Heanor army cadet’s new role will inspire others

Cadet RSM Laurence Pilkington when he was appointed in his new role.
Cadet RSM Laurence Pilkington when he was appointed in his new role.

A prestigious promotion for an army cadet will mean more responsibility and the chance to be a role model for younger recruits.

Laurence Pilkington, a 17-year-old cadet with the Heanor Detachment of Derbyshire ACF, who was already the ACF’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for Derbyshire, was promoted to Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major (Cadet RSM) at a formal reception attended by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker.

Laurence said: “It is an honour to be able to represent my county in the role of Cadet RSM. I was proud to have the role handed over to me.”

The Cadet RSM is appointed by the Commandant to a senior cadet who has not only shown a high degree of competence in the skills required of an army cadet, but has also demonstrated leadership qualities and is a role model for his fellow cadets.

Laurence explained: “It feels amazing to be given this prestigious role and to know that all of my hard work has paid off. There have only been four RSMs in the past seven years so it shows the dedication and effort I have put in to my cadet career.”

Colonel Chris Young, Commandant of Derbyshire ACF, said: “We are pleased to appoint a new Cadet RSM to Derbyshire and wish him the best of luck with his duties.”