Truro teen drill enthusiast spending summer in parade boots

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Army cadet Mackenzie Archibald practises the art of “pace stick drill” on the parade square recently at Argonaut Army Cadet Summer Training Centre in Gagetown, N.B.

Army cadet Mackenzie Archibald Mackenzie, 15, parades during the year with the 2928 Truro Army Cadets. However, this summer he’s practising his craft at the Argonaut Army Cadet Summer Training Centre in Gagetown, N.B.

This is his second summer at camp, having taken the three-week Basic Sports and Fitness course last summer. This year he decided to tackle the often-challenging Drill and Ceremonial Instructor course. Although it wasn’t his first choice, he’s glad he ended up learning more about drill, especially rifle drill.

“We’ve never had a rifle drill team at our corps, so this is our chance to get one started,” he explains. “I’ll go back this fall and know a lot more about it.”

He also knows that having this experience on his “cadet resume” could really help him in the next few years when it comes to promotions.

“I wouldn’t mind being Regimental Sergeant Major (the top cadet position) in my corps in a few years’ time!”

The Drill and Ceremonial Instructor course not only allows the cadets to learn about a variety of traditional military ceremonies, such as the Sunset Ceremony and the Changing of the Guard, it also develops them as leaders and instructors so they can take what they learn back to teach and mentor junior cadets at their home cadet corps.

The Argonaut Army Cadet Summer Training Centre is one of four Cadet Summer Training Centres in Atlantic Canada. Cadets from across Canada and abroad are at the training centre this summer taking part in expedition, pipes and drums, leadership and fitness and sports programs. Through participation in the Cadet Program, young people develop valuable life skills in teamwork, citizenship, leadership and physical fitness while having fun and meeting new friends.

Organizations: Truro Army Cadets, Argonaut Army Cadet

Geographic location: Gagetown, Atlantic Canada

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