“Staff Sergeant Charles J reporting! There are 11 persons on parade, including myself at the attention position, ready and awaiting further instructions,” yelled Jillian Charles.
The student was addressing a senior member of the Virgin Islands Cadet Corps during the territory’s first Inter-Organisation Drill Competition held on Saturday outside Caribbean Cellars.
“Permission to carry on?” she added.
Ms. Charles’ loud commands would march her senior Cadet squad to victory over a team from VI Fire and Rescue Services and a crew of junior Cadets.
Wearing matching uniforms and shiny black boots, the Cadets gripped 10-pound mock rifles as they marched up and down in front of nearly 100 supporters, who cheered and took photographs.
Among the judges were David Foot, superintendent of Her Majesty’s Prison, and *** Romney, a retired police officer.
“With any drill, you want to see that the squad operates as one,” Mr. Foot said. “You need to hear clear instructions, and everyone needs to follow those instructions at the same time in the correct pace.”
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