The Lord-Lieutenant's Cadets
The Lord-Lieutenant appoints Cadets to assist in official duties and events. The post of the Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet is held by a young person from one of the three service linked youth movements – Sea Cadets Corps, Army Cadets Force and Air Training Corps.
Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets are selected by their Cadet Group leaders and the Highland Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association. They typically have demonstrated outstanding service and contributions to their respective unit and organisation, and hold a rank of Cadet Sergeant (or equivalent) or above.
Being appointed as a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet is a great privilege and a highlight of an individual Cadet’s career. The role includes accompanying the Lord-Lieutenant at high-profile civic and military occasions, such as Armed Forces Day, Remembrance events and Royal Visits, supporting their Lord-Lieutenant and acting as ambassador for their cadet unit and organisation.
Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets are appointed on an annual basis and include representatives from Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Sea Cadets. Cadets are entitled to wear the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet badge on the right arm, and are presented with a certificate of appointment.
The Lord-Lieutenant's Cadets for 2020/21 are
2nd Battalion The Highlanders Army Cadet Force: Keith Detachment
Cadet Company Sergeant Major Dagan Johnstone
CSM Johnstone has served with the ACF for over five years, achieving the rank of Cadet Company Sergeant Major. His Commanding Officer commends Dagan for his deep loyalty to the Cadet Force, and for his outstanding leadership style. Dagan plays a key role in organising and motivating younger Cadets, works hard to improve the skills and capabilities of others and is a truly compassionate young man. He has strength in collaborating with others and has a keen interest in activities, such as Fieldcraft, that allow him to network with other Cadets.
Dagan has worked tirelessly to achieve the level of Master Cadet through his drive and determination to succeed. He has gained a wide range of qualifications including Senior Instructor, Signals, and a BTEC in Teamwork. He has represented the Battalion in Military Skills competitions and is a member of the Battalion Shooting Team.
Dagan has a passion for First Aid and also volunteers with a First Aid group outside of the cadet force, through which he has gained further qualifications. He has also volunteered at community events including the Huntly Triathlon and Scout Jamboree.
Dagan is keenly interested in Physics and Engineering and, as a member of a school team, designed and built a racing aerial drone for use in competitions. This inspired his ambition to study Engineering Systems at college, a qualification that will prepare him for an advance role in the Army Royal Signals Regiment.
His Commanding Officer comments, " CSM Johnstone diligently displays the values and standards of the ACF and is an ambassador for our motto 'To Inspire to Achieve'. He is making impressive strides as a young leader, undoubtedly inspiring his peers".
Air Training Corps North East Scotland Wing: 1298 (Huntly) Squadron
Cadet Flight Sergeant Connor Smithies
Flight Sergeant Smithies has served with the ATC for over six years, achieving the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant through hard work and determination, and is expected to be nominated soon for the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. His Commanding Officer commends Connor as a loyal and trustworthy Cadet who contributes a vast amount to his squadron, giving his loyalty to staff, guiding and supporting younger Cadets and projecting a first-rate impression of the Cadets.
Connor has achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, as well as a number of Cadet qualifications. He is an active participant in adventure training activities and is a keen shot. He has attended camps in the UK, Cyprus and Germany, assisted in the running of the Royal International Air Tattoo and RAF Scampton Airshow, and embarked on three voyages aboard the Sea Cadet training vessel TS Royalist. In 2019, he received a Regional Commandant's Commendation for his part in assisting at a road traffic collision. He is a keen fundraiser for Veterans' Aid and Help for Heroes in the local area. He enjoys rugby and plays for a local team.
Connor is currently a student at Moray College UHI and his career ambition is to join the Royal Air Force in a technical trade.
His Commanding Officer comments, "Cadet Flight Sergeant Smithies embodies the attributes that the Royal Air Force Cadets, and the wider community, seek in a young man. The efforts and commitment exhibited by Cadet Flight Sergeant Smithies should be recognised and he merits nomination for the role of Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet"