PO Cadet Esther W becomes First Sea Lord Cadet


From thousands of cadets in the country, PO Cadet Esther W was nominated to become one of just eleven cadet members of the First Sea Lord Board. In the build up to her investiture, Esther looked understandably pleased as Cdr Gavin MacDougall read out the events she will be attending in the future:

  • being guest of honour on a passing out parade at HMS Raleigh
  • having lunch with the First Sea Lord
  • visiting No 10 Downing Street
  • spending a day on a warship, joining a war simulator, doing battle control, and fire-fighting, for a 12-hour day

First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin, addressed Esther directly to congratulate her:

“Esther, well done for being somebody who is so clearly willing to help others and willing to lead others. There is something fundamental about having the confidence to put yourself forward because sometimes that means that you are in the firing line. But, actually, we need leaders at every level and we need leaders all the way through our country, all the way through this amazing nation, and for our society. The fact that you are also stepping forward and are willing to help others is very special. I think we have heard from many people today, that sometimes it can be draining but other times it gives you energy. I hope that that is what you are starting to understand, that helping others can be incredibly fulfilling.

And, well done also on the Corps of Drums. It is so impressive. The speed at which people do it and the fact that it never seems to go wrong amazes me. Again, it takes real skills and attributes. Esther well done for all that you are achieving and congratulations.”

The CCF wishes to congratulate Esther once again and looks forward to welcoming WORN WO1 Steedman, the most senior Non Commissioned officer currently serving in the Royal Navy, to a future school parade.

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