Following yesterday’s graduation, we’ve been finding out a little more about the role of Parade Commander – one of the most important roles on the parade square.
During yesterday’s Modular Initial Officer Training Course, No 5 graduation, Flying Officer Short was the Parade Commander. He was appointed to this duty by the D Squadron Flight Sergeants within the RAF Officer Training Academy, this key role is awarded to the person who demonstrates the best drill, voice projection, behaviour during the course and all round presence on the parade square.
Flying Officer Short previously served in the RAF for 4 years as a TG17 (Personnel Support) clerk, prior to his service with the RAF, Flying Officer Short was an Infanteer within the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment for 7 years.
As well as being Parade Commander, Flying Officer Short was awarded the Sword of Honour. The Sword of Honour is awarded to the cadet who, during Initial Officer Training, has demonstrated outstanding ability, leadership and other officer qualities and potential for further development.
Flying Officer Short said:
“It is a tremendous honour and a proud moment, not only for myself, but also for all of the graduating officers of MIOTC 5. Hard work, determination, a positive attitude all result in you graduating from MIOT – with amazing opportunities opening up ahead of you”.
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