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New Zealand Cadet ForcesThe New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) is a voluntary youth leadership training organisation, supported bythe community and the New Zealand Defence Force, for 13 – 20 year olds.The NZCF is run by volunteers (Cadet Force Officers and support staff) and Defence Force personnel.The NZCF consists of New Zealand Cadet Corps (NZCC) aka ARMY CADETS,Sea Cadet Corps, and the Air Training Cadets.Each Corps’ training, traditions and uniforms link them to their parent services of theNew Zealand Army,Royal New Zealand Navy,Royal New Zealand Air Force respectively.Aims of the New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF)To develop and enable self-disciplined, confident and responsible young New Zealanders.’Core Values of NZCFCourage, Commitment, Comradeship, Integrity (3CI)Dear Parent / Caregiver / Cadet,The following information has been compiled to assist you in getting to know theInvercargill Cadet Unit,its staff, and the obligations of cadets and parents.Please note that the New Zealand Cadet Forces does not place you under any obligationto join the Armed Services1

INVERCARGILL CADET UNITContact DetailsUnit Name:Invercargill Cadet Unit ½ ICU ½ Army CadetsEstablishment:1999Unit Commander:Second Lieutenant David LeeOfficersMajor Don KellyCaptain Rua DawsonSecond Lieutenant Chris SharpSecond Lieutenant Riley BlomfieldOfficer Cadet Ruby BorlandSupplementary StaffStacey LeeMeegan JenningsCompany Sergeant MajorSSGT S ChandraSSGT G Hope-JohnstonePostal Address:P.O.Box 817INVERCARGILLPhysical Address:Invercargill Army Centre1c Fox illcadetunit.comOur website contains lots of useful information about the unit under the relevant TabHomePromotional VideoContact UsRelevant numbersWhat is CadetsWho we are, what we doVision Mission Values NZCF’s Vision Mission & ValuesNZCF HistoryHistory of Cadet ForcesLeadershipJNCO & SNCO requirementsCommitteeUpcoming Meeting datesSponsorsCompanies that have given us Financial assistanceUnit ShootDates & Requirements to shootDatesDates of planned events for the yearWarning OrdersUpcoming events Warning OrderRoutine OrdersDress of the day for the upcoming parade night.LessonsSome LessonsCadetNetInstructions how to apply (Cadet) Instructions how to approve application (Parent)2

Facebook nitFacebook sBefore joining our Unit a Cadet will spend a few nights getting to know the Unit and deciding whether Army Cadets is reallyfor them.After this time they are required to complete the NZCF Enrolment Package and pay the ICU Annual Subs of 80UniformPresentationWhile in uniform members of the New Zealand Cadet Corps are at all times to be correctly dressed and well turned out.Officers and cadets are to ensure their uniforms are kept neat, clean and well pressed; that footwear is polished; and thatinsignia and other embellishments are clean and in good repair. You are not only representing ICU, you are alsorepresenting the NZCF and NZDF.Many items of the uniform contain wool and therefore should not come into direct contact with the iron as they will burnand become glazed. Instead a thin damp cloth should be placed over the item before ironing.You will receive training in how to iron, clean, wear and store your uniform.In the event that a cadet does not have their uniform, they must wear school uniform.After your subs are paid, you will be issued with your uniform. Uniforms are provided on loan free of charge.SDAR Trousers1.DPM’sStable Belt2.Boots if availableShort Sleeve Shirt3.NZCC CapJersey4.J hatShoes if available5.Webb BeltBrassard6.Smock & LinerRank slides7.URPHead-dress (Beret)8.EnsignName Badge for SD’s9.PT TopRecord of Service book (NZCF 22) 10.PT ShortsYou are required to wear your uniform to all ICU activities and parade nights, unless told otherwise.The uniform is worth approx. 1300, so it is extremely important that it is well looked after and kept in good repair.Head dress - BeretThe beret is to be worn with the band level around the head and the lower edge of the badge approximately 25 mm abovethe eyebrows. The beret is to be worn so that the badge is positioned over the left eye. The ribbon knot will be worn centralat the back of the head and the ends of the ribbon will be tucked inside the band. The crown will be pulled to the right.JerseyThe sweater is to be worn with embellishments, brassard and nametag. Sweater sleeves are to have a crease pressed from thecentre of the epaulette to the cuff. The collar draw-strings are to be tied with a reef knot so that the collar is tight butcomfortable. The draw-strings are to be knotted at each end and cut off so that no more than 15 cm hangs below the reefknot. The collar of the shirt is to be buttoned and worn over the collar of the sweater.ShirtSDAR is to be ironed with a crease in the sleeve extending from the centre of the epaulette. When the sweater is worn withthe shirt, the top button of the shirt is to be fastened at all times. When the sweater is not worn, the top button of the shirt isto be undone and embellishments, brassard and name tag are to be worn on the shirtThe DPM shirt is to be ironed with the sleeves ironed flat and without creases and neatly rolled up level with the bottom ofthe brassard.TrousersSDAR are to be ironed with creases extending from the waistband to the bottom at the front and back of each leg. Theyshould be hemmed so that the bottom of the leg (at the back) sits 1 cm above the sole rim of the shoe.DPM trousers are to be pressed flat and without creases front and back. When DPM trousers are worn with boots, the trouserbottoms are to be rolled up and secured internally with an elastic band to a point just below the top of the boots, so that thesocks and laces are not visible. Trousers are not to be rolled up when worn with shoes.3

