I have been a cadet for nearly five years now. I've been interested in aviation since I could say the word 'aeroplane'. I was never really sure how to go about pursuing my future career until a volunteer from my local squadron did an assembly at my school. Since joining I have never looked back. Along with wanting to fly, I also wanted some sort of variety in my life – and it’s certainly given me that!
I've been on four annual camps, as well as the national Drill and Ceremonial Camps in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2015 I was honoured to be one of the escorts to the Corps Banner on the final parade; in 2016 I was the best male and best overall cadet in my flight; and in 2017 I was chosen to be a Flight Commander on parade.
I really enjoy the ceremonial side of things, and I've been to the St.Georges Day parade, the Chelsea Drumhead Service, Lord Mayor's Show, and events with the Fishmongers Livery Company to name a few.
I’ve also found plenty of opportunities to go flying - I've done 2.5 hrs worth of Air Experience Flights, and have also completed Qualified Aerospace Instructor Cadets Course and Air Cadet Pilot Scholarship.
There is no way I can pinpoint a single best moment but one that is definitely up there would be my IACE trip to Canada. It was amazing meeting different air cadets from around the world and getting the chance to experience a portion of Canada first hand.
Probably my most proud highlight would be leading my team to win the Inness Sword. Inness Sword is a wing level competition with aspects of drill, orienteering, archery, observation, shooting, stretcher run, obstacle course, first aid and a leadership exercise.
Aside from the activities I get up to, I have met so many different people from Northern Ireland and Scotland right down to the Isle of Wight and not to mention the cadets that I met on IACE. Some of the people I met, I still speak to today. The RAF Air Cadets has also allowed me to mature and grow within myself to a level where I can give a speech to a room filled with 3 star officers, the idea of which would have made me chuckle three years ago.