On the evening of Wednesday 17th June, staff and cadets from 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron, South and East Midlands Wing, teamed up with 1936 (Newton), 2248 (Rutland) and 2418 (Sherwood) Squadrons for the first of two joint drill training sessions in preparation for the South and East Midlands Wing Field Day competition.
Drill is used to form units together, teach discipline and how to react to orders and to help boost pride. It is an essential part of air cadet life and therefore, all of those at the training session were keen to make sure that they were getting it right! Instructed by Warrant Officer (ATC) Gardner, with the support of staff from other units, the cadets were quickly put through their paces in practising some of the key drill movements in the Wing Field Day sequence. With the competition fast approaching and a brand new drill sequence, the training session was vital to help support the cadets in their efforts and to help senior cadets and staff, who teach drill, to pick up on top tips to help be successful on the day.
Cadet Sergeant Luke Shepherd, aged 16, commented, “I found the evening informative as it helped me to understand the correct way to perform key and skilled drill movements.”
Flying Officer Daniel McGlynn RAFVRT
1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron