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Wellingborough RAF Air Cadets to open their doors to new recruits

Article posted: Jan 22, 2015 by Sqn Ldr Utting

Wellingborough’s 378 (Mannock) Squadron Air Training Corps have announced the date of their next Recruits’ Intake Night. On Wednesday 4 March 2015 the cadets and staff of the unit will be opening their doors to new prospective cadets. The Squadron are looking for new recruits who are currently in school year 8 and those up to 17 years of age. March’s event will see a boost to the membership of this active organisation in the heart of Northamptonshire.
The forthcoming intake night will be an opportunity for the youngsters, along with their parents, to hear about what the Air Cadets is all about. The new recruits will get the chance to meet and ask questions of the Squadron’s Officers and cadets, as well as gaining an insight into all the activities that will be available to them.
The activities open to the Air Cadets at Wellingborough include flying, sports, target shooting, adventure training and leadership. During the Squadron’s training nights, every Monday and Wednesday, the cadets are given the building blocks to learn practical skills and to earn real qualifications. Awards, such as BTECs in Aviation Studies or Public Services, are available to cadets which are the equivalent of up to four GCSEs at grade A-C each.
From rock climbing to canoeing, kayaking to abseiling, cadets can take part in a wide variety of activities under the direct guidance of professional instructors. The newly recruited members will also have the opportunity to learn numerous field-craft skills, from camouflage and concealment to field cooking, as well as basic expeditionary training for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.
Talking about this year’s recruitment drive 378 Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant William Kellock, said: “I’m looking forward to welcoming the latest intake of new cadets to the Squadron in March. We have high standards to maintain as a military youth organisation which is why our ethos is all about self-development and self-discipline as well as having great fun.
“378 Squadron has a long and proud history and having been formed in 1941 it’s not surprising that thousands of young people from the town and surrounding villages were cadets at one time. But we’re also thinking to the future and so to those youngsters that are thinking of joining us this year I would say: come along and become part of an organisation of which you can be very proud.”
Unlike most Air Cadet units 378 (Mannock) Squadron is named after an individual. The Squadron’s namesake is the local World War One Fighter Ace, Major Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock VC. One of the greatest fighter aces of the Great War, Mannock was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross after being killed in action in 1918 and 378 Squadron are rightly proud of their association.
Individuals interested in learning more about what new recruits can expect from the Air Cadets, or seeking further details about the Recruits’ Intake Night, can visit www.378.org.uk or the Squadron’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mannock. The Squadron’s training takes place at their headquarters in Spring Gardens, Wellingborough.
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For more information, or to speak to a member of the Squadron, please contact Flight Lieutenant James Broadhurst, Squadron Media and Communications Officer, on 07826520440 or email: adj.378@aircadets.org