Armed Forces and Cadets
The historical duty of the Lord-Lieutenant to maintain loyalty and order through the local militia is reflected in their close links with the Volunteer Reserve Forces. The Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex is a Vice-President of the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA), regularly attending ceremonies and meetings. She also presents awards every two years at the Sussex Cadet Camp in August.
Each year outstanding reservists and cadets are awarded Lord-Lieutenants’ Meritorious Certificates, and two or three cadets are selected as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets to assist the Lord-Lieutenant on some of her official duties. Presentations are made every autumn at the Lord-Lieutenant’s SERFCA Awards Ceremony.
Armed Forces Day is held every year in late June and is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. Events take place in towns across West Sussex, many of them attended by the Lord-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant.