THERE has been a Royal Marines Cadet detachment at Milford Haven for just over eight years and this means the cadets have a lot of ‘firsts’ to achieve as time moves on.

A recent first-ever being a cadet achieving the rank of Cadet Sergeant, which is the pinnacle and top rank for any Royal Marines Cadet to achieve.

The Cadet Sergeant promotion board is held at a National level, with the eligible cadets from all over the United Kingdom attempting the difficult assessment weekend. The board covers uniform standards, ceremonial, map reading, weapons handling, lesson delivery, advanced fieldcraft and leadership.

Cadet Corporal Max Thompson was the first-ever attempt at the National Board and Milford is delighted to say that following successful reassessment in map reading, he has been promoted to Cadet Sergeant; the first ever for Milford Haven Unit, West Wales District and the newly formed 5 Troop.

He is also the only Cadet Sergeant that either South or West Wales Districts have seen for nearly eight years.

Lieutenant (SCC) William Elliott RNR, the commanding officer said: “I am extremely proud of the hard work and determination that the now Cadet Sergeant Max Thompson put into being able to reach this point and also for putting Milford Haven on the map nationally because of the still young Royal Marines Cadet Detachment.

“This is a fantastic achievement and all those connected to the Unit are very proud of you!”

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