Cadet Force

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Cadet Force
CADET FORCE ACT

CHAPTER 14:02

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Act
28 of 1963

Amended by
7 of 1979

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Index of Subsidiary Legislation
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Cadet Force Regulations (GN 46/1965) … … … … 8

Note on Subsidiary Legislation
Section 10 of the Law Revision (Miscellaneous Amendment) (No. 1) Act 1979 (No. 45 of
1979) provides that notwithstanding the repeal of the Cadet Force Medal Regulations 1960
(GN 70/1960) any medal or clasp granted under those Regulations shall continue to be as valid
and effective, and may be worn and used by the persons entitled to do so under those Regulations
in all respects as if those Regulations were still in force.

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CHAPTER 14:02

CADET FORCE ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Establishment of Cadet Force, appointment of Commandant.
4. Salaries, etc., of Cadet Force.
5. Grant of Commissions in the Cadet Force.
6. Commissioned Officers of Cadet Force to hold same status as

Commissioned Officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.
7. Regulations.
8. Transitional provisions.

SCHEDULE.

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CHAPTER 14:02

CADET FORCE ACT

An Act to make provision for the constitution, organisation,
training and discipline of a Cadet Force.

[18TH JULY 1963]

1. This Act may be cited as the Cadet Force Act.

2. In this Act—
“cadet” means a non-commissioned officer or cadet enrolled in

the Cadet Force;
“Cadet Force” means the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force

established under section 3(l);
“Commandant” means the person appointed by the President

under section 3(2);
“Defence Force” means the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force

established by section 5 of the Defence Act;
“Minister” means the Minister to whom responsibility for defence

is assigned;
“officer” means a member of the Cadet Force granted a

commission by the President under section 5 and carrying
rank and precedence within the Cadet Force;

“unit” includes any headquarters or a battalion or ship or
aircraft or other body of the Cadet Force established under
section 3 and declared by the Minister to be a unit.

3. (1) There is hereby established a Cadet Training Force to
be known as the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force consisting of
such units as the President may from time to time think fit to be
formed, and styled by such designations as the President shall
declare by notice published in the Gazette.

(2) The Cadet Force shall be under the command of a
Commandant appointed by the President.

28 of 1963.

Commencement.

Short title.

Interpretation.

Ch. 14:01.

Establishment of
Cadet Force,
appointment of
Commandant.

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Salaries, etc., of
Cadet Force.

Grant of
Commissions in
the Cadet Force.
[7 of 1969].

Schedule.

Commissioned
Officers of
Cadet Force to
hold same status
as
Commissioned
Officers of the
Trinidad and
Tobago Defence
Force.

Regulations.

4. The Commandant, the staff and members of the Cadet
Force shall receive such salaries and allowances as may be provided
by Parliament.

5. (1) The President may grant—
(a) commissions conferring such ranks upon officers

of the Cadet Force; and
(b) honorary commissions, whether subject to

conditions or not, to any person,
as he may think fit and every such grant shall be published in
the Gazette.

(2) Every commission granted under subsection (1)(a)
shall be issued in the form set out in the Schedule.

(3) A person upon whom is conferred an honorary rank
under subsection (1)(b) is not entitled to any pay, allowance, retired
pay, pension, gratuity or other benefits.

(4) No officer may be promoted without the approval of
the President.

6. Commissioned Officers of the Cadet Force shall have and
enjoy the same status as Commissioned Officers of the Defence
Force, but an officer of the Cadet Force shall rank after an officer
of the same rank in the Defence Force.

7. (1) The Minister may make Regulations for the better
carrying out of this Act.

(2) Regulations made under this section may,
without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of
subsection (1), provide—

(a) for the discipline and training of members of the
Cadet Force;

(b) for the enlistment, rank, precedence, appointment,
promotion and command inter se of members of
the Cadet Force other than officers;

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(c) for the uniforms, insignia and badges to be worn
by members of the Cadet Force; and

(d) for the constitution, organisation and strength of
the Cadet Force.

8. (1) The Trinidad Cadet Force (in this section referred to
as “the former Corps”) authorised by the Governor of the former
Colony of Trinidad and Tobago shall for all purposes be deemed
to be the Cadet Force established under section 3.

(2) Notwithstanding section 3(2), the person who
immediately before the commencement of this Act held the office
of Commanding Officer of the former Corps shall be deemed to
have been validly appointed to the office of Commandant of the
Cadet Force.

(3) All persons who immediately before the
commencement of this Act held commissions in the former
Corps shall be deemed to have been validly commissioned in
the Cadet Force established under section 3 in the rank they held
in the former Corps immediately before the commencement of
this Act.

