Members of a Trained Band, forerunners of the Territorial Army
Historically the Lord-Lieutenant was responsible for Local Defence and Law and Order in East Sussex. From the Trained Bands of Tudor England evolving into the Militia, which in turn became the Territorial Army in 1908.
Direct responsibility for the East Sussex Territorial Units ended in 1921. Today the Lord-Lieutenant is a Deputy President of South East Reserve Forces and Cadet Association (SERFCA), and Joint President of the County Committee, the bodies which administers the Reserve Forces and Cadets within East and West Sussex.
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. The links between East Sussex and the Local Authorities is very strong; witness the Freedom and Welcome Home Parades held across East Sussex.
The Lord-Lieutenant’s Annual Awards to Reserve Forces and Cadets
The Lord-Lieutenant holds an Awards Ceremony each autumn, at which he presents Certificates of Meritorious Service and other Awards to Local Reserve and Cadet Units.
In 2012 this included the St John Cadet awards.