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More Quality Staff for South & East Midlands Wing

Article posted: Jun 19, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Pass

South & East Midlands Wing have gained eight more Adult Sergeants and have three candidates for Commissioned service ready for their Boards after another successful weekend of training for adults at RAF Cottesmore.

Two courses are held on these training weekends, a Civilian Instructor Induction Course and a Pre Uniform course designed to help those wishing to enter uniformed service either as a VR(T) Officer or an Adult Senior Non Commissioned Officers (SNCO’s).

Fourteen Civilian Instructors attended the Induction Course, a requirement within their first year of appointment.


Sqn Ldr Andy Pass delivering information to a combined session with the Pre Uniform and Civilian Instructor Courses.

From the Pre Uniform Course, eight candidates successfully passed their SNCO boards and now await confirmation of appointment. Two other candidates, being too young, used the opportunity to gain experience. A further three candidates successfully sat “Mock” Commissioning Boards and are now ready to present themselves before Wing Commissioning Boards as part of the Commissioning Process.

Covering introductions to the Air Training Corps and the Royal Air Force, the CI Induction Course seeks to fill knowledge gaps for those with no previous experience either with the corps or wider service. Instructional Techniques are considered an essential part of the course and candidates, in pairs, gave a twenty-minute presentation to the Directing Staff and the other members of the course.

The Pre Uniform Course builds on the knowledge prospective uniformed service candidates should have. As well as providing information, the course also sets out to test the candidates problem solving abilities by presenting them with scenarios of positions they could find themselves in at their squadrons.

The two courses are designed and run with the intention of ensuring the quality of the Wing’s Adult staff is sufficient to meet the high expectation of the Wing.

The excellent training facilities of 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, were used by kind permission of the Officer Commanding.

By Flt Lt Allan Munns RAF VR(T)
Wing Media & Communications Officer