The West Lowland Battalion Army Cadet Force senior cadet has handed over the reigns.
The force commandant, Colonel Kevin Connor appoints a senior cadet each year to take on the role of Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major and at annual camp last month, 18 year old Grace Aspden from Sorbie handed over to Callum Murray from Kilmarnock.
Grace has been in the Newton Stewart detachment since July 2007 attending six fortnight-long Annual Camps in different parts of the UK. Interestingly her first was at Strensall near York, her last this year was the same barracks.
Grace attended her Senior Cadet Instructors Course run by a regular army unit in April 2011, gaining the award of top student. She went on to complete her Master Cadet Course which less than 100 army cadets complete each year from over 40,000 cadets nationally.
Grace was also the Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Wigtownshire from May 2012 to May 2013. She is a proud holder of a Duke of Edinburgh Award and numerous first aid qualifications.
Prior to her handing over the Regimental Sergeant Major’s cane, she was appointed a Cadet Under-Officer, the first cadet to gain this rank in the battalion’s 21 years of existence.
Grace is moving on from the Army Cadet Force in the next few months as she is nearing maximum age and starting her training to become a paramedic. The Army Cadet Force wishes her well.has 600 cadets in Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, as well as Dumfries and Galloway.