|THE BARBADOS CADET CORPS|
The Crest of the Barbados Cadet Corps
A BRIEF HISTORY
Prepared by Capt P Powlett for the Recruits of 2004
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
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
major changes or developments were evidenced over the past two (2)
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
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.
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.
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.
ORGANISATION OF THE BARBADOS CADET CORPS
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.
is currently the Commandant (Acting) of the Barbados Cadet Corps.
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
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.
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.
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