Hong Kong Adventure Corps
The Hong Kong Adventure Corps is a voluntary uniformed group subsidised by the Hong Kong government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. It was created in 1995 with ties to the British Army's Army Cadet Force and Combined Cadet Force. Like the Hong Kong Sea Cadet Corps and Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps, the HKAC exists to serve the Hong Kong community. The HKAC's values are based in those of the British Army, providing a tough and challenging training with a distinctive military tone of discipline and esprit de corps.
|Hong Kong Adventure Corps|
|Active||1995 – Present|
|Type||Volunteer Youth Organisation|
|Role||JLW – Cadet Training|
Adventure Training Team – Adventurous Training to Unit(s) and Organization(s)
|Size||1 wing (12 sabre squadrons, 1 training squadron) and one independent squadron|
|Headquarters||High Island Training Camp, Sai Kung Man Yee Road, High Island Reservoir, Sai Kung, Hong Kong|
|Motto(s)||Nulli Secundus in Oriente (Second to None in the Orient)|
|Colours||Red, Yellow, Blue|
|March||Quick – Leather Bottel|
|Commandant||Colonel Matthew WONG, ED|
|Chairman of the Council||Mr Norman Yeung|
|Patrons||Anson Chan(Cessation of Patronage in July 2015), Tsang Yam Pui(Cessation of Patronage in July 2015)|
Founded in 4 September, the HKAC succeeded the Royal Hong Kong Regiment's Junior Leader Corps (J Corps) in 1995 after the disbandment of the RHKR(V) and its J Corps in the same year. The RHKR(V) J Corps was created in 1971 by then colonial government and had the same mission as the current HKAC. The J Corps had a maximum strength of 300 members and was divided into two units: J1 Squadron and J2 Squadron. Unlike the HKAC, which trains both boys and girls, the RHKR J Corps accepted boys only.
"The Ninety Nine" and "The Nine"
The Hong Kong Volunteers in 1854 had its first establishment of 99 Europeans to defence Hong Kong, while the HKAC has its owned cadets of 9 in the first intake of recruits in 1995. This become the Corps' tradition to toast for the Ninety Nine and the Nine after the toast to HM and the people in its Foundation Day Dinner.
The HKAC is an army-orientated and disciplined youth organisation that aims to promote qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community, as well as developing its cadets' leadership and social awareness. The Corps is now an Operating Authority of the Hong Kong Award for Young People (Duke of Edinburgh Award in Hong Kong) (DEA).
The Corps Headquarters is in High Island, Sai Kung, and was given to the Corps by the Hong Kong Government. The facility was formerly a British army camp. Another training camp, also located in High Island, was formerly a correctional facility and detention centre for Vietnamese refugees.
Among its members, the HKAC aims to provide:
- Challenges to stimulate potential
- Discipline to cultivate autonomy
- Demand to initiate growth
Training activities at the camp include:
- General/Basic training
- Drill & Parade
- Fitness & Adventure training
- Indoor Air Rifles Shooting Programme
Field Training activities like tactics, night walk and camp craft are always conducted in the countryside nearby. Chong Hing (High Island) and Tai Mei Tuk (Tai Po) Water Sports Centre are often used by sabre unit for water sports activities.
Unit training also proceeded in those schools with an affiliation to the Corps.
In the period from 1995 to 2009, former British Forces Camp, the Burma Lines Camp (Queen's Hill, Faniling) were used for training also.
- Chairman of Council and Honorary Commandant – Mr Enoch Lam
- Commandant – Colonel Matthew Wong ED
- Deputy Commandant –
- Chief staff Officer – Lieutenant Colonel PC Keung MBE ED
- Adjutant – Captain - David Mak
- Corps Liaison Officer – Captain Charlie Lee
- Corps Sergeant Major – WO1 Alex Wong
- Senior Warrant Officer – WO1 Kenny Ho
- Cadet Sergeant Major – CWO2 Jake Wong
Junior Leader Wing
- OC A Squadron – Major WY Lam
- OC B Squadron – Major CK Kwong
- OC C Squadron – Major CK Chung
- OC D Squadron – Major YH Ng
- OC E Squadron – Major Kent Cheuk
- OC F Squadron – Major KH Chan PMSM
- OC H Squadron – Major Patrick Chan
- OC S Squadron – Major KK Chung
- OC Trg Squadron – Major KM Cheng
- OC SL Squadron – Major TC Mak
- OC MKP Squadron – Captain PY Cheng
- OC HD Squadron – Captain SM Leung
|Rank||Colonel||Lieutenant Colonel||Major||Captain||Lieutenant||Second Lieutenant||Officer Cadet|
Other Ranks (Adult members)
|Type||Instructors and WOs|
|Rank||Warrant Officer Class 1||Warrant Officer Class 2||Staff Sergeant||Sergeant||Corporal||Instructor/ Potential Instructor|
Other Ranks (Cadets)
|Type||Cadet SNCOs and JNCOs/Recruit|
|Rank||Cadet Warrant Officer Class 2||Cadet Staff Sergeant||Cadet Sergeant||Cadet Corporal||Cadet Lance Corporal||Recruit/ Cadet/ Senior Cadet|
|Abbv||CWO2||C/SSgt||C/Sgt||C/Cpl||C/LCpl||Rect/ Cdt/ Cdt|
The age range for joining the HKAC is between 11 and 21, and new members are given the rank of Recruit. Recruits who attain sufficient training are qualified to the rank of Cadet after Passing Out Parade. Cadets may be promoted to the following ranks:
- Cadet Lance Corporal
- Cadet Corporal
- Cadet Sergeant
- Cadet Staff Sergeant
- Cadet Warrant Officer Class Two
- Junior Dragon Squadron (JDS) were established on 2014 which recruits children aged 9 or above, training strength were lowered for them. When the members of JDS reached 11, they can become recruit and received further training from sabre unit.
