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Attention falls on cadets as they shine at annual inspection

Cadets during the Australian Navy Cadets of training ship Gladstone's annual inspection.
Cadets during the Australian Navy Cadets of training ship Gladstone's annual inspection. Luka Kauzlaric

DURING the week they slouch and drag their feet as teenagers do, but those in the navy cadets were standing at attention on Saturday afternoon.

The Australian Navy cadets of training ship Gladstone underwent their annual inspection, with reviewing officer Lieutenant Commander Joyce Kennedy.

LCMDR Kennedy is the senior officer for the Daring Flotilla which encompasses central Queensland cadet units from Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Gladstone and Rockhampton.

Family members and guests attended the event, which was a display of drill and exercises showcasing the talents and training achievements of local navy cadets, who range in age from 12 to 18 years.

Tonya and Di McDermid were proud to see their daughter Taryn, 14, march out.

"We usually drop her off and go, so we haven't seen her skills," said mum Tonya.

"When she turned 13 she asked us if she could join - she's always wanted to be in the navy."

Barbara and Les Smith were watching out for their grandchildren Sam and Matilda.

"It's great for them," Barbara said.

"I get the job of sewing on their labels, and pressing their uniforms.

"Sam is talking about making a career out of it."

Colby Samuelson, 11, said it was pretty cool that his big brother Craig got to go sailing as a navy cadet.

Topics:  australian navy cadets, gladstone



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