During the weekend of Friday 27th March – Sunday 29th March at RAF Wittering saw the Cadet NCO Drill Instruction course completed by 15 cadets from around the Wing. This included four Cadets from 2195 Long Eaton Squadron: Flight Sergeant Damien Simpson, Sergeant Nicole Walker, and Corporals James Bland and Craig Harrison.
The cadets arrived on Friday evening and were met by some scary looking Drill Instructors eager to do drill. After Introductions completed it was straight in to a personal drill assessment.
Saturday was kicked off with a uniform inspection, followed by intriguing theory lessons surrounding the depths of drill and AP818. Throughout the weekend within the lessons new drill movements and team work exercises were put in place to break lessons up but especially to let the Drill Instructors show their softer side and more fun side .Then the all in important drill mutual revision and practice, ready for Sundays test.
Sunday 29th arrived, assessment day! With all cadets having nervous and worried faces, a full inspection by Flight Lieutenant Hudson was to start the day. All cadets passed with high standards with only the little fluff of jumpers being noticed. And then the all-important Drill mutual lesson exam. This is where the directing staff get to see what type of instructor the Cadets are and how they deal with the pressures of delivering a structured lesson and making sure that each student grasps the correct way of a certain movement.
Finally it was time for the course de-brief and closure with certificate presentations. All 15 Cadets that attended the course proved to the Drill instructors they have the ability to teach a lesson, to do it in the correct manner and that they can set high standard uniform for cadets and future cadets to look up to.
The Drill course brought all the cadets together to become one team which reflects the meaning of drill in a squad or flight. Drill shows your ability but also the teams and squadrons ability of drill It especially shows that they can work as one, as one individual working to execute precision drill in a smart and uniformed manner. Flight Sergeant Damien Simpson said “The Cadet NCO Drill Course has enlightened me how adult drill instructors teach. I think it is good that they are passing on this information for Cadet NCO’s to take back to our squadrons and teach cadets to improve the drill on our squadron and in our wing”
Cadet Corporal Bland