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Western Province Junior Cadetting training camp - 2017 to begin next week

Western Province Junior Cadetting training camp - 2017 to begin next week

[December 06 2017]

The National Cadet Corps (NCC) will conduct the Western Province Junior Cadetting Training Camp from 12th to 15th December (2017). The Junior NCC will be held at the Siyane National College of Education in Veyangoda.

A press briefing in this regard was held at the Ministry to day (06th December) with the presence of the Secretary to the State Ministry of Defence Mr. Sunil Samaraweera.

The initial Junior NCC programme was restarted as a Pilot Project in schools in the Trincomalee and Monaragala Districts. The NCC was able to conduct eight Junior boys and two Junior girls Assessment Camps at the end of that year. 189 boys and 52 girls cadet platoons participated in this programme.

Students between 12-14 years of age are trained as Junior Cadets from boys and girls schools in government, semi-government and private schools. Their training include physical training, map reading, first aids, foot drills, tactics, building of values and ethics and etc. They will also be provided with training on leadership qualities, self-confidence and team spirit.

The National Cadet Corps is an entity that comes under the purview of the State Ministry of Defence. 'Junior Cadet Training' ceased to continue in 1980, but the programme recommenced under the directions of the President and the guidance of the Prime Minister, last year. The Junior Cadet Corps has developed into 29 boys battalions and 9 girls battalions to date.

Director, NCC, Major General AKP Wickramasinghe, Senior State Ministry officials and NCC officers were also associated with the press briefing held this morning.

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