Last week cadets and staff were able to congratulate Cadet Sargent (Sgt) Chloe Sartain-Berry (17) in being presented her yellow instructor cadet lanyard on Tuesdays parade night, by Squadron Commander Flight Liuetenant (Flt Lt) Alynn Thompson.
Being awarded a yellow lanyard signifies a cadet becoming an instructor cadet so therefore, is considered a big deal. This is because it represents a cadet having successfully completed
all of their academic training and are now qualified to pass on their new skills and knowledge to younger cadets on the unit as they become a qualified instructor. Sgt Sartain Berry is very
instrumental within the Cadet Training Flight where she guides our new cadets through their first class training programme through teaching them the basics of what is required of them as an air cadet, this entails teaching drill (marching), introducing them to the rank structure of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Air Training Corps (ATC) amongst many other basic subject areas. Now
Sgt Sartain-Berry has successfully completed her academic training on the unit, she will now be awarded a BTEC First Diploma in Aviation Studies which is equivalent to 2 GCSE Grades A*- C.
Shortly after being presented with her Lanyard Sgt Sartain-Berry said: “It feels great to have achieved one of my ambitions within the ATC, I’ve always wanted to teach younger cadets knowledge I have gained over the four years I have been a part of the unit.”
There are four main stages within the academic training that the air cadets of Swadlincote take part in. These include First Class, Leading, Senior and Master Air Cadet. Each level is broken down into two parts, one of them being a short, multiple choice exam on
the computer and the second part being 25 hours of project work taken part in on Squadron parade evenings. The unit currently runs several different skills projects the cadets, like Sgt Sartain
Berry can take part in, these currently include: Criminology, Aircraft recognition, Aircraft modelling and sports. Sgt Sartain Berry also accompanies our new cadets to our local swimming
baths too take part in their basic swimming tests in order for each cadet to pass their first class training programme and be issued with a certificate.