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Derby Air Cadets Meet the Marines

Article posted: May 22, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

Cadets from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron, Air Training Corps have had the opportunity to meet and train with the Royal Marine Commandos twice in the last two weeks.

On Saturday 16th May, six cadets spent a day near Sutton in Ashfield on a specially organised training event for air cadets interested in joining the Royal Marine Commandos as a career. The cadets completed an assault course and climbing wall. The highlight of the day was the chance to experience a trip on one of the Royal Marine speed boats.

Flight Sergeant Adam Fraczek (17), was on of the lucky cadets to spend the day with the Marines. He said, “Meeting the Marines was amazing. The trip round the lake in the speed boat was fast and exciting and the best thing I have done as an air cadet.” F/Sgt Fraczek is considering a career in the Royal Marines. The event gave him a real opportunity to understand about the Service and ask lots of questions about life as a Royal Marine Commando.

The event in Sutton was only open to six cadets. Squadron Leader Ian Marshall, Officer Commanding 126 Squadron, decided that he would like to give all of the cadets in Derby the chance to meet the Marines. So, last night 75 cadets from Derby squadron arrived at their unit with great anticipation to spend an evening with the Marines recruitment team.

The Cadets were put through their paces with circuit training and unarmed combat training. This was followed by a presentation on careers in the Royal Marines. The recruitment team were on hand after the presentation to answer questions about their own careers and experiences.

Squadron Leader Marshall said at the end of the evening, “The cadets have thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the Marines. They put lots of effort into the circuit training and got a lot out of the presentations. I am sure we will be inviting the Marines back to Derby in the future.”