Four girls from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron have shown that when it comes to leadership, they are streets ahead of their male colleagues.
Last weekend, 126 Squadron held its annual NCO Cadre course. On the course, which is accredited by the BTEC authority, 20 cadets were taught the varying skills required to become a good cadet NCO and an excellent leader. The cadets were taught lesson techniques, leadership techniques and drill theory. They were put through their paces in some demanding motivation exercises and practical drill instruction.
The NCO Cadre course is run by WO Chris Ince and Fg Off Jackie Glover. Fg Off Glover said, “over the years we have built up a varied program for our leadership course. As well as the traditional lesson techniques and SMEAC briefings, we challenge the cadets by including syndicate debates and a discussion on some real examples of leadership in action.”
This year, the NCO course was won by Cadet Esmee Marsh. Cadet Marsh was made a Corporal on winning the course. Hot on the heels of Cpl Marsh, competing fiercely for the top spot, were 3 other girls. Cpl Marsh said, “The competition for first place was really tough this year. The points were very close right up to the last assessment. It was great that the girls came out at the top of the leader board. On the day we were more switched on and smarter than the boys.”
All is not lost for the male cadets on the course. 17 out of 20 cadets passed the course and will now wait for Corporal vacancies on the squadron, to be able to put the skills they learned on the course into practice.