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Puckapunyal Army Cadets do region proud

The 312 Unit finishes second in the national Chief of Army Cadet Challenge.

CATRIONA SMITH May 30, 2014 3:41am

Puckapunyal's 312 Army Cadet Unit's team at the Chief of Army Cadet Challenge in Canungra, Queensland.

The 312 Army Cadet Unit’s senior cadets have placed second overall at the Chief of Army Cadet Challenge held at Canungra near the Gold Coast recently.

A recent move from Broadford to Puckapunyal made it easier for the unit to access the military base’s facilities, which was invaluable to the training leading up to the competition.

The cadets earned the right to represent Victoria at the national competition after winning a series of smaller competitions, which named them the champion cadet unit in Victoria for 2013.

The team was excited about the two-day competition and pushed themselves to excel in navigation and obstacle courses, as well as hone their skills in leadership, decision making, first aid, field engineering and field craft.

The team of seven boys and three girls was happy with their performance and enjoyed the challenge.

‘‘I was happy with the team’s performance throughout the competition, they always listened and followed my orders which help us as a team. I couldn’t be more happier about it’’ Section Commander, Cadet Warrant Officer Zachery Frizzell said.

‘‘The experience tested our skills and training over the past years of cadets and it was great to be chosen to represent our state,’’ Cadet Corporal Demarchi said.

The unit has also been welcoming 2014 recruits with obstacle courses, navigation exercises, new friends and adventures.

So far they have experienced sleeping in rain, physical challenges, teamwork and the honour of attending the Puckapunyal Anzac Day dawn service as a unit.

The unit is made up of Mitchell Shire teenagers, bringing a variety of experiences and backgrounds to the group.

The cadets and recruits are provided a safe environment where they can test themselves while having an adventure and learning new skills.

There are plenty more adventures coming up for the unit, so anyone interested in getting involved can visit or email for details.

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