Transitional
provisions.

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SCHEDULE

FORM OF PRESIDENT’S COMMISSION

To .......................................................................................................Greetings:

Reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Loyalty, courage and good
conduct; I do by these presents constitute and appoint you to be an Officer in
the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force from the ........................... day of
......................................, 20........

You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge your duty as such
in the rank of ............................................. or in such higher rank as you may
from time to time hereafter be promoted or appointed to, of which a notification
will be made in the Gazette, and you are at all times to exercise and well
Discipline in Arms such Officers and members of the Trinidad and Tobago
Cadet Force serving under you and use your best endeavour to keep them in
good Order and Discipline. And I do hereby command them to obey you as
their Superior Officer, and you to observe and follow such Orders and Directions
as from time to time you shall receive from me, or any other, your Superior
Officer, in pursuance of the Trust hereby reposed in you.

Given at .....................................................................Trinidad and Tobago, this

.......................day of .......................... 20 .........

.............................................................
President and Commander-in-Chief,

Trinidad and Tobago

[Section 5(2)].

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SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

CADET FORCE REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

REGULATION

1. Citation.
2. Interpretation.
3. Term of office of Commandant.
4. Standing Orders.
5. Establishment of Committee.
6. Composition of Committee.
7. Term of office of Committee.
8. Meetings of Committee.
9. Report of Committee.

10. Secretary to the Committee.
11. Headquarters Unit.
12. Qualifications for grant of Commission.
13. Army Proficiency Test.
14. Under Officer.
15. Recommendation for commission.
16. Duties of Officers.
17. Eligibility for commission as Captain or Major.
18. Letter of warning.
19. Punishment of officer.
20. Dismissal of officer.
21. Appeals to Minister.
22. Resignation of officer.
23. Retirement of officer.
24. Appointment of Adult Warrant Officers.
25. Enrolment in Cadet Force.
26. Cadet to make Cadet Promise.

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27. Resignation of Cadet.
28. Where Cadet ceases to be a pupil.
29. Discharge Certificate.
30. Grounds for discharging Cadet.
31. Cadet year to coincide with school terms.
32. Prohibition of confidential matters relating to Cadet Force.

SCHEDULE.

REGULATION

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CADET FORCE REGULATIONS
made under section 7

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Cadet
Force Regulations.

2. (1) In these Regulations—
“Committee” means the Cadet Force Advisory Committee

established by regulation 5;
“Schools” includes colleges;
“Standing Orders” means the orders referred to in regulation 4;
“Under Officer” means a person appointed by the Commandant

as such for the purpose of being trained for appointment as
a Commissioned Officer;

“Unit” means part of the establishment of the Cadet Force more
particularly described in Part I of the Schedule.

(2) Where in these Regulations reference is made to the
Commandant acting on the advice of another person or authority
the references shall be construed as requiring the Commandant
to act in accordance with such advice, and where reference is
made to the Commandant acting after consultation with some
other person or authority or where the Commandant is required to
consult with another person or authority such reference and such
case shall be construed as permitting the Commandant to act in his
discretion after considering any recommendations of such person
or authority.

3. The appointment of the Commandant shall be for a period
of three years and may be renewed from time to time.

4. Subject to these Regulations, the Commandant may issue
Standing Orders concerning the organisation, training and
administration including discipline of the Cadet Force.

5. There shall be a Committee for the purpose of advising—
(a) the Minister on matters of policy relating to the

Cadet Force; and

46/1965,
[114/1965,
136/1976].

Citation.

Interpretation.

Schedule.

Term of office
of Commandant.

Standing
Orders.

Establishment
of Committee.

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Composition of
Committee.

Term of office
of Committee.

Meetings of
Committee.

(b) the Commandant on such matters as are
mentioned in these Regulations or as are referred
to it by the Minister or by the Commandant,

and in particular the Committee may—
(i) make recommendations with respect

to appointment to and, subject to
regulation 19(4), withdrawals of
Commissions and to promotions; and

(ii) advise on the establishment of new units
and the regulation of the strength of
established units.

6. (1) The Committee shall consist of the following number
of members appointed by the Minister:

(a) one member representative of the Ministry of
National Security;

(b) one member from among the members of the
Public Service Commission;

(c) six members of whom at least four shall be
Principals or Managers of the schools to which
units are attached,

and the Commandant of the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force
shall be ex officio a member.

(2) The Minister shall appoint from among the members
of the Committee a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman.

