Stawell 303 Army Cadet Unit has celebrated its 29th anniversary with a parade and dinner.
The unit has nine cadets and meets on Wednesdays at 6.30pm during the school terms at SES Hall Stawell.
People need to be 13 and studying year eight at school to sign up.
Awards are handed out annually at each anniversary.
Captain Australian Army Cadet Aaron Croft and his staff members select the recipients.
Rylan Major was chosen this year for the non-commissioned officer award.
The cadet of the year award was given to cadet Harry Reither, while Jordan Charty received the mateship award.
Captain Australian Army Cadet Aaron Croft has lead army cadets for more than 16 years.
He said it was a great way for young people to find their place in the community and build self confidence.
“I’ve seen a lot of young people come into cadets unsure of themselves and not sure where they fit into the community,” he said.
“After doing five years with Australian Army Cadets, they can go on to have a better understanding of their place in the community.”
Mr Croft said Stawell 303 Army Cadet Unit was the only nationally recognised youth movement in the Stawell area.
“The unit provides a family atmosphere for participants. Cadets come, feel part of something and feel safe,” he said.
Stawell 303 Army Cadet Unit is the only Army cadets unit in the Wimmera.
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