Cayman Islands Cadet Corps

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Cayman Islands Cadet Corps
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Name The Cayman Flag, is used by the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps, as their Flag.
Premier of the Cayman Islands
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Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin in London, 13 June 2013 (cropped).jpg
Alden McLaughlin

since 29 May 2013
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of the Cayman Islands
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
Formation November 1992
First holder

Thomas Jefferson

as Leader of Government Business
Website Office of the Premier

The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps (CICC) is a youth organization in the Cayman Islands for male and female secondary school students between age 12 and 17. Usually what will happen is that cadet the who has passed out from their recruitment training,and their 3 day camp. They would be given the opportunity to know their Detachment Commander and learn various types of training such as drill, map and paradesThe Cayman Islands Cadet Corps (CICCorps) is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. It prepares them for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as Caymanians. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community and country. It was established in March 2002.

Core subjects[edit]

  • Drill and Turnout
  • Military Knowledge
  • Fieldcraft
  • Skill at Arms
  • Shooting
  • Navigation
  • Expedition Training
  • First Aid
  • Physical Training
  • Cadet in the Community

The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps Structure[edit]

                                       Lt.Col Bobeth O'Garro
 Alpha Company                 HQ Company                      Bravo Company                Section-9 Unit
 Maj White                  Lt Bennett                   Lt.Cdr Sutherland               RSM Farley
  A (Alpha)                HQ (Headquarters)                    B (Bravo)                       S-9

The CICC is split into 8 detachments:

  • John Gray Detachment-2Lt Griffiths (Alpha)
  • Clifton Hunter Detachment-Lt Bennett (Alpha)
  • Band Detachment-Cpt Manyeh (Headquarters)
  • South Sound Detachment-JG Ebanks (Headquarters)
  • Cayman Brac Detachment Lt Cornelius (Bravo)
  • Triple C Detachment Lt Gayle (Bravo)
  • Marine Detachment-LSG Thompson (Bravo)
  • Section-9 (S-9)

The main objectives of the CICC are defined in its Charter, Vision and the Mission Statement.


The Cayman Island Cadet Corps is a National Voluntary Youth organization. It is sponsored by the Governor’s office and administered by a local Headquarters led by the Commandant. The Cadet Corps was originally operated by the Ministry of Education, with assistance from the RCIPS, and provides challenging military style, adventurous and community activities. The Corps is currently under the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports & Culture.


The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps (CICC) aims to inspire young people to achieve success in life with a spirit of service to God the Almighty, the Sovereign, the Cayman Islands and their community, and to develop in them the qualities required of a good citizen.


In order to achieve what has been stated in our Vision, the CICC has laid out the following mission statements.

The CICC will:

a. Provide progressive cadet training, of a challenging and exciting nature, to foster confidence, self-reliance, initiative, responsibility, loyalty, self-respect, alertness, physical and mental endurance and camaraderie.

b. Encourage the development of personal powers of practical leadership and the ability to work successfully as a member of a team.

c. Stimulate cadets using military discipline, skills, achievements and values.

d. Encourage cadets to develop their spiritual and moral values.

e. The CICC will motivate and encourage our cadets to strongly believe that they can follow any career path they desire, however, training in the Corps will be an asset to those considering a career in the Police, Fire and Prison services or the Immigration Department.

The MOTTO “Leading the Way … Who Endures Wins”.

List of Cayman Islands Cadet Commandants and Deputy Commandants[edit]

  • Commandant Col Philph Hyre (2002 - 2008)
  • Deputy Commandant Lt.Col O'Garro (2002 - 2008)
  • Commandant Lt.Col O'Garro (2008–present)
  • Deputy Commandant Maj White(2008–present)

List of Adjutant Training Officers of the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps[edit]

  • Adjutant Maj White (2002-2004)
  • Adjutant Maj Henry (2004- 2014)
  • Adjutant Lt Bennett (2014–present)

The (Current) List of Sargeants and Warrant Officers of the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps[edit]

  • W01 Farley (2010–present)
  • W02 Richards (2002–present)
  • Ssgt Tibbetts (2010–present)
  • Sgt Ebanks (2010–present)
  • Sgt McDonald (2010–present)
  • Sgt Alexander(2010–present)
  • Sgt Sookoonsingh (2010 present)

Cadet Ranks[edit]

As well as learning new skills by working through the APC syllabus, experienced cadets can be awarded a rank. As the Army allows its soldiers to take on responsibility and leadership as Non-commissioned Officers or NCOs, so too does the ACF.

