Two cadets from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron have been allocated places in the Armed Forces and will start their training on the same day in May.
Flight Sergeant Ryan Kiddie has fought off stiff competition to gain a place at RAF College Cranwell. He will qualify to become a commissioned Officer and Pilot in the Royal Air Force. Flight Sergeant Adam Fraczek has passed rigorous entrance exams and physical fitness tests to achieve a place in the Royal Marine Commandos.
Flt Sgt Kiddie has been a cadet at the Derby squadron for 5 years. Throughout his ATC career, his goal has always been to gain qualifications that would help him to achieve his ambition to become a pilot in the RAF. Flt Sgt Kiddie has had an exemplary ATC career. He has competed at Wing and Regional level for football, athletics and cross country. He has been a member of the squadron Corps of Drums and has competed in the ATC Band competition at national level. Most recently, Flt Sgt Kiddie was awarded a Navigation Scholarship.
Flt Sgt Kiddie will go through his initial officer training at RAF Cranwell. He will then undertake elementary flying training before specialising in fast jets, multi engine aircraft or helicopters.
On the same day in May, 250 miles away from RAF Cranwell, Flt Sgt Adam Fraczek will start his career with the Royal Marine Commandos. Adam has also been with the Derby squadron for 5 years and has been friends with Kiddie throughout their time on the unit. Adam has put many hours of commitment into the ATC. This year alone, he has completed a gliding scholarship, gaining his Gold Wings and has supported civic functions as the Mayor’s Cadet for Derby.
Flt Sgt Fraczek has already passed the Royal Marines entrance interview and gruelling physical tests. He will join the Marines as an Other Ranks soldier and one day hopes to specialise as a Physical Training Instructor or Mountain Leader.
Flying Officer Jackie Barker, Training Officer at 126 Squadron said, “We are immensely proud that two of our cadets will leave us in May to join the Armed Forces. I am sure that both of them will have excellent careers. I am also sure that they will keep in contact with each other as they go through their basic training. They are an inspiration to our younger cadets.”