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Testing out their camouflage skills were, back row, Cpl (AAC) Chris Torrens, from Kingaroy; Cadet Cedar Batterham, Kingaroy; Cadet Brittany Lumb, Wilkesdale; Cadet Riley Olsen, Kilkivan; Cpl Decklin Jones, Kingaroy; front row, Cadet Brent Williamson, Wondai and Cadet Isobella Ham; Murgon; with potential new members Ryley Evans and Thomas Stead, from Manyung

February 11, 2015

Wondai’s Army Cadet Unit has shaken off fears that it may have to disband, hosting a successful open day at its HQ on Sunday.

Sgt (AAC) Andrew Sampson said 65 people were catered for at lunch, including 15 potential new members, parents, friends and current cadets.

135 ACU has 28 cadets continuing on from last year and only has a few places still open for 2015.

There was a cloud over the future of the unit late last year when it looked like there would be no senior officers available to command it.

However, several volunteers stepped forward at the last moment to undergo training and Captain (AAC) Peter Schneidewin agreed to continue on for another 12 months – travelling from Toowoomba – until the key command, training, administration and logistics roles were filled.

Prospective cadets on Sunday had the opportunity to inspect equipment and experience different aspects of cadet life with several stands set up around the HQ and in nearby bushland.

Topics covered included camouflage and concealment, living in the field (complete with hoochie and field rations), webbing, communication and first aid.

There was also a catapult set up for cadets to practise lobbing loads at a target.

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Sgt (AAC) Andrew Sampson with volunteers Apryll Scriven, from Memerambi; Clint Thurlow, from Memerambi; Dennis Horne, Wondai; and Captain (AAC) Peter Schneidewin

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