The 2017 Navy Board Cadet for the Southern Area of the Sea Cadet Corps has recently been announced as Petty Officer Cadet Emily from Portsmouth Unit SCC.
Emily, who has been in the Sea Cadets since the age of 12 was recruited by her mother who was a cadet at Farnham Unit in her teens and is now the Commanding Officer of Portsmouth Unit.
Throughout her time in the corps PO Emily has taken part in almost every activity that it is possible to do in the SCC but has a passion for Drill (which she gets from her mother). For the last three years Emily, along with other team members from Portsmouth, has represented Southern Area in the National Drill at HMS Raleigh in the Colour Party Competition which they have been victorious in each time. This year Emily will be the Unarmed Drill Squad Commander at the National Championships in April as Portsmouth beat off stiff opposition to become the Area Champions in March. She has also followed her mother by becoming a qualified Drill Instructor.
As well as being adept at Drill, Emily isn’t a bad Football Player or Dinghy Sailor, she represented the Area in the National Football Competition in 2016 once again becoming a National Champion when her team were victorious in a hard fought final.
A Navy Board Cadet is selected from each of the six Areas of the SCC to represent the corps at the highest level. They mix with Senior Officers from the Military including Admirals on the Navy Board and are effective ambassadors for the organisation having reached the pinnacle of their SCC Cadet career.
PO Cadet Emily along with her colleagues is a shining example of what the Cadet Forces can do for the youth of today.
Note: Every year The Royal Navy Board appoints a Sea or Royal Marines Cadet from each area to be a Navy Board Cadet (NBC) to represent Sea Cadets at official ceremonies and functions. This is a prestigious role as it provides the chosen cadets a privileged insight into higher naval policy and work of very senior RN serving officers. NBCs start their role from 1 January until 31 December each year, and are normally aged 15 – 17. NBCs must be of a senior rank: Leading Cadet, Corporal, Petty Officer or Sergeant Cadet. They receive an arm badge with a certificate and letter from Captain Sea Cadets, and a letter from the First Sea Lord. The six chosen NBCs attend ceremonies and functions alongside a Royal Navy Board member and other senior RN officers. This can include formal parades, ship visits, royal occasions, opening ceremonies and presentations and awards. NBCs are a member of the National Cadet Forum. The forum meets throughout the year and discusses key issues from across the Areas. At the end of their appointments NBCs remain on the National Cadet Forum until they reach 18.