Published: September 5, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea sea cadets achieve highest promotion possible

Three Burnham-On-Sea sea cadets have achieved the highest promotion possible in the Corps.

Leading Cadets Emmit Wookey 17, Corey Hayes, 16, and Matt Tutton, 16, have been working tirelessly to achieve the qualifications necessary for promotion to Petty Officer Cadet (POC) and this summer they have achieved their goal.

All three joined Burnham's unit at age 10, and have advanced through the ranks, earning numerous qualifications along the way, including boating, shooting and even mountain biking.

"Many Cadets are unable to achieve this promotion due to the sheer amount of work and commitment needed, but our three have stuck to their task and have now reaped the reward. Amongst the final requirements for promotion were qualifications as Cadet Instructors in both Rowing and Drill," the unit's Matt Harkness told

"It is a momentous occasion for our Unit as we have not had a POC here at TS Dulverton for over 10 years, so we are extremely proud of all three of them."

All three were also part of the team that earlier this year won the National Drill Competition as Best Overall Colour Party, as reported here by

The group is always seeking new Cadets of all ages. Both junior (age 10 to 12) and senior (age 12 to 18) sections meet on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, with the Seniors also meeting on Monday evenings between the same times.

Anyone interested in joining is welcome to come along on those nights for a look around. The group is also looking for new adults to help with the running of the unit as both uniformed staff and management committee.

Pictured: POCs Corey Hayes, Matt Tutton and Emmit Wookey proudly displaying their new gold uniform badges of rank and proficiencies


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