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Gordons Cadets 5th Annual Inspection

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      JUNE 15 1975      v05 n10 p07  
Gordons - Spotless and well-pressed uniformed men and women marched to the beat of a drum past anxious and excited faces of the parents, friends and visitors in attendance at the 5th Annual Cadet Corps Inspection at Cordons Reserve held on May 29.

Inspecting Officer, Lieutenant Colonel C. M. Terry, Commanding Officer of the Regina Rifle Regiment, expressed the many feelings in his inspection remarks, "This has been the best Cadet Corps that I have seen, not because of the quality of the Cadets, but because of their enthusiasm and their activities and the demonstrations. It was really rewarding to inspect them."

The celebration began with the usual General Salute, Inspection, March Past and the Official Welcome for the public and special guests in attendance.

Presentations and trophies were presented to the individual Cadet members for their special achievements in the past year. Cadets Hilliard Friday, Calvin Pasop, Percy and Brian Isaac, Gail and Marilyn McNab, Peter Peeace and Ivan Bitternose were presented awards for Perfect Attendance. Calvin Pasop received a trophy for being the Best Dressed Cadet throughout the year end. The Best Rifle Shot, trophy was presented to Albert Isaac. Awards were presented to Linda McNab for the most efficient Green Star Cadet; Lester Buffalo for being the most efficient Red Star Cadet, and Hilliard Friday for being the most efficient Silver Star Cadet. Tom McAffee was presented with the awards for being the most efficient Gold Star Cadet and the Master Cadet certificate.

A special attraction at the celebration was the Cadet Band from the 2370-10th Field Regiment Cadet Corps in Regina with Captain Jeske as Instructor. The Corps was accompanied by Major B. B. Breit, Commanding Officer of that Corps.

Several programs were demonstrated by members of the Cadet Corps. Various techniques in First Aid were demonstrated as studied by the Corps during the past years. Although an actual demonstration of the Physical Training taught during the year was not shown, a short program of the actual training that had taken place during the year was demonstrated.

The Indian Dance Program was demonstrated as part of the many programs taught at the residence. The Safe Driving Program carried out during the spring and fall of the training year was demonstrated with the aid of a dune buggy and two cars used by the Corps.

Last fall, the sponsor acquired 12 canoes for the Cadet Corps. The Cadets demonstrated their skills at canoeing on the local lake. It was pointed out that this whole program was a great success. The final display was of the different types of military weapons and hand guns varying from the type used by the Cadet Corps in training to those of the British Army, dating back to the 1700's and a number of hand guns and dueling pistols from as far back as the 16th century.

The Gordon Student Residence first applied in October 1970 to establish a Cadet Corps. Because of tight military security, it was not until December 1970 that the Canadian Armed Forces authorized the formation of the 2871 Gordon Cadet Corps. Training started in 1971 with 50 Cadet members completing a years training before the end of June the same year.

The first annual inspection of the Corps was held in June 3, 1971, and received 86.2 per cent in their efficiency rating placing them 10th for the province. A physical demonstration won the Corps the Strathcona Trust Competition.

The Corps strength was increased to 60 in September, 1971, completing their training in early 1972. The 2nd Annual Inspection held on May 30, 1972, obtained them an efficiency rating of 92.13 per cent, placing them 5th in the province.

In September of 1972, the Corps quota was increased to 70 and a third year program was developed for the senior Cadets. The 3rd Annual inspections, on June 2, 1973, obtained them an efficiency rating of 92.13 per cent, however due to lack of an Area Cadet Training Officer, they were not numerically rated.

On May 30, 1974, the Corps held their 4th Annual Inspection which obtained the efficiency rating of 95.25 per cent, placing them 3rd in the Province and won the Corps, the "B" trophy.

In September, 1974, the Cadet quota was increased to 80 and incorporated girls into the Corps. The Corps now boasts that the girls are developing into some of the best Cadets. The Gordon Cadet Corps is not only made up of boys and girls from the Cordons Student Residence, but from members of the surrounding communities as well.

The efficiency ratings of May 29, 1975, is still unknown, however members of the Corps feel certain theirs will be one of the best. The 2871 Gordon Cadet Corps, having developed much of its own successful programs in leadership, skills and safety, as well as having become one of the best Cadet Corps in this province is reason enough for them to be proud.

Chief McNab taking interest in one of the many displays.
Chief McNab taking an interest in one of the many displays.
Captain W. P. Starr, Chief Instructor for Gordons Cadet Corps
Captain W. P. Starr, Chief Instructor for Gordons Cadet Corps.
Lt.-Colonel C. M. Terry, CD, making his final remarks to the Cadet Corps.
Lt.-Colonel C. M. Terry, CD, making his final remarks to the Cadet Corps.
Interested Cadets looking over the weapons display.
Interested Cadets looking over the weapons display.
Special Constable J. McKlean intently observing the weapons display.
Special Constable J. McKlean intently observing the weapons display.
The 2871 Cordon Cadet Corps under inspection.
The 2871 Cordon Cadet Corps under inspection.