From the 26th to the 28th of April, two Cadet Corporals from 1936 (Newton) Squadron took part in the RAF WARMA 2 Day March at DCAE Cosford. Cpl Connor Levers and Cpl Evangelina Ellison were taking part in the event as part of the South and East Midlands Wing Road Marching Team. The aim of the event was to walk 25 miles on both the Saturday and Sunday of the event, this would then end with the completing teams marching onto the drill square and receiving their well earnt medals. Completing the RAF WARMA March would mean that the individual has qualified to take part in the Nijmegen marches later on in the year.
The event started on the Friday with all the team members being picked up from either of two pick up points. Once everyone was picked up, the coach left for DCAE Cosford, moral and spirits were high as was excited for the gruelling challenging of marching 50 miles in full DPMs and carrying water and food. The challenge was even harder for the staff who had to carry 10 kg of dead weight.
Once the coach had arrived at Cosford, bags were taken off the bus and placed at the side of the road until told where the team would be sleeping. After a short wait, the team was directed: boys would be sleeping the big, white tent with 300 other cadets, while girls had the heated accommodation on the other side of the base.
After a quick unpack and sleeping area established, the teams were presented with their team T-shirts and wing brassards. Both consisted of the South and East Midlands Crest and Union Flag. After a briefing, the whole team was lead to the WARMA Club for a bit of socialising. In the Club there was: a couple of pool tables, seats and tables, a small shop for t-shirts and ribbon bars and finally a lot of energetic people ready for the 25 mile march the next day. After a bit of socialising, the teams went back to their accommodation and made final preparations for the next day.
The team was lucky enough to have a ‘lie in’ on the first day, only having to be out of bed by 5:30am. Once the team was dressed, everyone set off for the Junior Rank’s Mess for breakfast. Afterwards the team was marched off to the drill square for the start of day 1.
The first day was full of energetic teams: singing, marching and smiling all the way round. At around 5:00pm, South and East Midlands Wing had finished day 1 and went back to the accommodation to prepare for the next day’s 25 miles. Once showered and prepared, the team was left to do whatever they liked. In my case it was to go down to the station’s SPAR shop and then back to the WARMA Club for some more socialising.
The second day was much like the first day, but we were up a lot earlier, 4:50am to be exact and sunnier weather. All of the team members were determined to finally finish RAF WARMA once and for all. The day was full of fun, laughter and on the final leg: a lot of marching songs. The day finally ended with the team marching onto the drill square, band playing and doing a march past of the Regional Commandant. Once the final parade was over, every member of team was presented with their well earnt medal and a Haribo sweet.
By Cpl Connor Levers
Media Team Leader
1936 (Newton) Squadron