What is a Corps Cadet?

by Major Steve Merritt

There can be confusion when attempting to define a
corps cadet.

A corps cadet is not just a member of a youth group or Sunday school class. Although an active participant in these groups, a corps cadet is a soldier between the ages of 13-18 years old who has taken up a training role within his or her corps.

When I think of a corps cadet I prefer to focus on the title "cadet" which is defined as, "A student training to be an officer at a military school." Yes, it's as simple as that! The military school for us is the Dearborn Heights Citadel, Mich., Corps, and all corps cadets there are in training for local officership. According to the Orders and Regulations for corps cadet brigades, "A corps cadet is a young Salvationist who undertakes a course of study and training at his own corps in order to become qualified for efficient service in The Salvation Army."

Our corps cadets regularly take part in Sunday meetings as they prepare for future leadership roles. They have gone on many overnight retreats together and served in many other areas around the corps.

Sometimes we blur the lines between corps cadets and youth group. I believe this can be disservice to the crops cadet ministry. Our corps cadets, often and should, come from our youth groups, as they commit their lives to Jesus, but each program is a more effective ministry independently.

Corps cadets can fulfill a void of discipleship we lack within our corps as we hold to this vital training ministry. The corps cadets have a regulations booklet to help develop a brigade properly within the corps.

When corps cadets are offered and standards are upheld correctly other young people will surely want to join the brigade!



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