President David Granger today announced that he would be re-introducing the National Cadet Corps, GINA said.
A product of the Queen’s College Cadet Corps himself, the President told GINA his intention is not militarization, but to give youths an opportunity to explore their country.
“I do believe that in secondary school youngsters should be exposed to leadership skills, team work, to sport, (and) to travel.”
President Granger however, noted that the National Cadet Corps will not be compulsory, but will be open to all youths.
The corps will also provide recreational and learning opportunities for youths between the ages of 12 and 18 during the August holidays, GINA said.
President Granger added that the corps would also play up the importance of teamwork, and the good traits that come with public service.
Over the years at least three Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Company, the Queen’s College Cadet Corps and the National Cadet Corps were formed, but all later dissolved.