SEA cadets in Stratford have a new lieutenant.
Roger Edmunds, who was previously officer in charge, joined the Sea Cadets Corps more than 20 years ago as an adult civilian instructor.
To attain his latest promotion, Roger had to serve six years as a Sub Lieutenent and attend a week-long Junior Officers Training Course at SCTC Weymouth.
Cadet First Class Molly Edmunds – Roger’s 13-year-old daughter – knows more than others how hard he has worked.
She said: “It’s strange when Dad is on a course as he’s not there to wake me up in the morning or to eat with us.
“But if he didn’t go on these courses he wouldn’t have been able to get to where he is now and it makes me proud to know that my dad has achieved so much.
“He dedicates a lot of time to cadets and he makes sure everyone gets the best out of it.
“When he goes away he isn’t just achieving things that will help the cadets to learn new things but he achieves a skill for himself that he can use forever.”
And PO Scott Brazier jas been appointed second-in-command at the unit.
He replaces Lt Neil Hanson – who has stepped down due to work commitments – as First Lieutenant.
Scott, who has been involved with the Sea Cadets from a youngster, said: “I joined when I was 12. Cadets gripped me in a way that school never could – I loved every second of it.
“Seeing a cadet stand just a little bit taller after a parade, walk with purpose into a competition or take pride in themselves gives me a real buzz.”
Commanding Officer, Lt Roger Edmunds thanked Lt Hanson for all of his hard work and commitment over the years.