Edison N Isaac enjoys leisure time with his young
charges at a regional camp.
Edison N Isaac poses with sharpshooters of the
T&T Cadet Force.
Edison N Isaac in ceremonial wear on horseback.
Commandant of the T&T Cadet Force Colonel Edison N
Isaac is intent on using the force to make societal change.
Isaac, whose many years of experience in the force, as
youth sergeant, warrant officer and later commissioned
officer as an adult, has allowed him first hand experience
of the success young cadets have attained.
In a recent interview he explained that Forward
March, the development plan of the Force, which
speaks of expansion of the force to all secondary schools
throughout T&T, stresses the need to empower young
people with social skills which will allow them to take
a positive contribution to the society as T&T marches
the years, said Isaac, thousands of young
people have passed through the force. Some have gone on
to distinguish themselves internationally, regionally
and locally because of the training they received.
He, added that most if not all have displayed good qualities
of citizenship which shows that the role of the Cadet
Force is critical in the development of young people.
Isaac now hopes that this success can be mirrored by more
of this countrys young people.
aim is to produce graduates that are model citizens so
we look at personal as well as professional development
for the cadet as he/she moves from one stage of life to
the other. Hence the reason youngsters are allowed
to join the force from as early as age 11.
Traditionally, the Cadet Force has been involved in what
is known as infantry but they are hoping to expand to
units of air and sea, Isaac disclosed.
He said: This will allow young people to map out
a career path which may not necessarily be military. They
can choose to be a pilot, a nautical engineer or any other
career dealing with air travel.
These are not the only areas where young people can have
their skills honed, as there are other areas in the Force
that young people can get involved.
who have a penchant for music can get involved in the
cadet band or even in the messing unit where they can
learn culinary skills which are taught at the St James
Barracks. There is also a paramedic unit which helps point
them in the direction of medicine, Isaac explained.
Isaac, who has held the position of commandant of force
for the past four years, has been actively involved in
the Cadet Force since his days as a student at Queens
Royal College, however, in recent times, his involvement
in the force has been mainly on the administrative side.
He disclosed: I came up with the concept of the
development plan or Vision 2009 but it was
a product of consultations with adults from the cadet
force, former commandants, regional cadets from Jamaica
and Barbados, as well as parents and cadet members.
A recipient of the Humming Bird Silver national award,
Isaac also received two awards in Jamaica last August:
the Caribbean Cadet Medal, of which he was the first recipient,
and the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force Efficiency Medal,
for his contribution to the regional Cadet Force.
However, he said, his receiving those awards was really
a tribute to the adults who have given of their time freely,
sometimes to the expense of their own family life and
job situations, to serve the countrys youth.
increase the number of cadets in the force, with a targeted
minimum intake of 300 recruits by September, 2007 and
a cadet nominal roll of at least 5,000 by 2009.
The creation of a support structure for the T&T Cadet
Force within the broad policy guidelines of the Ministry
of National Security.
Provide flexible, enhanced opportunities for adult leader
training and development.
Increase the personnel resource base available to train
and develop cadets.
Create a more autonomous management structure.