National Cadet Corps (Sri Lanka)

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National Cadet Corps
Active 1881 - Present
Role Volunteer Youth Organisation
Headquarters HQ National Cadet Corps, Kalubowila, Colombo.
Motto Nonquam non paratus (Latin)
සූදානම් නොවී නොසිටිනු (Sinhala)
Never be unprepared (English)
Nakadhachidh asang vihithakh (Pali)
Director Maj Gen Gamini Jayasundara, RWP, RSP

The National Cadet Corps (Sri Lanka) is the Sri Lankan military cadet corps and is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation in the Sri Lanka. Formally the Ceylon Cadet Corps It is open to high school students on voluntary basis and has a history of more than 126 years as of 2007. The officers are teachers who act as instructors. The Cadets are given basic military training in small arms and parades.The officers and cadets have no liability for active military service but many volunteer to join the armed forces.


The Mission of the National Cadet Corps is to train and inspire cadets using effective training curriculum, so that each cadet shall develop character, courage, sportsmanship, self-reliance, discipline, and civil mindedness, spirit of adventure, responsibility and comradeship to be a human resource of well-trained youth, capable of providing leadership in all aspects of life.


  • 1881 - Mr. John B. Cull, the then principal of Royal College, Colombo formed a cadet platoon as a Volunteer Unit under Ceylon Light Infantry for the students of the Royal College.
  • 1902 - Introduction of Cadet Battalion under CLI (Ceylon Light Infantry) and Major S. M. Baros of CLI became the first Commanding Officer of the Cadet Battalion.
  • 1917 - The First Hermenloos ( All Island ) Camp was held in Diyathalawa. The Champions were Kingswood College, Kandy
  • 1918 - With the recommendation of Brigadier General R. B. Fell (The CDF Commander), formation of Ceylon Cadet Battalion took place on the two divisions on 4 February 1918.
  • 1948 - Colonel R.J.C. Mendis was appointed as the First Sri Lankan Commanding officer of the Ceylon Cadet Battalion.
  • 1971 - Eight officers were mobilised for duties with the Regular Force during the period of April insurrection in various parts of the island.
  • 1972 - Ceylon Cadet Corps changed its designation as Sri Lanka Cadet Corps after Ceylon declared itself a Republic.
  • 1981 - Centenary Celebrations of Cadet Corps was held in Colombo.
  • 1985 - Action was taken to amalgamate Sri Lanka Cadet Corps and the Police Cadet Corps under the Manpower Mobilization and supplementary Forces Act, No. 40 of 1985.
  • 1985 - Girls Platoons were started in ten main cities of the island.
  • 1988 - Sri Lanka Cadet Corps, which was part of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force changed its designation as the National Cadet Corps, and it was ceremonially inaugurated on 29 April 1988 by His Excellency J. R. Jayewardene, the then President of Sri Lanka under the above Act.[1]
  • 1990-The National Cadet Corps Training Centre, Rantembe was established on 2 December 1990 by General Cyril Ranathunga, VSV the Secretary, Ministry of Defence.
  • 1995 - A total 98 officers including 25 lady officers were mobilised to serve in the operational areas. Some of them were posted to Army HQ, SLMA, KDA and Sri Lanka Navy for various duties.
  • 2001 - The Ministry of Defence took over Sri Gunalankara Vidyalaya from the Ministry of Education and established the HQ National Cadet Corps at Kalubowila on 18 May 2001.
  • 2006 - 125th Anniversary celebrations.


National Cadet Corps has 21 Battalions located in

  • HQ National Cadet Corps - Colombo
  • 1st Battalion - Hikkaduwa - Sumangala Vidyalaya
  • 2nd Battalion - Mahanuwara - Dalada Maligawa Premises
  • 3rd Battalion - Colombo - Mahanama College Colombo Nalanda College, Colombo
  • 4th Battalion - Ibbagamuwa - Kurunegala
  • 5th Battalion - Anuradhapura MMV
  • 6th Battalion - Badulla Central College
  • 7th Battalion - Naiwala - Gampaha
  • 8th Battalion - Hidellana - Sivali MMV
  • 9th Battalion - Kegalla
  • 10th Battalion - Tangalla - Educational Department
  • 11th Battalion - Kaduruwela - Polonnaruwa
  • 12th Battalion - Kalutara Vidyalaya
  • 13th Battalion - Matale
  • 14th Battalion - Kuliyapitiya - Nakkawatta Central College
  • 15th Battalion - Monaragala
  • 16th Battalion - Matara
  • 17th Battalion - Ampara
  • 18th Battalion - Nuwaraeliya
  • 19th Battalion - Pannipitiya
  • 20th Battalion - jaffna
  • 21st Battalion - Thambalagamuwa - trincomalee
  • 22nd Battalion - vavuniya
  • 23rd Battalion - Teldeniya - Mahanuwara

Hermann Loos / De Soysa[edit]

2013 Hermann Loos Champions - Nalanda College, Colombo and Dharmaraja College, Kandy

2013 De Soysa Champion - Rathnawali Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha

Training School Rantembe[edit]

In Mahanuwara district Near Rantembe And Randenigala Reservoir St.Sebastians College Moratuwa


All Cadets undergo practical and theoretical training in the following. Physical Fitness, Foot Drill, Weapon Training and Firing, Map Reading, Field Craft, First Aid, Regimental Duties, Confidence Building Course, Leadership Activities,Fire Fighting, Community Service, General Knowledge, Drama, Hut Inspection,

The standard issued service weapon of NCC is the British Lee-Enfield Mk III .

Training and assessment of cadets[edit]

  • Training of cadets to a schedule at platoon level.
  • Holding one day/weekend training camps at company level
  • Taking part in selection camps
  • Holding assessment camps at battalion level
  • Winning the Hermann Loos/ De Soyza challenge trophy after a competition where the best two platoon of the 23 battalions spread across the island, compete.
  • Selection of girls/boys band platoons (Eastern/ Western)
  • Awarding certificate to all the cadets taking part in camps
  • Awarding certificates, medals and trophies in the Inter Battalion Kabaddi Meet annually.
  • Reciting "PIRITH" before the commencement of training at the Training Centre - Rantembe every year.
  • Holding National Cadet Corps Celebrations giving priority to the religious observances at the HQ, and Battalion as well.

Ranks within the NCC[edit]


  • Major General
  • Brigadier
  • Colonel
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Major
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • 2nd Lieutenant
  • Probationary officer


  • Corps Under Officer (one in a Corps)
  • Battalion Under Officer (one in a battalion)
  • Battalion quarter master under officer(one in a battalion)
  • Company Senior Under Officer (one in a Company)
  • Company Junior Under Officer (one in a Company)
  • Sergeant (five in a Company excluding the CSM and CQMS/depend on the platoons in the company)
  • Corporal (fifteen in a Company)
  • Lance Corporal (fifteen in a Company)
  • Cadet

Former ranks

  • Regiment Sergeant Major (RSM)
  • Regiment Quarter Master Sergeant (RQMS)
  • Company Sergeant Major (CSM)
  • Company Quarter Master Sergeant(CQMS)

Past Directors[edit]

  • Major SM Borrous 1902-1905
  • Major James Von Langenberg ED CLI 1905-1915
  • Major WE Gratiaen 1916-1917
  • Major Edvin Evans 1917-1920
  • Col LMCD Robison ED 1920-1932
  • Col SA Packman OBE MC 1932-1938
  • Col Robert Patrick ED 1938-1943
  • Col RJF Mendis OBE ED 1943-1948
  • Lt Col HVC De Silva ED 1948-1951
  • Col R Sabanayagam OBE 1951-1955
  • Bvt Col TN Munasinghe ED 1955-1960
  • Lt Col HCF Abeykoon ED 1960-1961
  • Lt Col HSR Gunawardana 1961-1965
  • Lt Col PD Ramanayaka 1965-1968
  • Lt Col EA Perusinghe ED 1968-1969
  • Bvt Col GW Rajapaksha ED 1969-1973
  • Bvt Col KPG Nilame ED 1973-1977
  • Bvt Col RB Narampanawa ED 1977-1980
  • Bvt Col NBS Balalle 1980-1984
  • Lt Col HKDA Fernando 1984-1987
  • Maj Gen E. G. Thevanayagam, VSV 1987-1991
  • Col HW senevirathna (Actg) 1991
  • Brig Justus B Rodrigo, VSV 1991-1994
  • Maj Gen T. N. De Silva, USP 1994-1999
  • Col YL Kulasooriya (Actg) 1999-2000
  • Brig GSM Ranathunga, USP 2000-2002
  • Col RM Somapala (Actg) 2002
  • Maj Gen WR Wijerathne, USP 2002-2004
  • Brig DHMRB Thammita, RSP 2004-2005

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