Megan Jones is a confident,
bright, articulate young woman who credits much of her
early success in life to her military training.
Jones is a proud member of the
2964 Walden Irish Regiment Royal Canadian Army Cadets,
where she's moved up the ranks to become a Master
Jones, 17, was front and
centre Sunday at T.M. Davies Community Centre in
Walden as 30 cadets with the Walden Irish Regiment
held their Annual Review, which included a march past,
awards presentation, live demonstrations and static
"My military training has
played a huge role in my life, just huge," said
Jones. "I've met most of my best friends through
my training here and I couldn't imagine my life
Jones said there's no negatives,
as far as she's concerned, to becoming a cadet.
"I like the
structure it brings to your life, I like the kind of
people who are attracted to becoming a cadet and I
like the actual people who have signed on and become
good friends," she said.
Jones has been a cadet for five
years and says being a member of the Walden Irish
Regiment has allowed her to travel all across Canada.
Jones is an accomplished
sharpshooter who has qualified to become one of 21
members of the Cadet National Rifle Team, which will
leave for Ottawa in late June before taking off to
England for an international competition.
"We'll be competing against
other cadet teams from all around the world...it
should be a fantastic experience," she said.
The Annual Review is a big deal
for all cadets as they put in hundreds of hours of
practice and preparation for the big day, said Jones.
"You want everything to run
smoothly and make the people who show up to support
you think you know what you're doing," she said
Jones said her training over the
past five years will influence the rest of her life.
"I want a career either in
policing or maybe the military...definitely something
in law enforcement," she said.
Captain Sheri Penney said the
28th Annual Review of the Walden Irish Regiment caps
off months of hard work by all the cadets.
"We do different events
from the time the season starts in September like
biathlon, leadership training, drill with arms,
marksmanship and public speaking, but preparing for
the Annual Review is the biggest event of the
year," she said.
"It's a big deal
to all the cadets. They want to do well in front of
their friends and family."
Becoming an army cadet instills
discipline, teamwork, the ability to get along with
others, friendship and camaraderie, which most would
consider all very positive traits, said Penney.
"Most cadets do well in
life and in the workforce," she said. "The
qualities they need to succeed in the cadets bode well
for when they go to school and enter the
workforce...you get hard-working, dedicated employees
and young people who tend to become community-minded
Other programs offered as part
of the Walden Irish Regiment include pipes and drums,
radio communications, first aid and CPR, wilderness
training, scuba diving, canoe rescue and training,
hunter safety and photography.