Leeds student Jack Goode is celebrating after being promoted to the highest rank possible in the Army Cadet Force (ACF).
He’s also become one of only 100 applicants across the whole country to be granted a scholarship to become an officer in the British Army. This means that Jack will begin officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst when he has finished his academic studies.
Jack, aged 17, has been in the ACF since the age of 13 and has risen up the ranks to become Cadet Regimental Serjeant Major (RSM), the highest rank a cadet can achieve. There is only one Cadet RSM in any ACF county at one time.
Jack, who currently studies at Elliott Hudson Sixth Form College in Leeds, said: “I feel honoured to have been awarded this responsibility, it has been my goal ever since joining the cadets.”
Cadet RSM often take on ceremonial duties in the local area as well as setting the standard for all other cadets.
Jack is from Birstall but parades with Batley Detachment, E Company, Yorkshire (North & West) ACF.
Detachment Commander, Colour Serjeant Sharon Arundell commented: “Jack showed great potential when he was a junior cadet, he progressed steadily through the syllabus and made the most of all the opportunities the army cadets offered him. He has been a brilliant Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer showing great leadership qualities.
“Jack has been a very inspirational cadet across the whole Company, he has drive and determination and I am delighted he has been promoted to become the Cadet RSM for Yorkshire (North & West) ACF, he thoroughly deserves this recognition.”
Jack received his promotion from outgoing Cadet RSM Natalie Dixon from Strensall detachment near York. Natalie is leaving the ACF having recently turned 18, the maximum age for an army cadet.
Other recent promotions within E Company include three cadets being promoted to serjeant; Jessie Tyrone and Harry Spillman of South Elmsall Detachment and Cerys Yates of Wakefield Detachment. From Batley Detachment Mohammed Karolia has been promoted to corporal and Melissa Bunker from Pontefract Detachment has been promoted to lance corporal.
Photo (L-R): Cadet RSM Jack Goode and outgoing Cadet RSM Natalie Dixon
If you would like to learn more about becoming a cadet or adult volunteer with Yorkshire (North & West) ACF, call 01904 490529 or visit https://armycadets.com/county/yorkshire-north-and-west-acf/