Insignia ACF Cadet Rank Slide Cdt.png ACF Cadet Rank Slide LCpl.png ACF Cadet Rank Slide Cpl.png ACF Cadet Rank Slide Sgt.png ACF Cadet Rank Slide CSgt.png ACF Cadet Rank Slide CSM.png ACF Cadet Rank Slide RSM.png
Rank Cadet Lance Corporal Corporal Sergeant Staff/Colour Sergeant Company Sergeant Major Regimental Sergeant Major

Cadet NCOs wear the issued cadet rank slides, pictured above.[1] The titles of some ranks may vary as cadet detachments are affiliated to Army regiments and adopt their terminology. There is usually only one Cadet RSM per county. In many counties there is the opportunity for appointment to Cadet Under Officer(CUO), an appointment allowing the holder to stay in the officers' mess.[2]

Although promotion is based on merit rather than progression through the APC syllabus, the following criteria must be met before a cadet is eligible for promotion:[3]

  • Cadet Lance Corporal - Passed APC 1 Star
  • Cadet Corporal - Passed APC 2 Star
  • Cadet Sergeant - Passed APC 3 Star
  • Cadet Staff/Colour Sergeant - Passed APC 4 Star
  • Cadet Sergeant Major/Company Sergeant Major - Passed APC 4 Star
  • Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major - Master Cadet
  • Cadet Under Officer - Master Cadet - May be awarded to a cadet sergeant major who has shown officer potential and is in their last year as a cadet.[4]

Officer Ranks[edit]

The following are the insignia - emblems of authority - of the British Army. Badges for field officers were first introduced in 1810 and the insignia was moved to the shoulder boards in 1880 for all officers in full dress.

NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student Officer
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Field Marshal
Second Lieutenant
Officer Cadet
Not Found
Field Marshal1 General Lieutenant-General Major-General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet
Abbreviation: FM Gen Lt Gen Maj Gen Brig Col Lt Col Maj Capt Lt 2Lt OCdt
Typical Command Size or Appointment:[5] In abeyance most senior appointments corps division brigade or director of operation capability on staff Rarely a Field Command except in RAMC. Usually lowest staff officer as principal operational advisers battalion company/battery/ squadron company/battery/ squadron (second in command) or leader of smaller specialised team platoon platoon
Typical promotion to after:[6] 8–10 years 5 years (university graduates 3 years) 12–24 months 44 weeks officer training


The CICC was established in 2001 and enacted by the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps Law of 2003. The First Commandant of the CICC, now retired, was Colonel Philip Hyre. In 2013 Lieutenant Colonel Bobeth O’Garro was confirmed as the Commandant for the CICC, thus becoming the first female Commandant to lead a Corps in the Caribbean region.[7]


The Organisation has been modeled on the UK Army Cadet Force organisation (ACF). The organisation aims to provide citizenship training via military-style activities, including instruction in military knowledge, drills, leadership, public speaking, field craft, land and sea navigation, signaling, physical fitness, first aid, arms skills, and music.

Cayman Islands[edit]

The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory and uses the same school curriculum as the UK. In September 2005 the CICC began working with the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO) in the UK to add a vocational training element that has resulted in qualified cadets gaining the BTEC First Diploma in Public Services, which is equivalent to passes in four subjects at GCSE. The CICC became the first Cadet Corps in the Caribbean to offer such a diploma.

The CICC has an overseas exchange program with UK, Canada and other Caribbean Islands.


  1. ^ Army Dress Regulations (All Ranks), Part 08 "Dress Regulations for Combined Cadet Force (Army Sections) and the Army Cadet Force", Ministry of Defence, April 2013 
  2. ^ AC 14233 The Army Cadet Force Manual (2012 Edition), Paragraph 6.014
  3. ^ AC 14233 The Army Cadet Force Manual (2005 Edition), Paragraph 6.012
  4. ^ "Cadet Ranks". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "British Army Website: Ranks". Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "British Army Website: Officer careers". Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  7. ^

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