Army Cadets from Bude Selected for National Cadet Exchange to Latvia

By Lt. Harper:

On Friday 23rd March Cadet Corporals James Quinton and Joseph Szaniszlo attended and successfully passed a selection weekend at Altcar Training Camp near Liverpool. The prize, a week training with other British and foreign cadets in Latvia.

Since 2016 the Army Cadet Force has run an annual exchange trip with the Baltic States called Exercise Baltic Guard. This exchange consists of cadets from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and is the Army’s Cadets’ main contribution to International Defence Engagement between the UK and the Baltic States.

Ex. Baltic Guard provides an outstanding opportunity for army cadets to experience a range of challenging activities in a foreign environment and the selection weekend sought high calibre cadets who would be positive ambassadors for the UK’s Cadet Forces.

The selection weekend consisted of a variety of activities designed to test the leadership skills and character of the cadets. These included command tasks, group discussions, and first aid scenarios. Prior to going the two cadets were put through a pre-selection course in the Bude detachment.

Their detachment commander, 2Lt Ali Harper, said: “I am very proud of Cpls Quinton and Szaniszlo. To be the only two selected from the county, and in the top 30 nationally is a great achievement. This will be an excellent opportunity and an unforgettable experience.”

The Army Cadet Force in Bude continues to be a vibrant youth organisation and provides many different opportunities both locally and nationally. Bude Army Cadets parades on a Monday evening from 7.00-9.15pm. If you are interested in finding out more please email Lt Harper ( or come along to the Open Day oe Army Cadetsn Saturday, April 28th at the detachment building on the King’s Hill Industrial Estate.

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