Brief History

Sea Cadets

HQ Staff
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The Crest of the Barbados Cadet Corps


Prepared by Capt P Powlett  for the Recruits of 2004

The Barbados Cadet Corps is one of the oldest youth organisations in Barbados and in the region. It was formed in 1904, with the establishment of companies at Harrison College (No. 1), The Lodge School (No. 2) and Combermere School (No.3). In 1912, these three school companies became affiliated to the Barbados Volunteer Force.


The main aim of the Barbados Cadet Corps from the onset has been the use of military discipline in the formation of character in young boys age 12 and above. At present both boys and girls benefit from this training.


Four major changes or developments were evidenced over the past two (2) decades.


1.       Introduction of females. In 1974 this male organisation was challenged by four female, sixth form students at Combermere School who wanted to become members of the Corps.  They broke the 70-year tradition by being accepted as full-fledge members of the Barbados Cadet Corps. These female students had successfully completed ‘O’ level studies at the Christ Church Girls’ Foundation



2.  Expansion of companies. In 1978 Ellerslie Secondary School took a significant step in establishing a fourth company, thus paving the way for the expansion of companies that took place in the early 1980’s at almost all the secondary schools in the island. The last three companies to join the Corps were Deighton Griffith Secondary School (No. 19), Lester Vaughn Secondary School (No. 20) and Queen’s College (No. 21). Queen’s College was attached formerly to the No. 1 Company, Harrison College.


3.     Establishment of Cadet Headquarters. The expansion of the Barbados Cadet Corps necessitated that a central Headquarters be established to provide logistical and administrative support to the units. The Cadet Headquarters was established in 1986 with the then Major H Maynard (Now Colonel and former Acting Chief of Staff) as Deputy Cadet Commandant.


     4.  Establishment of Sea Cadet Programme. The Sea Cadet Programme was established in January 1993 to offer senior cadets further opportunities for training, and to provide skills for living in a country surrounded by water. Training is conducted at the Coast Guard Headquarters at Willoughby Fort, Bridgetown.




The Barbados Cadet Corps(BCC), is the youth arm of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) as outlined in the Defence Act, and as such is administered by the Barbados Defence Force. The Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force is Colonel Alvin Quintyne and the Commandant of the Barbados Cadet Corps reports to him.


Major Trevor Browne is currently the Commandant (Acting) of the Barbados Cadet Corps. 


The Commandant has a number of persons in the Cadet Headquarters to assist with the efficient functioning of the Corps. Major Patrick Skeete is the Cadet Executive Officer in Cadet Headquarters, and he is assisted by three Training Officers, Captain Sandra Norville, Captain Errol Brathwaite and Captain Dennis Browne. The Headquarters Clerk is Mrs Lisa Holmes-Elliot.


All the Units on the island are divided into three zones, North, Central and South. Each zone is headed by a zone commander who has a training officer and a Permanent Staff Instructor (PSI).  A PSI is a Sergeant working full-time in the BDF and assigned to the Barbados Cadet Corps.  He/she is then assigned to a zone.


At present, the Zone Commander for the South Zone is Major James Bradshaw and the Training Officer is Captain Dennis Browne.  The Zone Commander for the Central Zone is Major Rawlston Nichols and the Training Officer is Captain Errol Brathwaite. The Zone Commander appointed to the North Zone is Captain Irvin Boyce. The North Zone Training Officer is Captain Sandra Norville.

Chain of Command

Within every organisation there is a chain of command which can be compared to the rungs of a ladder that sit one on top of each other. The chain of command is a simple way of organising people so that orders or information get passed from one to the next. The chain of command in the Cadet corps closely follows the rank structure, so a cadet sees his Corporal first before addressing the Sergeant Major or even his officer.


The Rank Structure


Badge of Rank



Lance Corporal — LCp1





Corporal — CPL





Sergeant – Sgt





Company Quarter Master Sergeant — CQMS


Staff Sergeant



Company Sergeant Major — CSM


Warrant Officer - WO



Cadet Under Officer — CUO






Cadet Senior Under Officer — CSUO






Adult Officers

Badge of Rank

Potential Cadet Officer (PCO)

Officer Cadet

Second Lieutenant (2LT)

Lieutenant (Lt)

Captain (Capt)

Major (Maj)

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col)

Colonel (Col)

Brigadier (Brig)