Leading in simple words in guiding ‘leader’ is mobilizes others towards achieving a goal shared by his or her followers. ‘Leadership’ is the art of getting someone else to do something you want. Leadership is not a one day thing as the qualities of a leader cannot be acquired instantly. It is a constant commitment habit and daily practice. In regard, KDU also selects the best officer cadets out of all officer cadets for the cadet government every year. The selection criteria is based on the performances in academic studies, military studies, extra-curricular activities and good conduct. The cadet government is appointed with a view to inspiring officer cadets to shoulder responsibilities to enhance their leadership qualities. Bearing, discipline and power of command are some of the contributing factors necessary to be an effective member of cadet government.
All the activities of the cadet government are conducted according to the standing orders issued by the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. Each and every appointment holder has to be familiar with these orders as well as other regulations of KDU.
The cadet government is a combination of the University Under Officer (UUO), University Cadet Sergeant Major (UCSM), University Cadet Quarter Master Sergeant (UCQMS), Squadron Under Officer (SUO), Cadet Sergeant(C/Sgt), Cadet Corporal (C/Cpl) and Cadet Lance Corporal(C/LCpl)
UUO, SUO, and USSM are responsible for corrective training. They are also responsible for maintaining discipline among senior and junior officer cadets irrespective of gender difference. The appointment holders are responsible for maintaining the duty registers and for supervising the timely attendance of officer cadets for morning PT, Muster and recreations.
The cadet government appointment holders shall ensure that all Officer Cadets are in their respective lecture halls during the evening study period. The cadet government appointment holders can visit the junior’s living areas for official purposes like inspection.