The traditional links between the Lieutenancy and the military have always been recognised as important, and have been preserved in modern form in the close association which the Lord-Lieutenant has with locally based armed forces, The Royal British Legion, and Reserve and Cadet forces. In recent years the links between the Lord-Lieutenant and the uniformed organisations have also led to links with a wide spectrum of voluntary organisations and the public services.
The Lord-Lieutenant is invited to select members of the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force and the RAF Air Cadets, and to appoint them as Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for twelve months, to support him in his official duties.
The Lord-Lieutenant's Cadets are typically amongst the best cadets in their respective organisations, having completed the majority of their cadet training, and tend to carry the rank of cadet sergeant or above. The cadets are examples of all that young people can achieve through the cadet experience. Being appointed a Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet is a great privilege and is often the highlight of an individual cadet’s career.
Lord-Lieutenant Certificates are an important means of recognising valuable Reserve and Cadet Force service. They give public recognition, they are much appreciated and valued by the individual, and their presentation in a civic forum gives due profile to the unit and its contribution to defence and society.
The annual Lord-Lieutenants’ Awards for Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs), Cadets and employees of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Organisations of the Armed Forces are recognised as laudatory honours throughout the Ministry of Defence.
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