I have been in the RAF Air Cadets for three years and they have been very rewarding. I joined the RAF Air Cadets as I always want to try new things, and the cadets has shown me so much I would not have experienced anywhere else.
I like to take every opportunity possible and in the RAF Air Cadets I have been given many. I have done a wide range of courses and camps within cadets such as being able to complete my Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
I have also been able to show my first aid skills by achieving the St John’s Ambulance Youth First Aid Award, and intend to work towards the Activity First Aid qualification.
One of the best bits has been working on my marksmanship skills – and achieving a Wing, Regional and Corps marksman on both the No.8 and L98 cadet GP rifles. I have been able to advance and compete in both CISSAM and ISCRM where this year at ISCRM I gained a Cadet 100 on the L81.
During my time at cadets I have also been promoted to the rank of corporal which has definitely boosted my confidence in my own leadership. Earlier this year I was given the chance to prove myself in the prestigious ACLC (Air Cadet Leadership Course) where we earned the leadership gold wings. This course has shown me how to handle a variety of challenging situations and made me more confident in the theory and practical application of leadership skills. I hope to pass on this knowledge and experience to the next generation of cadets.
On top of all of this I’ve done countless camps and activities with my squadron. There have been so many highlights, all of the shooting has been one of my favourite bits. I also thank the RAF Air Cadets for giving me the opportunity to do my DofE as I know that if I hadn’t joined, I would never have hiked up some of the peaks in the Lake District to then take in the breathtaking views. Although there are lots of bits which have been mentally and physically challenging, the team morale is incredible, and really keeps you going.
Being an air cadet has definitely had a huge and lasting impact on me. I have made everlasting friendships and strong bonds with many cadets from all over the UK, my confidence has boosted higher than ever due to all the support and opportunities to use my skills. I strongly believe that the air cadets have a very supporting environment especially in my squadron - we all treat each other like a family. I could have never asked for such a supportive, exhilarating and amazing experience from anywhere else except the air cadets.