7. The term of office of the Committee shall be three years,
except that the Chairman shall vacate his office at the end of a
period of three years from his appointment as Chairman.

8. (1) The Committee shall hold quarterly meetings in each
year and may adjourn such meetings from time to time but the
Committee may hold more frequent meetings at such times as it
thinks fit for the purpose of dealing with any of the matters referred
to in regulation 5.

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(2) A quorum of the Committee shall be five members
and at any meeting thereof, in the absence of the Chairman and
Vice-Chairman a member shall be elected ad hoc Chairman.

9. The Committee shall make an annual report on their
proceedings to the Minister.

10. The Adjutant shall be the Secretary to the Committee and
shall under the supervision of the Chairman prepare agenda, record
minutes and deal with any other matters of a secretarial nature,
and shall have no vote in the Committee.

11. (1) The establishment of the Cadet Force shall consist of
a Headquarters Unit and such number of “A”, “B” and “C” type
units as the President may determine.

(2) The strength of the above-mentioned types of units
shall be in accordance with formulae respectively given in Part I
of the Schedule.

12. A person is eligible for the grant of a commission as an
officer in the Cadet Force only if he is—

(a) a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, or a person
entitled to be registered as such under the
provisions of the Constitution;

(b) above the age of 18 years;
(c) the holder of a School Certificate or a certificate

of an equivalent or higher standard in which he
has gained credits in English and at least two
other subjects; and

(d) recommended by two citizens of Trinidad
and Tobago.

13. (1) Unless exempt from the requirements of this
provision on the ground of possessing such previous military
experience as may be prescribed an officer shall undergo a course
of basic training for the “Army Proficiency Test” and attempt such
proficiency test.

Report of
Committee.

Secretary to the
Committee.

Headquarters
Unit.

Schedule.

Qualifications
for grant of
Commission.

Army
Proficiency Test.

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(2) An officer is ineligible for promotion and is liable to
be called upon to resign his commission upon failure to pass the
relevant proficiency test within such time as may be prescribed by
Standing Orders.

14. (1) Subject to regulation 12, a person may be appointed
an Under Officer by the Commandant acting on the advice of
the Committee.

(2) An Under Officer shall undergo and complete
successfully a course of basic training within a year of his
appointment as such.

(3) An Under Officer who is not commissioned as an
officer within such period after the completion of his basic training
as may be prescribed by the Standing Orders, is liable to be called
upon to resign his appointment by the Commandant, acting on the
advice of the Committee.

15. Before making any recommendation for the
commissioning of a person as an officer in any of the posts
mentioned in Part II of the Schedule, the Commandant shall
submit the names and records of all officers, if any, who are eligible
for promotion thereto to the Committee, and shall consult thereon
with the Committee.

16. (1) Subject, in the case of Area Commanders, to this
regulation, Officers and Under Officers shall perform such duties
as the Commandant may from time to time determine as well as
such duties as are prescribed by the Standing Orders.

(2) An Area Commander is responsible for the
administration and training of all Units in his area, in conjunction
with the Headquarters staff.

(3) An Area Commander shall hold regular monthly
meetings with the officers and such other adult staff members of
Units in his area as he considers appropriate with a view to
informing such persons of all decisions taken at Headquarters as
well as for the purpose of discussing all problems occurring in the
administration of the Units.

Under Officer.

Recommendation
for commission.

Schedule.

Duties of
Officers.

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(4) Minutes of such meetings shall be kept and three
copies thereof forwarded to the Adjutant who shall in turn forward
a copy to the Commandant and the Deputy Commandant.

(5) An Area Commander shall visit each Unit in his area
at least once every term for the purpose of checking all records
and ensuring that training is being carried out in accordance with
the Unit Training Programme, a copy of which shall be forwarded
to him at the beginning of each term.

(6) Area Commanders shall be attached to and form part
of the Headquarters group.

17. (1) Except in such cases as the President thinks fit—
(a) a Lieutenant is ineligible for commission as a

Captain, until the completion of four years service
as Lieutenant; and

(b) a Captain is ineligible for commission as a Major
until the completion of seven years service
as Captain,

but nothing in this regulation shall prevent the appointment of an
officer to a post of a higher rank in an acting capacity.

(2) In the absence of special reasons to the contrary,
the Commandant shall recommend for promotion to Lieutenant,
a 2nd Lieutenant, who having passed the Proficiency Test, has
completed two years of service as an Under Officer or 2nd
Lieutenant or in both such capacities.

(3) The Commandant may, acting after consultation with
the Committee, appoint an officer to a post of a higher rank in an
acting capacity.

