Byford army cadet Gypsy Ferrari was one of 500 cadets from across the state that took part in the West Australian Army Cadet Brigade’s major annual field exercise.
The annual training exercise was held from September 24 to October 2 and the 16-year-old had her hands full at the Bindoon army training area where she was actively involved in the day to day management and training of less experienced cadets.
Part of the 59 Army Cadet Unit, Gypsy holds the rank of cadet sergeant.
It was her fourth annual camp and despite the cold weather she said it was a lot of fun.
“I really enjoy the challenge of getting to know cadets who I haven’t meet before,” she said.
“I’ve made some great friends and always find it interesting and challenging to develop relationships with other cadets.”
During the eight-day camp cadets participated in a range of activities including bush craft and orienteering, team building games, archery, radio communication and abseiling.
They developed skills in leadership, navigation, engineering and survival.
These activities culminated in a challenging inter-unit competition, which tested both the cadets’ skills and their teamwork.
Major Peter Jones who was posted at Headquarters WA Australian Army Cadets said the Australian Army Cadets was a leading national youth development organisation with the character and values of the Australian Army founded on strong partnership, fostering and supporting an ongoing interest in the Australian army.
“Cadet training aims to support young people to develop new skills and face new challenges that will help define them for the future,” he said.
“If Cadet Sergeant Gypsy Ferrari is any indication of tomorrow’s young leaders than our country’s future looks like it will be in good hands.”