Last weekend, South and East Midlands Wing held an initial NCO course – a chance for cadets to prove their ability as a potential or advancing NCOs. Cadet Lucy Scott attended the course and represented 2195(Long Eaton) Squadron. The INCO course takes cadets of ranks from cadet to sergeant, assessing their skills in drill, leadership, instructional technique and the standard of uniform. A report is written to be handed to the OC of their squadron. Thankfully all cadets on the course passed.
Beginning at 19:30 at RAF Wittering, the course’s class of 29 were given an initial brief for the weekend, before introducing themselves before the rest of the course. Expectations for the course were discussed and presented before they went to the dorms for the night. An early start of 06:30 and a march up to the airman’s mess for a full breakfast at 07:30 was made, followed by a formal inspection of short sleeve working blues. Swapping between lessons and drill – stopping for lunch at 12:00 – meant the cadets were kept awake and alert via the alternating of drill and indoor lessons. Thankfully nobody fell asleep. Lesson subjects included Drill Theory, Discipline, Dress Regulations, Instructional Technique and Leadership. A drill assessment was carried out, both taking and being a part of a squad. Saturday finished at 20:50 after a debate to find out how the cadets would put across their opinion in such a situation, this gave the course attendees around two hours to sort out their uniform and begin to plan their lesson for Sunday.
Once more with a 06:30 start and march down to breakfast with a formal inspection by Pilot Officer MacPherson, the course participants were then given an hour to prepare for a ten minute lesson. Cadet Scott did hers on The Big Bang Theory and Nuclear Fission. Then there was lunch and a drill session, in which the cadets played snake and other drill games. An examination took place, followed by the course critique and presentations for the INCO and SNCO courses, both of which were taking place at the same time. Finishing at 16:00, the course was overall a success. Everyone passed, nobody fell asleep during the lessons and everybody made friends.
“It’s interesting to see the variety of characters that come on this course. Some are shy, some are smart, and some are full of anxiety yet exude confidence. Yet overall, everyone is capable and I made some new friends and experiences I will always remember as my first INCO course.” – Cadet Lucy Scott.