The Army Cadets

Alan Peterson became Honorary Colonel Army Cadets Wales in 2016.

The role of Honorary Colonel Army Cadets Wales goes back many centuries, they are not part of the military operational chain-of-command but serve in a ceremonial manner, often as a guest of honour at parades, mess dinners, or at other military traditions such as Remembrance Day.

Alan believes in the benefits, skills and opportunities available to young people who join the cadets. His support of cadet activity across Wales ranges from attending Annual Camps, hosting Cadets at Glamorgan cricket matches, presenting awards at the gruelling Cambrian Patrol Challenge, and recognising the commitment and dedication of Cadets' adult volunteers at the Armed Forces in Wales Awards. Alan promotes a greater understanding of business, commerce and Cadet activity, including the value of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.

Alan has forged crucial links with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and the Principality Stadium on behalf of the Cadets and each year over 300 Cadets attend one of the Autumn Internationals and get to meet one of the Welsh team for a special Cadet Q&A session.

Cadet Sophie Davies from Gurnos Detachment, Merthyr said, "It's my first ever rugby match and I'm absolutely loving it! It's so amazing to be here in the stadium. I'd never been to the castle either so it was really good to finally go!"

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