Hong Kong Adventure Corps

Hong Kong Adventure Corps

Infobox Organization
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formation = 3 September 1995
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type = volunteer youth organization
headquarters = Sai Kung
location = Sai Kung, Hong Kong
membership = 600+
language = Cantonese, English
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website = [http://www.hkac.org Hong Kong Adventure Corps]

The Hong Kong Adventure Corps is a voluntary uniformed group subsidised by the the Hong Kong government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Created in 1995 with ties to the British Army' Combined Cadet Force. Patrons of the HKAC are Anson Chan and Tsang Yam Pui

History

The HKAC replaced the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers)'s J Corps or Junior Leader Corps. The RHKR(V) J Corps was created in 1971 by then then colonial government and provided the same mission as the current HKAC. The J Corps had a maximum strength of 300 members was divided into two units, J1 Squadron and J2 Squadron. Unlike the HKAC, the RHKR J Corps accepted boys only. Girls are admitted as recruits in the HKAC.

Training

It is an army-orientated, disciplined youth organisation, which aims to promote qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community, and to develop their leadership and social awareness through the community. [ [http://www.hkac.org/mission-e.html Mission, Vision, Values] ]

The Corps HQ is in High Island near Sai Kung and was given to the Corps by the HK government. The camp was formerly a corrections facility and detention centre for Vietnamese refugees.

Training activities at the camp include:

* General/Basic Training
* Drill & Parade
* Fitness & Adventure Training They are divided into 4 wings:

*1. Junior Leaders Wing consist of cadet squadrons:
** A Squadron
** B Squadron
** C Squadron
** D Squadron
** E Squadron
** F Squadron
** Training Squadron

* 2. School Wings consists of the individual troop units

* 3. Central Training Wing provides the actual training and skill development training.

* 4. Special Project Wing

* 5. Guard Troop

* 6. Band

Qualifications

The qualifying age for joining HKAC is between 11 and 17 and given the rank of Recruit Cadet. As the cadet progress, they will become a basic Cadet. The final rank of First Class Cadet can qualify the holder with various ranks:
* Cadet Lance Corporal
* Cadet Corporal
* Cadet Sergeant
* Cadet Staff Sergeant

Like the Hong Kong Sea Cadet Corps and Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps, HKAC's purpose is to serve the Hong Kong Community for their services. The HKACC symbol is based on two lines facing each other. The Bahunia above the two lines replaced the crown in 1997.

Customs and Courtesies

The HKAC custom is based in the values of the British Army, a tough, challenging, training with a distinctive military tone of discipline and esprit de corps. [ [http://www.hkac.org/mission-e.html Our Vision] ]

The main goals of the HKAC are:

* Challenge to stimulate potentials
* Discipline to cultivate autonomy
* Demand to initiate growth

HKAC members cannot wear uniform when:
*Engaging in a paid employment not associated with HKAC.
*Engaging in political activities.
*Participating in sports events (unless authorised by HKAC).

Cadet must wear the beret/headgear at anytime, except:
*Sitting
*Eating or Drinking
*At work and on board public transport
*In a hangar

Dress Code/Uniform

The HKAC has similar dress uniform with the British Army. They are very strict with standards, every "meeting", there is an "Open-Formation" where officers and instructors check the uniforms.

Uniform

* British Army uniform
** No.3: Warm weather ceremonial uniform (white jacket, black pants) - for cadets
** No.8: Temperate combat dress - camouflage - cadets
* blue berets
* Disruptive Pattern Material 94 shirt Field Dress
* Khaki General Service Dress and Barrack dress

Organisation

* Commandant - Colonel Joseph Pau
* Deputy Commandant - Lieutenant Colonel Mattew Wong
* Chief Staff Officer - Lieutenant Colonel PC Keung
* Corps General Secretary
* Squadron Leader
* Officers
* Training Officers
* Cadets
* Recruits

Some Senior officers are former members of the RHKR.

Ranks

* Colonel - Commandant
* Lieutenant Colonel - Deputy Commandant, Chief Staff Officer, Corps General Secretary
* Major - Squadron Leader
* Captain
* Lieutenant
* 2nd Lieutenant
* Officer Cadet
* Warrant Officer I
* Warrant Officer II
* Staff Sergeant
* Sergeant
* Corporal
* Instructor
* Potential Instructor

* Cadet Staff Sergeant
* Cadet Sergeant
* Cadet Corporal
* Cadet Lance Corporal
* Cadet
* Recruit

Equipment

The Corps uses equipment handed down after the disbanding of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment in 1995:

* Land Rover Wolf
* Colt M16A2 rifle
* Colt M177 "Commando" assault carbine
* FN FAL (L1A1), also named "SLR" (self-loading rifle)A BTR-60 APC is located at the High Island training centre, but it was not handed down by the departing British Army.

Exchange Trips

The HKAC cadets are often visited by fellow army cadet corps from other countries and they in turn visit corps in other countries from time to time.

See also

*Ceremonial Squadron
* Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers)

References

External links

* [http://www.rhkr.org/ RHKR The Volunteers Association]
* [http://www.hkac.org/ HKAC]
* [http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%9A%87%E5%AE%B6%E9%A6%99%E6%B8%AF%E8%BB%8D%E5%9C%98(%E7%BE%A9%E5%8B%87%E8%BB%8D)%E5%B0%91%E5%B9%B4%E9%A0%98%E8%A2%96%E5%9C%98| 皇家香港軍團_(義勇軍) - Chinese Wikipedia]

[zh:香港少年領袖團


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