Cadets train to lead


During Summer of 2009  2 Cadets where chosen from the Sqn to attended week long leadership courses at RAF Cranwell and the Cadet Training Centre Frimley Park.

Both passed and Cpl Kiran Bablas report is is below:

“The Air Cadet Leadership Course is held at RAF Cranwell to teach and test leadership courses throughout the Air Cadets and Combined Cadet Force. I was the only cadet from 241 Squadron and London Wing attending the leadership course this week, It was a fun filled intense week run by regular Officers from the Royal Air Force, Officers from the RAF VR(T) and Combined Cadet Force. The week started with the usual briefings and introductions of flight commanders and the cadets which were to be in each the flights. During the week we were split into four Flights (A, B, C and D) in which we would compete throughout the week to be the best Flight.

It was an early start on the first day in which we run a mile and half for a physical training session afterwards breakfast to get ready for a 20km walk known as Exercise Singleton. The next day was another physical training session early in the morning consisting of inter Flight races. After breakfast into phase one of the command tasks. Each of the command tasks was each 12 minutes long and afterwards we would sit down as a Flight and debrief on the task.

Day two was an early start with drill, we had to practise for the graduation parade. Afterwards a demonstration from the staff on how to build a tripod and cross a river. Which would lead onto phase two command task was up to 20 minutes long and became harder in difficulty and complexity. At this point there was a mid course debrief in which you were told how your progress was getting along by your Flight Commanders.

The fourth morning was a bus trip and then a 2km march to Beckingham training area in which we would be sleeping for the next two nights, and built all the 12 x 12 tents in which we would be sleeping in the night . Then onto phase 3 command tasks which became up to 40 minutes long with the difficulty and complexity becoming harder along with the distance needing to be travelled. Then onto a night exercise where we looked throughout the training area for points to collect to build a wheelbarrow. Another early morning start and off to complete the last phase command tasks and the last command tasks of the course.  After we completed the command tasks the course was ready to go out and complete the next challenge which was an orienteering course and after the course a log run, with each Flight competing against the other to be the best. It was not an easy run but working together in the Flights saw us through. There was no stopping there it was back up to the woods to build our bashas where we would be staying that night. Along with staying in our own built homes we were also cooking for ourselves, using ration packs to survive for two days.

on our return to Cranwell we had a drill session in which we perfected the parade  and we then worked on the Flight presentation which we presented to the course later on that day. We had to present a phase 1 command task in 10minutes no more, no less, showing the briefing and the correct leadership style, so in all showing what we had completed and learnt throughout the week. The last night we found out how well we had done throughout the week with our end of course debriefs, Then onto a social evening. The final day was the highlight of everyone’s week parading outside RAF College Cranwell which is usually used to parade the officers that have just passed out through Initial Officer Training going into the Royal Air Force.

Overall the week was amazing and being privileged to take part in the course was a highlight for me. I would recommend this course to anyone that is able to go, you learn a lot and you get to meet new people from all over the country.”

The photo shows Sgt Domonic Ischt and Cpl Kiran Babla with their Oval Blue leadership badges