18. (1) An Officer or Under Officer is guilty of an offence
and liable to be issued a letter of warning if he—

(a) is found lacking in his dress on Parade;
(b) is regularly absent from parade

without permission;

Eligibility for
commission as
Captain or
Major.

Letter of
warning.

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(c) disobeys the orders of his superiors;
(d) is guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interest

of the Cadet Force,
and in the case of a second or subsequent offence be brought before
the Unit Commander.

(2) Where an Officer or Under Officer is issued a letter
of warning under paragraph (1) a copy of such letter shall be sent
to the Commandant for his information and shall be included by
him in the record of such officer.

19. (1) An Officer or Under Officer who is guilty of such
conduct as is mentioned in regulation 18(1)(d) or who commits a
breach of regulation 32 or of the Standing Orders other than an
offence mentioned in regulation 18(1)(a), (b) and (c) is guilty of
an offence and may be dealt with by his Unit Commander, or subject
to this regulation, by the Commandant.

(2) The Unit Commander may, either in the case of an
Officer or Under Officer brought before him under Regulation 18(1)
or in any other case where an officer is guilty of an offence—

(a) reprimand the Officer or Under Officer; or
(b) commit the matter to be dealt with by

the Commandant.
(3) The Commandant may in any matter so committed

to be dealt with by him or coming before him—
(a) reprimand the Officer or Under Officer

concerned; or
(b) commit the matter to be dealt with by the

Committee which may recommend—
(i) that the officer be called upon to resign; or

(ii) that the officer ’s commission be
withdrawn; or

(c) after consultation with the Committee call upon
the Under Officer to resign, or revoke the
appointment of the Under Officer.

Punishment of
officer.

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Dismissal of
officer.

Appeals to
Minister.

Resignation
of officer.

Retirement
of officer.

Appointment of
Adult Warrant
Officers.

(4) In any disciplinary matter referred to it by the Minister
or the Commandant, the Committee may make investigation and
advise accordingly.

20. Where an officer is, under these Regulations, required to
be called upon to resign the Minister may so call upon him.

21. An appeal shall lie to the Minister from any
recommendation of the Commandant on advice by the Committee
involving the withdrawal of an officer’s commission, the
resignation of an officer or Under Officer, the revocation of an
Under Officer’s appointment or the dismissal of an Adult
Warrant Officer.

22. (1) An officer desiring to resign his commission shall
submit a letter of resignation giving his reasons to the Commandant
who shall forward the same to the Minister, save that for the
purposes of any disciplinary matter under these Regulations such
officer shall not be regarded as having resigned his commission
until formal communication of its acceptance has been made
to him.

(2) An Under Officer or Adult Warrant Officer desiring
to resign his appointment as such shall tender a letter of
resignation giving his reasons to the Commandant and the proviso
to paragraph (1) shall apply in every such case.

23. (1) An officer may, on attaining the age of 55 years, retire
from the Cadet Force.

(2) An officer below the rank of Major shall, on attaining
the age of 60 years, retire from the Cadet Force.

24. When appointments of Adult Warrant Officers are being
made, preference shall be given to persons who have been members
of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force or of the Cadet Force.
Adult Warrant Officers shall perform such duties as the
Commandant may from time to time determine as well as such
duties as are prescribed by the Standing Orders.

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25. (1) Any pupil of a school for which a Unit has been
established may apply to be enrolled in the Cadet Force.

(2) Such a pupil shall become a cadet if—
(a) a Unit has been established for the school which

he is attending;
(b) he is not less than twelve years and not more than

nineteen years old; and
(c) he has the permission of his parent or guardian to

become a cadet and is recommended as such by
the Principal or Headmaster (or by the delegate
of such Principal or Headmaster) of the school to
which he belongs.

(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (2) a pupil above the age
of sixteen years may become a cadet only if he is specially approved
by the Unit Commander and a cadet who has attained the age of
nineteen years may remain a cadet only until the expiration of the
year of his nineteenth birthday.

26. Every cadet shall make the Cadet Promise in the terms
given in Part III of the Schedule.

27. (1) A non-commissioned officer or cadet may resign
from the Cadet Force at any time by handing in his uniform and
notifying the Unit Commander of his resignation.

(2) The Unit Commander shall notify the Adjutant of such
resignation in duplicate and shall at the same time supply such
information as is required on such forms as are prescribed.

(3) The Adjutant shall file copies of such forms in the
personal record of the cadet and publish in the next Orders notice
of the resignation.

