The first ever intake of Air Cadets in Guernsey have successfully completed their basic training and have ‘passed out’ as members of the Air Training Corps, the very first in Guernsey.
In a busy few weeks since April, a total of eleven cadets have together undertaken basic instruction including in flying subjects and the Royal Air Force. The young people have been mastering the basics of drill and marching plus learning the upkeep of their uniform supplied by the RAF. The unit has also visited the Channel Island Air Search to see how the flying operation functions and this was a particular highlight for some.
Throughout the course the young people have been learning to work together as a team as they have progressed and improved. Best cadet on the first intake, cadet Natalie Scholey (13) thought that the training had been very useful and interesting and said that “Joining the Air Cadets was the best thing I had ever done as it helped me become more confident and is lots of fun too”. Most improved cadet Scott Edwards (14) said “I was surprised to receive the award but have enjoyed developing new skills and meeting new friends”. With the basic training complete the cadets will start to take part in more varied and advanced training including activities such as First Aid and initial expedition training in preparation for the cadets first expedition as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
With the cadets now enrolled the unit aims to take an active part in important occasions and ceremonial parades including the upcoming Battle of Britain Parade on September 16th although this will be the first without a significant RAF presence. The unit will also be offering support at the Air Display on the 13th September where staff will be on hand to answer questions from anyone wishing to get involved. In particular young people aged 13 or over by the end of October and interested in finding out more should seek out the cadets on the seafront or otherwise contact the unit for details on how to sign up for the next October intake.
The unit’s Training Officer, Civilian Instructor John Atkins, who has also been involved in the start-up group for less than a year has co-ordinated the training programme which has been designed to be progressive, stimulating and interesting whilst simultaneously developing the young people’s skills and confidence; he added “The cadets have done amazingly well given that this has been the first ever intake, they are looking really smart. We are hoping to repeat the success and refine it where we can to improve on the Guernsey air cadet experience.”
Potential cadets can start the sign up process or find out more by visiting www.aircadets.org.gg or by emailing ‘firstname.lastname@example.org.