ShoesBlack shoes, either Service issue or school standard, are to be worn as part of the uniform. When non-Service shoes are worn,the shoes must be entirely black (including any visible stitching and faces). Shoe uppers are to be polished and the edges of thesoles blackened.Name BadgeThe name badge is worn centrally above the right breast pocket of the SD shirt or the equivalent place on the jersey.HairIf hair is tinted or dyed it is to be in single tone and a natural hair colour.Exaggerated hairstyles are not to be worn.Males: Hair is to be shaped and tapered and must not extend below 13mm above the shirt collar. Hair is not to be ragged,excessive in bulk or length, overlap the eyes and ears when combed, touch the collar or interfere with the wearing ofheaddress. Sideburns, if worn, are to be neatly trimmed and not increase in width towards the bottom. The bottom of thesideburns must be clear-cut in a horizontal line and not extend below the bottom of the earlobe.All cadets are to be clean-shaven.Females: Hair is not to show on the forehead under the Beret, loose hair must be pinned back off the face neatly. If slides,combs, pins or a bun net are worn they are to be of plain design and of a similar colour to the hair. If hair is not short, it isto be worn in a bun (with a bun net) so that it rests no lower than 2cm from the collar .BeltThe Corps belt of the New Zealand Cadet Corps is the red and black Corps colours. The wearing of the Corps Belt is toalign with current NZ Army dress regulations. (buckle central, lining up with the buttons of your shirt)Rank SlidesAre not to be ironed directly and are worn on the shirt or jersey.NZCF 22This is your record of service book which you will be issued with when you join. It contains: your personal details, theNZCF Vision, Mission and Values, your declaration of services, permission from your parents/caregiver to participate inICU activities. You must bring this book to every NZCF activity, it must be kept up to date and signed by yourparents/caregivers.Before coming to ICU each night, please check that you have all items of uniform with you.Remove any fluff/hair from your uniform and ensure that your name badge is straight.Ensure No bulky objects such as combs, pens, wallets, phones etc should be visible in the pockets. Wedding/engagementrings only may be worn. Trinkets, necklaces and chains, if worn, must not be visible.Ear rings or studs may be worn by females, but they are limited to one pair of plain design and are to be worn in the earlobe only. Males are not permitted to wear any ear rings or studs.Any other body rings/studs/tattoos, when worn, must not be visible.Foundation make-up if worn is to be minimal No Lipstick.InspectionsUniforms will be inspected by NCOs at the start of each parade night; any Cadets who fail to meet the standards will beadvised of the remedial action they are required to complete to bring their uniform up to standard.DeportmentAt all times while in uniform members of the NZCF are to pay particular attention to their personal deportment. In public,and on military establishments, they are not to slouch, lean against objects, or have their hands in their pockets.4

