Onslow College Student Graduates Top Of Syndicate

Brigadier Sean Trengrove presents CDTCPL Samual Ahie with the Top Of Syndicate Award.
Brigadier Sean Trengrove presents CDTCPL Samual Ahie with the Top Of Syndicate Award.

6 May 2013

Sam Ahie was just 12 years old when he joined the Wellington City cadet Unit and three years on has graduated a senior leader course at RNZAF Base Ohakea.

The 15 year-old Onslow College student was one of 30 New Zealand Cadet Forces cadets who graduated from a senior non-commissioned officer course on Friday May 3.

While friends were relaxing or working during the school holidays the cadets, all from the lower North Island and nominated by their units to attend, were immersed in lessons on leadership, efficiency and problem solving, and will now return with new skills to perform the duties of a cadet Senior NCO at unit level.

Cadet Corporal (CDTCPL) Ahie was named top of his syndicate on the course.

He joined cadets because of the military flavour and taking on a career in the Defence Force is high on his priority list.

“It’s great discipline and this course has really taught me a lot.”

CDTCPL Ahie said the tutors had taught the group how to achieve tasks quicker and have a sense of urgency about everything they do. He said an added bonus to the course was gaining extra NCEA credits.

“I only found that out a little while ago so it’s good news as I’m doing NCEA level 1 this year, it’s a bonus.”

A few spots of rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of a small crowd of family and friends who watched the graduation parade. Brigadier Sean Trengrove, Director General Reserve Forces and Youth Development, described the group as inspirational young leaders of New Zealand.

“Parents and unit commanders should be very proud of the environment they have created and the support they have given to these future leaders,” he said.

Background Info:
The New Zealand Cadet Corps is the Army branch of the New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF). The NZCF are for young people aged 13 to 18. They comprise the Sea Cadet Corps, the New Zealand Cadet Corps and the Air Training Corps. It is a voluntary, disciplined, uniformed youth leadership training organisation.

The organisation is not part of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), but is directed by the Chief of Defence Force, on behalf of the Minister of Defence, and is supported in partnership by the NZDF and the community. 

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