Besides the rank system, the Corps also has a skill qualification system that recognizes the skills of its members, and awards badges regardless of rank. These badges can be worn on a brassard while in uniform. The available badges are:
- First Aider Badge (Badge holder must be the 'trained person' stated in the HK Laws Cap. 509 Occupational and Safety Ordinance)
- Guard of Honour Badge
- Marksman Badge (Air rifles)
- Marksman Badge (Full-bore)
- Bandsman Badge
The HKAC dress uniform is similar to the British Army dress uniform. Inheriting the tradition from its parent regiment, the Royal Hong Kong Regiment, there are some slight differences between uniforms worn by the Army and Corps members.
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:
- Eating or Drinking
- At work and on board public transport
- In a hangar
By tradition, cadet members wear dark blue berets as their headgear, while adult members wear No.1 Cap when this dress is worn. Scarlet Red Sash is worn by all Senior Non-commissioned Officers (Sergeant or above). WO1s and Officers will wear Sam Browne belt and carry infantry pattern (1897)sword if necessary; the Corps Sergeant Major and Senior Warrant Officer will also carry a regulation pattern Pace Stick as part of uniform. Other ranks will not carry bayonet frogs and will not mount bayonets onto their arms.
Some Non-commissioned officers will choose to wear Ammo Boots while Officers will wear Oxford-style parade shoes.
Band issues their own kilt with tartan to the Pipeband members. Drum Major carry mace on parade.
Warm Weather Service Dress (Officers only)Edit
Since the Corps was a sub-unit of Royal Hong Kong Regiment, DPM is adopted as field dress by the Corps. Dark blue berets with red flash (for cadet members) and green flash (for adult members) are worn as headdress. Jungle hats can be worn in field with authorisations from the unit commander.
Adult members who had military force service experiences might own sets of No.9 uniform, issued by both RHKR(V) and HKMSC. Others may buy DPM field dress themselves. Cadet members wear a pair of Olive Green lightweight trousers instead of DPM lightweight trousers. Combat Soldier 95 (CS95) shirts were restricted by the Corps as the system adopt rank slides instead of epaulettes. However, some members modified the shirts, putting epaulettes tapes onto the uniform to meet the standard of the Corps. Also, olive-green brassards used by Regular Army in early-80's are adopted by the Corps, instead of rank patches used in late-80's and early-90's.
Mess Dress is only available for adult members. Female members wear black mess jackets and black evening dresses, which is specially designed, unlike the "cavalry style" jacket adopted by the Regular Army.
General Service (GS)/Barrack DressEdit
Khaki long-sleeved shirt is worn by all members when they are in GS/ Barrack Dress. In summer time, sleeves are rolled up above elbow level. In winter time, olive-green pullovers or Combat Smock jackets can be worn, based on the orders from the commanders.
For GS Dress, olive green lightweight trousers are worn with high-leg boots. For Barrack dress, bottle-green barrack trousers (for male members) and skirt (for female members) are worn with Oxford-style parade shoes or ankle boots.
Stable belts or olive green working belts can be worn, based on the orders from the commanders. Cadet members are unauthorised to wear Barrack dress.
The Corps adopted the Service Dress in FAD (Future Army Dress of British Army) style to the adult members in both officer and other ranks in early 2012 and is now replacing the olive green barrack trousers.
The Corps uses equipment handed down after the disbanding of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment in 1995:
- Deactivated L1A1 SLR
- PLCE Webbing System
The Corps has 11 vehicles in service, with most of them donated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The Home Affairs Bureau has also provided subsidies to replace two rubber boats used for water activities.
Types of vehicles:
- Light Tender
- 24 seater Coach
- Rubber boat
The Hong Kong Adventure Corps issues its own awards to its members that are not a part of the government issued orders, decorations, and medals of Hong Kong. The medals and clasps are modelled after those awarded by the British Army, and a lanyard with the Corps' colours are awarded to members receiving the following commandant commendations:
- Hong Kong Cadet Forces Medal for Distinguished Service
- Hong Kong Cadet Forces Medal for Meritorious Service
- First Clasp to the Hong Kong Cadet Forces Medal
- Hong Kong Cadet Forces Medal (for 10 Year Long Service)
- Hong Kong Adventure Corps Commandant Commendation
To encourage members who served the Corps, the Corps provides scholarships to members who received years of training upon being admitted to local universities as full-time students.
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.
Every year, from March to May, the Corps inducts teenagers aged between 11 and 21 (inclusive). Selections are conducted before the start of recruit training. The annual Passing Out Parade is held in the following year's April for recruits who pass the Recruit Basic Training Course.
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|Hong Kong Sea Cadet Corps||naval||Hong Kong|
|Sea Cadet Corps (United Kingdom)||naval||United Kingdom|
|Army Cadet Force||army||United Kingdom|
|Royal Canadian Sea Cadets||naval||Canada|
|Royal Canadian Air Cadets||aviation||Canada|
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