BrassardThe lichen green brassard is to be worn on the right sleeve over the jersey orshirt. The epaulette of the jersey or shirt is passed through the loop on thebrassard to hold it in place. The brassard is to have a single, central, verticalcrease pressed into it from the top edge to the bottom edge. Badgespositioned as detailed belowBadgesRegimental.The bottom of the badge is to be located 65 mm above the bottom of the brassard, with the centre of the badge on thebrassard centre line. The badge consists of a half, four-point star embroidered in red on a lichen background. The halfpoints of the star are to be positioned top left and bottom right.CorpsThe Basic Qualification Badge is to be removed. The bottom of the badge is to be located 65 mm above the bottomof the brassard, with the centre of the badge on the brassard centre line. The badge consists of a four-point starembroidered in red on a lichen background.AdvancedThe Corps Qualification Badge is to be removed. The bottom of the badge is to be located 65 mm above the bottomof the brassard, with the centre of the badge on the brassard centre line. The badge consists of a four-point starembroidered in red superimposed with a black square on a lichen background.Shooting Competency.The badge is to be located centrally on the brassard, with the bottom of the badge positioned 5 mm aboveand parallel with the bottom of the brassard. The badge consists of a single rifle embroidered in white on alichen background.First Class Shot.The badge is to be located centrally on the brassard, with the bottom of the badge positioned 5 mm aboveand parallel with the bottom of the brassard. The badge consists of a single rifle embroidered in red on alichen background.Marksman Qualification.The badge is to be located centrally on the brassard, with the bottom of the badge positioned 5 mm aboveand parallel with the bottom of the brassard. The badge consists of a crossed rifles embroidered in red ona lichen background.National Skills Competition Winner. The top of the badge is to be 5 mm below the shoulder title, with the centre of the badge onthe brassard centre line. The badge consists of crossed taiaha, overlaying ferns with a scroll underneath withwhite stars determining number of times the recipient has been part of the competition winning team. Thetaiaha and scroll are embroidered in gold on an olive green background. The ferns are embroidered indark green.Australian Army Cadets (AAC) Adventure Training Award (ATA). The badge is to be pinned to brassard 20 mm to the right (whenlooking at the brassard lying flat) of the shooting badge or 60 mm from the centre line if there is no shootingbadge and 5 mm up from the bottom of the brassard. The pin is a torch and boomerang with the wording“ADVENTURE”, it represents the highest accolade worn by AAC cadets on their uniform.5

What we doDrill -Learn the teamwork and skills required to move around as a squad or parade in public.Dress and Bearing -Become skilled in reaching high standards of personal presentation.Bushcraft - FieldcraftLearn the skills and gain the confidence needed to survive in the outdoors.First Aid -Learn how to look after yourself and others in a first aid situation.Cadet Forces Knowledge (CFK) –Learn about the NZCF structure, our history and traditions, and about training opportunities available to cadets.General Service Knowledge (GSK) –Gain an insight into the NZ Army, what it offers and how it helps the community.Instructional Techniques –Develop skills in passing on knowledge to other cadets.Navigation -Become confident in finding your way on land.Firearms Training and Marksmanship –Become skilled in safe firearm handling and competition shooting (.22 Marlin Rifles)Leadership -Develop the skills to inspire and motivate others and have the opportunity to use theseskills as you move up in the rankingsystem. Learn how to brief and train others.Radio Procedures -Gain and practice correct military procedures when using radios.Citizenship Training -Develop an appreciation for serving others.6

