SJAM Cadets constitute almost seventy-five percent of SJAM total membership. A SJAM Cadet Division is normally the entry point for most members although there are St. John Junior
divisions for younger children. A majority of the SJAM members start their voluntary service in secondary school when they enrol in the Cadet Divisions attached to their school. Boys between
the ages of eleven and eighteen years are enrolled as Ambulance Cadets while girls join as Nursing Cadets.
The St. John Ambulance Cadet programme is specially designed for youths. The objective is to instil leadership and develop interpersonal skills as well as to complement the school curriculum. During the weekly meetings, Cadets are instructed in foot drill, first aid and nursing skills. Beside weekly meetings, Cadets also participate in Cadet Camps, First Aid and Nursing Competitions, proficiency skills training, motivation camps and
leadership training. The Cadet Camp has been a tradition of the St. John Ambulance since its establishment and includes multiple skills training like cooking, flag signalling, hiking, trekking, expedition and social games. Senior Cadets are encouraged to perform public duties under the supervision of adult members and officers to gain experience.
Cadet Proficiency Scheme
The purpose of the Cadet Proficiency Scheme is to encourage
young people to take an interest in subjects outside their normal curricula and widen their horizon by carrying out these studies in their leisure time. In the early years the Scheme had slightly different subject groups. Subjects such as Cycling, Camping and Tracking were either removed or merged into other subjects. The twenty six subjects under the current Cadet Proficiency Scheme
are grouped into five groups according to the nature of the activities. The “Knowledge of the Order” is a compulsory subject for all cadets. Cadets must choose at least one and not more than three from each group. Each subject would be taught either by St. John Ambulance officers or external instructors from the relevant authorities.
On obtaining the Proficiency Certificates, cadets are entitled to wear Proficiency Badges on their uniform. Cadets who successfully complete and qualify for twelve subjects before
the age of twenty one are awarded the Grand Prior’s Award
from the Order Secretariat in London. The Grand Prior’s Badge
will be worn by adult members throughout their service in
St. John Ambulance. Cadets who obtained the Grand Prior Badges are known as Grand Prior Cadets.