(4) In this regulation and in regulation 29 a reference to
forms to be prescribed means the forms prescribed by the
Standing Orders.

Enrolment in
Cadet Force.

Cadet to make
Cadet Promise.
Schedule.

Resignation of
Cadet.

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28. Where a cadet is about to cease to be such a pupil as is
mentioned in regulation 25(1), he shall notify his Unit Commander
and shall hand in all uniforms issued him and shall thereupon
cease to belong to the Cadet Force and the provisions of
regulation 27(2) and (3) shall apply as if the cadet has resigned.

29. Every cadet resigning from or ceasing to belong to the
Cadet Force shall on application be given a Discharge Certificate
on the prescribed form by his Unit Commander on which shall be
plainly set forth his character while serving in the Cadet Force as
assessed by his Unit Commander, and the Certificate shall be
countersigned by the Commandant.

30. A cadet may be discharged by order of the Commandant
if he is reported on—

(a) for non-attendance or unpunctuality at the
ordered parades;

(b) for slackness and inattention when on
parades; and

(c) for insubordination or conduct prejudicial to
the best interest of the Cadet Force.

31. The Cadet year shall be divided into three terms so as to
coincide with the scholastic terms of the schools.

32. (1) No communications pertinent to confidential
matters relating to the Cadet Force shall be given for publication
without the permission of the Commandant, Second-in-Command
or Adjutant.

(2) The Adjutant shall submit to the Minister, a list of all
appointments and promotions in orders for publication.

(3) The Welfare Officer shall be responsible for all
publications of a general nature concerning the Cadet Force and
which may be of interest to the parents of cadets or to the public.

Where Cadet
ceases to be a
pupil.

Discharge
Certificate.

Grounds for
discharging
Cadet.

Cadet year to
coincide with
school terms.

Prohibition of
confidential
matters relating
to Cadet Force.

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SCHEDULE
PART I

ESTABLISHMENT OF CADET FORCE
“A” Type Unit (Company Strength):—

Unit (Coy) Commander—Major or Captain.
Unit (Coy) Second-in-Command—(2i/c)—Captain.
Cadet/Company Sergeant Major (C.S.M.)—C/WO. Class II.
Cadet/Company Quartermaster Sergeant (C.Q.M.S.).

No. 1 Platoon No. 2 Platoon No. 3 Platoon
(as for No. 2 Platoon) Platoon H.Q. (as for No. 2 Platoon)

Platoon Commander—Lieutenant or Under Officer
Platoon Second-in-Command (2i/c) Adult Warrant Officer

(A/WO) Class II

No. 1 Section No. 2 Section No. 3 Section
(as for No. 2 Section) Section Commander (as for No. 2 Section)

Cadet Sergeant (for Nos. 1 and 3 Sections Cadet Corporal)
Second-in-Command Section-Cadet L/Corporal 8 Cadets.

Total 5 officers, 3 A.W.O’s., 92 Cadets.
“B” Type Unit (2 Platoon Strength) shall consist of:—

UNIT HEADQUARTERS

Unit Commander—Captain.
Cadet/Unit Sergeant Major (U.S.M.), C/WO Class III.

No. 1 Platoon No. 2 Platoon
Platoon Establishment same as “A” Class Unit Platoon

Total 3 officers, 2 A.W.O’s., 61 Cadets.
“C” Type Unit (1 Platoon Strength) shall consist of:—

UNIT HEADQUARTERS

Unit Commander—Lieutenant

Platoon Second-in-Command—Adult Warrant Officer
(A.W.O.).

Platoon Establishment same as “A” Class Unit Platoon
Total 1 officer, 1 A.W.O., 30 Cadets.

Regulation 11.

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20 Chap. 14:02 Cadet Force
Cadet Force Regulations[Subsidiary]

PART II

LIST OF RANKS OF OFFICERS REQUIRED TO BE
SUBMITTED TO THE COMMITTEE FOR PROMOTION

Second-in-Command … … Rank … Major
Area Commander … … ” … Major or Captain
Training Officer … … ” … Major or Captain
Adjutant … … … ” … Captain
Quartermaster … … … ” … Captain
Supernumerary Officer … … ” … Captain or Lieutenant
Welfare and Sports Officer … ” … Captain or Lieutenant
“A” Class Unit Commander … ” … Major or Captain
“B” Class Unit Commander … ” … Captain

PART III

CADET PROMISE

“I, Cadet ......................................................................., promise to honour God
and my Country and to do my best to serve them loyally and
honourably at all times through the ......................................................... (Unit)
of Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force to which I now belong”.

Regulation 15.

Regulation 26.

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