DisciplineThe NZCF Code of Conduct applies to all NZCF members from the time you leave your house to go to an activity untilyou arrive home from an activity. It also applies whenever you are wearing your uniform or identifiable to the public as aNZCF member. Breaches of the Code of Conduct are dealt with by the CUCDR. The NZCF Code of Conduct is taughtwhen you first join and reiterated often. It is displayed around the Unit.Standing ordersThese are the rules of the Unit. All Cadets must have read these and be familiar with them. This folder is on the unit noticeboard there is a signup sheet at the rear Cadets need to sign once they have read the standing orders. Cadets need to havesigned this before their probation period with the unit is finished.Parade Ground HistoryIn the past, after a battle, when retreat was sounded and the unit had reassembled to call the roll and count the dead, ahollow square was formed. The dead were placed within the square and no-one walked through it. Today, the paradeground represents this square and hence, a unit’s dead. It is deemed to be hallowed ground, soaked with the blood of ourfallen and the area is respected as such by all.On the parade ground, there is to be no walking. You either run, or march. You should not run in uniform unless orderedto. So if you are in uniform, you must march. The area should be treated with respect.Paying RespectAs a Cadet in this Unit, we expect you to respect Officers, NCOs and instructors by:1. Addressing them by their rank (or as Sir/Ma’am, as appropriate).2. Standing at attention when addressing or being addressed by a higher ranking NCO, Under Officer or CommissionedOfficer.3. Saluting Officers the first and last time you see them each activity/parade night (you can only salute if you are wearingheadress in uniform, if not; simply come to attention and greet them.)4. Coming to attention, knocking and waiting to be acknowledged before entering the Office.5. Saluting and waiting before entering the Unit Commander’s Office, and saluting when you exit.6. Coming to attention when an Officer or your lesson instructor enters the room (i.e. when “Room” or “Stand Fast” iscalled).7. Obeying all lawful orders given by superiors.Cigarettes, Alcohol and Illegal SubstancesCadets are not permitted to smoke whilst in uniform or on a cadet activity. Cadets are not permitted to consume anyintoxicating liquor or illegal substances. Cadets bringing any of the above mentioned substances to any parade, camp orother activity will be instantly dismissed from NZCF.HealthAny matter concerning the health of a cadet should be brought to the attention of the Unit Commander in writing to ensurethe well-being of the Cadet. A health problem does not necessarily mean that a cadet will be unable to participate in Unitactivities. Please advise the Adjutant of any medication being prescribed for the cadet.Parade Night LeaveIf you are requesting an absence from a parade night: Parents/guardians will need to eitheremail orMessage us on facebook messengerActivity LeaveIf you are requesting an absence from an activity that you indicated you will be in attendance, firstly email the or if there isn't a parade night between now and the activity then you need to ring the Officer inCharge of the activity. Their number will be on the information form for the activity. If you no longer have the form for theactivity, there will be a copy on the website.ReleaseIf you no longer wish to stay in the NZCF you can resign on any parade night. To do this you need to have your uniformdry-cleaned and returned as soon as possible. Bring your Record of Service Book (NZCF 22) with you when you returnyour uniform to have it signed off by the Stores Officer and Unit Commander.CancellationsThere may be, at times, Exercise/Activity cancellations due to varying reasons.Before leaving home for any activity you need to check the cancellations page on our public website. If there is no messageabout the activity you are going to, the activity is on.7

The Rank SystemWhen you join ICU you will be known as a “basic cadet” - ‘Cadet’ is your rank and ‘Basic’ is your year level.You will be addressed as “Cadet surname ”.There are four compulsory training year levels:Þ Basic (first year),Þ Regimental (second year)Þ Corps (third year),Þ Advanced (fourth year).Rank is earned by being selected to attend a promotional course (JNCO / SNCO), successfully completing the course, andthen being selected by the Unit Commander for promotion.The first rank is Cadet Lance Corporal. Their rank is indicated by one chevron worn on each shoulder slide. A chevron isa bent bar of V shape and has been used to indicate rank for many centuries.The second rank is that of Cadet Corporal. Their rank is indicated by two chevrons worn on each shoulder slide. TheLance-corporal and Corporal ranks are referred to as Junior Non-Commissioned Officer (JNCO) ranksThe third rank is Cadet Sergeant. Their rank is indicated by three chevrons worn on each shoulder slide. The Sergeant rankis the first rank in the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer ranks.Above the Cadet Sergeant is the Cadet Staff Sergeant. Their rank has a crown located above the three chevrons and, like theothers, is worn on the shoulder slides. The Cadet Staff Sergeant is the last of the NCO’s to wear their rank on the shoulder.The top rank held by a Cadet NCO is Cadet Warrant Officer Class Two. Their rank has a crown surrounded by two laurelleaves.8

Unit Support CommitteeThe local support committee is a branch of the Cadet Corps Association of New Zealand. Without this committee therewould be no Unit as it is a part of this committee’s responsibility to assist to select suitable persons as officers and to organisefundraising activities so that the unit has the money it needs to operate. Parents and guardians are encouraged in joining thesupport committee. They meet on the second Parade night of the month. CHAIRMAN – Lindsay HendersonIt should be noted that with a Cadet in Our Unit, parents are required to attend their Annual General Meeting (AGM) andassist in TWO fundraising ventures per . Burt Munro street race setup weekend in Feb each year. A 6-hour commitment to the making of cheese rolls.So please, get behind your cadet and help us to help them.PaymentsWhenever money is payable, we prefer it to be paid directly into the Invercargill Cadet Account,38-9009-0517883-00.Please include in“PARTICULARS”‘CODE’‘REFERENCE’the Cadets Surnamethe amount paidthe activityeg Dawson RMeg 80eg Subs / EX D2D / EX iFLY etcCommunicationThe unit uses a number of means to communicate with cadets and parents. These are; ICU websitehttp://www.invercargillcadetunit.comThe website is the main source of information, and is kept up to date with all the various activities, permission slips andevent ill.cadetunitOur unit has a private Facebook group, which acts as an online notice-board for cadets. It has the same information as thewebsite, plus reminders from instructors. You must be a current cadet to join (an admin will approve you as a member).EmailCadets & Parents are required to have individual e-mail addresses for communication.To enrol in Cadet Forces a Cadet must have their own individual email address.PLEASE NOTE The enrolment process cannot be completed if a Cadet email is the same as a Parent email9

Frequently Asked QuestionsHow safe is my child?Your child’s safety is our top priority. Every activity is supervised by an NZCF Officer. All NZCF Officers must undergo aPolice Safety Check and complete a course where they are formally trained in risk management and cadet welfare. Formalrisk management and planning is carried out for all activities we run. No activity can be completely risk free. NZCF Officersare trained to recognise and minimise risk to a point where it does not impact negatively on your child's learning experiences.NZCF Officers are required to undergo additional training before they are allowed to supervise some activities. To takecadets tramping, the officer must have completed the NZCF Officer Bushcraft Course. Officers are required to qualify asRange Conducting Officers before they can supervise shooting. Cadets also need to pass a safety test and drills before theycan shoot.Regular Officer Update training weekends are conducted to ensure officers remain current with their skills and knowledge.For some activities (eg abseiling, rock climbing) we engage qualified instructors to teach and supervise the activity, thoughthere will still be an NZCF Officer in attendance.Do I have to stay if I don’t enjoy it?No, we are a voluntary organisation. If you decide cadets is not for you, or if you have to leave for other reasons, you canresign at any time. You just need to return your dry-cleaned uniform and any other equipment you have on loan.If you move, you can request a transfer to another unit. There are over 100 cadet units in New Zealand, from Kaitaia toInvercargill.Will being a Cadet help me get into the NZDF?Cadet Forces is not a recruiting arm of the NZ Defence Force. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that young people whoserve with Cadet Forces seem to adapt more readily to life in the Defence Force.What if I’m not too fit, or have a medical condition or disability?There is no requirement to meet a specific level of fitness to join. However, like many activities, if you are fit you will getgreater enjoyment from your experiences. If you are not capable of participating in the majority of activities because of amedical condition or other disability, the Cadet Unit Commander will meet with your parent/caregiver for a discussion beforedeciding if you are able to join.Will I be sent to war?Definitely not10

GlossaryNZCCNew Zealand Cadet Corps(“Army Cadets”)ATCAir Training Corps(“Air Cadets”)SCCSea Cadet Corps(“Sea Cadets”)NZCFNew Zealand Cadet ForcesNZDFNew Zealand Defence ForceUNITInvercargill Cadet Unit - ICUCUCDRCadet Unit CommanderTGOFFTraining Office(r)ADJAdjutant, commonly referred to as “Adj”PARADEFormation of Cadets on a parade groundNCONon Commissioned Officer (Youth Leader)OFFICERUniformed staff member with legal responsibilityLEAVETime off from an activity or parade nightSupStaffStaff member without legal responsibilityNZCF 22Your record of service bookletSACFTSUSouthern Area Cadet Forces Training Support UnitDPMDisruptive Pattern Material (Camouflage)SDARService dress all ranksDRILLMovement in an organised military formationDPTADrill Purpose Training Aid (“Drill Rifle”)USCUnit Support CommitteeNZCF 8Permission Form, Medical in Confidence. Used for NZCF CoursesICU8Shortened version as above, used on unit activities/camps etcSAHQSouthern Area HeadquartersSA ACSouthern Area, Area Co-ordinatorSA AASouthern Area, Area Advisor11

The NZCF consists of New Zealand Cadet Corps (NZCC) aka ARMY CADETS, Sea Cadet Corps, and the Air Training Cadets. Each Corps' training, traditions and uniforms link them to their parent services of the New Zealand Army, Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal New Zealand Air Force respectively. Aims of the New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF)

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