In late October the Member of Parliament for Ilford North, Mr Lee Scott, visited the Squadron to officially open the next extension built this year. The extension finally allows the Sqn to accomodate all the cadets during training periods under cover during the winter months. In addition Mr Scott was able to see the pass out parade for No 61 Recruit Course. After a packed 6 – 8 months of training these 30 cadets were posted into the main 3 Flights on the Sqn. Their training has consisted of learning about the ATC and RAF, Weapon Training, use of radios, Expedition Training, Drill, Sport, and Airmanship, and having the opportunity to take part in powered flying and rifle shooting, and completing a recruit training weekend at Crowborough Training Camp.
Their proud parents watched a drill display by the cadets and were then given a presentation of what their young people had achieved and the opportunities open to them in the future by Fg Off Nick Harvey, the second in command of the Squadron. The Flights were then marched onto the Sqns Final Parade and the cadets welcomed to the main Sqn by the OC, Sqn Ldr Jerry Godden, and then marched to their new Flights, where a bright future awaits them.
A number of cadets also gained awards for their efforts over the last 6 months. In addition Mr Scott presented a number of the more Senior Cadets with their BTECs in Public Service. The BTECs, the equivalent of 4 GCSE’s at A* to C grades, are avaialable to cadets over 16 who have carried out a programme of cadet activities over the last 18 months from JNCO courses to Duke of Edinburgh awards; from sports to first aid. There were also two sets of written assessments that the NCOs’ needed to complete. The written assessment compliments the practical activities and a research based project which allows the cadets to get a better understanding of what a career in the Armed Forces is about. The syllabus has been designed to improve life skills. The NCO’s have learnt professional CV preparation, interviewing techniques, communication, first aid, adventure training, health and nutrition, all skills and knwoledge vital in all walks of life.
The photos show Mr Scott presenting Cdt Fowler the award for the Best Sportperson in Recruit Flight 61, and the BTEC Recipients with Sqn Ldr Godden OC 241 on the left and Mr Scott on the right, Sgt Matt McCormack, Sgt Alex Dutch, Sgt Myles Webb, ex Cpl Billy Chavner, Cpl Jak Ferrari, and Cpl Darren Southcott. Mr Scott said “this is a Sqn to be proud of, and shows what young people can achieve in the Cadet Forces through their efforts”.