Flight Sergeants (FS) Louis Mansfield (18), Brad Tallett (18) and Stuart Bagley (17) from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron (ATC) Air Training Corps (ATC) have recently attended the South and East Midlands area Basic Course at a local Squadron Headquarters based in Leicester.
The Basic course stands for the Basic Adult Instructor Course and is aimed at those cadets who are approaching the age of 18 and new Civilian members of staff who wish to continue their careers within the Air Cadet Organisation.
The course covers an overall summary of the history of the ATC and the Royal Air Force (RAF), the conditions of service for a Cadet Instructor and new adult members of staff, Health and Safety, Risk Assessments, Adult Staff Responsibilities with regards to their Duty of Care towards cadets and Child Welfare, Harassment, Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Administration Responsibilities, Financial Issues and finally FS Bagleys favourite – Drill and Discipline.
Upon completion of this course, a CRB check and successfully filling in an extension of service application form, our Flight Sergeants were all presented with a certificate and are now able too continue with their Cadet Careers, through both developing themselves as individuals through Flying Scholarships, Leadership Courses and Sports and also through taking up instrumental roles as instructors on the Squadron where they pass on their skills and knowledge to younger cadets on the Squadron, sometimes in a Lecture format, right up until their 20th Birthdays. At which point, they can decide whether or not they would like too stay with the Squadron as an Adult member of staff.
When asked for feedback on this BASIC course, FS Louis Mansfield says: “ The course was very useful and made me realise being a staff cadet brings a lot of responsibilities” FS Mansfields next challenge is to complete the hardest course the Air Cadet Organisation has to offer, the prestigious Junior Leaders Course.
FS Tallet is one of the top cadets at Swadlincote Squadron who has recently visited Singapore through the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) scheme, successfully completed a Gliding Scholarship and his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, so when asked what his aims were for his final 2 years as a Cadet he replied: “I would like to achieve the highest rank possible as a Cadet by applying to become a Cadet Warrant Officer, attend a parachuting course and a second Overseas camp to Cyprus or Gibraltar and finally work towards a “Communicator badge” which will involve learning more about setting up a radio base station at our Squadron HQ to communicate with cadets from local squadrons and memorizing the phonetic alphabet.”