Kent Links to the Armed Services
Members of a Trained Band, forerunners of the Territorial Army
Lieutenancy Links with the Armed Services
Historically the Lord-Lieutenant was responsible for Local Defence and Law and Order in Kent. From the Trained Bands of Tudor England evolving into the Militia, which in turn became the Territorial Army in 1908. Direct responsibility for the Kent Territorial Units ended in 1921. Today the Lord-Lieutenant is a Deputy President of South East Reserve Forces and Cadet Association (SE RFCA), and President of the County Committee the bodies, which administers the Reserve Forces and Cadets within Kent.
Commitment to Support the Armed Services
The Lieutenancy strongly supports the Regular and Reserve Forces of the Crown and encourages all Local Authorities to honour the Community Covenant. Thanks to the initiative of Allan Willett CMG CVO, links between Kent and the Local Authorities has been very much strengthened; witness the Freedom and Welcome Home Parades held across Kent.
The Lord-Lieutenants Annual Awards to Reserve Forces and Cadets
The Lord-Lieutenant holds an Awards Ceremony each autumn at which Certificates of Meritorious Service and other Awards to Local Reserve and Cadet Units are presented.
In 2012 this included the St John Cadet awards and a new award The Spitfire Award, sponsored by Shepherd Neame, honouring the top two Kent Reservists.