On the 10th of August cadets from 1145 and 142(2nd Edinburgh Squadron) attended the RAST/RCT Association parade. This parade involved marching down from the British Legion in Dunfermline along to the Dunfermline Abbey. Cadets then went and sat through a church service to dedicate the new banner and return March with Lord Lieutenant of Fife receiving the salute on behalf of Her Majesty. The parade was accompanied by the sea cadets and army cadets, the army veterans and members of the association.
At camp we did many activities throughout the week including flying, the imperial war museum, spy experience, urban assault, RAF Marham's Families Day and Battle of Britain memorial flight at RAF Conningsby. We also had many activity’s set up such as the EOD Squad, Night Exercise, Shooting and Swimming. On base we did activity’s such as the MT Section at and the Heritage Centre where the large majority of still functional harriers were based although they did not fly they could still be operated. While at RAF Conningsby our squadron saw some Russian MIG 30s take off escorted by a large formation of typhoons. At the Marham families day there was a great deal to see and do such as the American EOD platoon and an American built C130 and an osprey aircraft. The F35 was also there. The typhoon and spitfire flew in formation at the Airshow and the hurricane we saw at the BBMF also flew there. The Red Arrows, Gnats and the Biplane Display Team also flew. At the RAF Wittering Families Day a large majority of us got rides in a Chevrolet corvette and we got to go Air Rifle Shooting.
On Friday the 24th of April Cpl J Scott, Cdt S Cowan and Cdt H McCulloch went down to Cranwell to compete with the different regions at regional Netball and Rugby. They represented Scotland and Northern Ireland region at the tournament on the Saturday. The Rugby team played two out of the 6 regions but unfortunately they lost both games and came last overall in the competition. The netballers won 1 game in the competition against north, however they still came 6th. Cdt S Cowan got player of the tournament when playing netball.
I recently attended a JNCO (Junior) where I learned about many different aspects of being a NCO, this included; leadership, teamwork, uniform and drill. The course started on Friday at around 6 pm where 14 Cpls were given a briefing on the activity’s that would take place over the weekend. We were then taken to our accommodation and tried to get an early night sleep for the busy day ahead.
The next morning we were on parade early and went to the lecture room where we had a small power point course before breakfast. We then filled the day with many other course and drill practices for the test the next day. The drill test consisted a sequence which we had to command and perform the movements. We then spent the night doing uniform and study for the test the next day.
The Sunday we had another early start and had a uniform inspection first thing. We then did some more drill practice before we went for breakfast. We had 3 different test that day, the first was a uniform regulations test where we had to answer question about specific parts of uniform, some of which were very uncommon. The second was the drill test where we had to instruct our drill partner around a 5x5 meter square using the drill movements provided, this was to test our drill voice. Then our partners instructed us and we were tested on our drill movements.
In the afternoon we changed into our greens and began the leadership test. We were split into teams of five and each person took leadership for the five different problems that we had to attempt. Some of these tasks were very enjoyable and required the team to work closely together. They included problem solving tasks like the leader directing his team with blind folds on through a maze.
We were then debriefed and went home. I learned a lot about the general cadet organisation .The whole course was a great experience were I learned a lot about how to be an effective NCO. I would recommend this course to anyone looking towards becoming a NCO.