The Inauguration Ceremony of the junior Cadetting and the Parade was held at NCC Training Centre, Rantambe on 25 September 2016. State Minister Of Defence Hon Ruwan Wijewardene graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and took the salute of the parade. Director NCC, Major General AKP Wickramesinghe USP received the Chief Guest and led to the Parade. The parade was commanded by CO 21 NCC Lt Col. SAS Samarakoon.
During the Ceremony the Trophy for Junior Cadets (Boys) and the Trophy for Junior Cadets (Girls) handed over by the State Minister of Defence Hon Ruwan Wijewardene to the National Cadet Corps. Additional Secretary to the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. KAS Keeragala Additional Secretary to the State Ministry of Defence Mr. WA Kulasooriya, Higher Authorities from the Ministry of Education, Senior Officers of the HQ NCC, Provincial Deputy Directors and CO’s of the 38 Battalions took part in the event. Junior Cadetting had been stopped during 1981 and restarted in late July 2016 after 35 years.
Junior Cadeting restarted as a Pilot Project selecting Trincomalee and Monaragala districts
and Cadets 200 each from Trincomalee and Monaragala districts participated a four day Assessment Camp conducted at Rantembe Training Centre from 23 September 2016 to 26 September 2016. The Passing Out Parade of the Camp was held amalgamated with the Inauguration Ceremony.