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One member of Staff from 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets has progressed her Cadet career path further and changed from a Senior Non Commissioned Officer (SNCO) to a volunteer reservist within the Royal Air Force.
Sergeant (ATC) Jade Brock has spent nearly four years as an NCO, gaining varied qualifications such as becoming a Drill Instructor and a DofE Assessor. She started the route to RAF VR(T) in February. After a preboard interview with her Wing Staff Officer, Jade then made her way to RAF Wittering for her Wing Filter in March. After being successful at this stage, she was then able to apply to attend the Officer Aircrew Selection Centre (OASC) at RAF Cranwell late March. The selection event, ran alongside regular applicants for the RAF, and included being assessed in individual and group planning exercises, along with leadership tasks and group discussion events, finally followed by an interview held by two OASC board members.
After a gruelling 8 weeks wait, the results finally arrived and Jade received the news that she was successful. Backdated to 21st April Jade was officially appointed to a commission in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch) in the rank of Pilot Officer.
Officer Cadet Brock said “The whole process has been a nerve racking experience, especially the 8 week wait to hear back from OASC. I enjoyed my time being an SNCO, but being an Officer is something that I have aspired to d I am excited for the challenges ahead”. She went on to add “Now that I have gone through the process I can use my experience to help other potential officers within our Wing being part of the Leadership and Development Centre.”