank but this year we had a large influx with two ranks."

Following a successful 2013, Cpt Boddington said he was hoping to see cadet numbers grow in 2014.

"It'll be another big year and we'll have a number of recruiting displays and will attend local shows and events," he said.


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