1st September 2023
Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet – Petty Officer Cadet Jospeh Moir
My year term spent as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet has been full of opportunities that I wouldn’t have had anywhere else in my time in Cadets. The events I have attended and people I have spoken to have enabled me to learn so much more about the County of Surrey, local organisations and of course the Military. While every event has been enjoyable and unique in its own way, I thought I would just give emphasis to some of my best moments.
One of the highlights of my time with the Lord Lieutenants’ Office was the visit of HRH the Duchess of Edinburgh to Connaught Junior School in Bagshot. Accompanying, Deputy Lieutenant Mrs Joosje Hamilton, it was fantastic to see HRH speak with the young pupils who had been working hard. We toured the school and HRH joined the school’s eco council to plant a tree for The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. This is a highlight of my time, not only as it was my first Royal Visit, but because I had attended Connaught School myself.
Another highlight of mine was attending the Pass Off Parade of (1) Fowler Squadron, 2 Army Training Regiment Pirbright. Myself and fellow Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet, Warrant Officer Sam Baker, joined the Lord Lieutenant at the fabulous parade showcasing the hard work that the 129 recruits had put in over the last 14 weeks of basic training. We were first hosted in the Officer’s Mess which allowed us to meet the Inspecting Officer, Troop Commanders and three famed members of the Royal Signals who all had troops on parade named after them. Following this we accompanied the Lord Lieutenant and the distinguished guests to the parade square. Despite the bitter cold the families of the recruits were in high spirits. The recruits were all well turned out and were a credit to the training staff. Of course, the atmosphere was brought together by the fantastic British Army Band Sandhurst, who kept the crowd and troops entertained with their rendition of Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” alongside many other classics.
After the parade we attended a Lunch with the permanent staff of the Training Regiment. As we both wish to follow a career path into the Military, this was an excellent opportunity to speak with the serving Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned ranks about their experiences in the military. Everyone was very keen to learn about our ambitions and many gave us advice and luck for the future. By far one of the best moments of the day was to watch the smiling faces of the recruits on parade as the Lord Lieutenant spoke with them. It is brilliant to see the military community, which is so prominent in the county of Surrey, come together and not only do the British Army proud but themselves and their families too.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet and am extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent the County. I look forward to the remaining months in the role and seeing how our successors get on. This year has shown all of us how valuable the role of the Lieutenancy is and I’m sure we will all endeavour to engage with it during out future careers.
Petty Officer Cadet Joe Moir
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