Tuesday 4th February 2014 saw cadets and members of staff of 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron (Sqn) Air Training Corps (ATC) welcome local youngsters and their parents into the Squadron Headquarters for one of their annual recruitment information evenings, which saw more than 15 prospective new cadets take part in initiative exercises with some of the training flights non commissioned officers (NCOs) and be given a welcome briefing at the beginning of the evening which introduced them to the Air Cadet Organisation.
The evening started promptly at 7.30pm where Flight Lieutenant Rob Moore, Squadron Operations Officer introduced prospective cadets and their families to the Unit which begun the formal part of the evening, a powerpoint presentation introducing our visitors to the Air Cadet Organisation as a whole and more specifically, to give information about what the Air Cadets in Swadlincote get up to throughout the year.
Civilian Instructor (CI) Dan Collins then went on to address the crowd to talk about the structure of the training programme when new cadets first join the unit and the sort of topics and new skills they will both learn and develop within the first 12 weeks of being an air cadet, such as learning how to march and learning about the history of the Royal Air Force and Air Training Corps. Sergeant (Sgt ATC) Robert Charlesworth then went on to introduce the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme that the cadets of Swadlincote take part in. Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) Brad Tallet (18) then went on to talk about his experiences to date within the air cadet organisation, specifically about his time in Singapore as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange Scheme alongside Cadet Sergeant Caitlin Foy (16) talking about the Squadron Band who have had the opportunity to lead several parades through Swadlincote including Remembrance Sunday and more recently ATC Sunday.
Local youngsters of Swadlincote and the surrounding areas aged between 13 – 15 are to be reminded that our recruitment window remains open until the end of February 2014, so anyone wishing to join the Air Cadets based in Swadlincote should visit the Squadron Headquarters based on Eureka Park on a Tuesday or Thursday evening between 7pm and 9.30pm or get in touch with us via telephone or email.
CI C Tildesley