First Sea Lord Cadet 2022 – Cadet Sergeant Lucy Taylor

Cadet Sergeant Lucy Taylor was appointed First Sea Lord Cadet 2022 in January. The First Sea Lord’s Cadets are regarded as some of the very best cadets from their respective organisations and play a crucial role in shaping the future of the Corps. Cadet Sergeant Taylor has been a member of the Sefton Sea Cadets since the age of 10 and a Royal Marine Cadet since the age of 13. The appointment means that Lucy is now one of the top Royal Marine Cadets in the county.

A few months into the role, we put Lucy in the hot seat to see how she is finding her appointment:

What does the role as the First Sea Lord Cadet involve?

The role of first sea lords cadet involves a variety of great opportunities for engagement. It is primarily to promote the youth voice of our organisation and ensure that change happens. We are enabled to have a platform from which we can speak out for diversity and inclusion in the sea cadet corps. This involves area and national competitions as well as the cadet voice.  

What events have you attended within the role?

Our first event was our investiture on HMS victory in February 2022, followed by the Mountbatten festival of music, National drill and piping competition, Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pageant, lunch at 10 Downing Street, national combined regatta and many more to follow in the coming months. 

What have been the highlights so far?

The opportunity to interact with other areas in a way that may not have been possible otherwise, meeting the Captain of the sea cadets and having the privilege of seeing the new and improved sea cadet headquarters in London. Engaging with the other cadet forces and embracing the #bettertogether ethos.

How has the First Sea Lord experience benefitted you at college?

This role has opened my eyes to many experiences that I never thought were possible. As a young person with autism I rarely ventured into the unknown but this role allowed me to see things and experience things that otherwise would only be in my dreams. It has improved my confidence so much and has made my college experience much more rewarding as I can apply the skills I have learned to college life. 

If you can pick three words to summarise your First Sea Lord experience, what would they be?

Inspiring, engaging, enjoyable. 

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