February 16, 2021
Wondai’s 135 Army Cadet Unit threw open its doors on Sunday to give young people a chance to experience what it would be like to be an army cadet.
The open day was held at the 25/49 RQR Depot in Bramston Street, a large area which includes training rooms surrounded by bushland.
Lieutenant (AAC) Lynda Jones, the commanding officer of the unit, said cadets learn about about setting up a bush camp (including hexamine stoves and hoochies), navigation, tying knots, communication, concealment and lots, lots more.
The unit is also in the midst of setting up a drum corps and is now also a recognised first aid trainer.
Young people – girls and boys – aged from 13 to 18 can join up.
There are usually four bush camps held every year as well as an annual camp. The cadets also take part in ceremonial events such as Anzac Day and Australia Day.
Lt Jones said that when cadets turn 18 they are encouraged to join the Army Reserve.
The 135 ACU currently has 19 members but there were at least six more potential recruits who showed interest on Sunday.
Current members come from a wide area … from as far away as Gayndah and Goomeri to Murgon, Wondai and Proston.
They meet every second Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
The unit will be holding a sign-on day on February 28.
For more information, phone 0408-623-621 or 0427-327-722.