On the 6th and 7th April five cadets from 1145 Sqn headed down to the squadron to complete their bronze radio course. On the Saturday the course was taught by Flt Lt Hall and Sgt Pritchard and on the Sunday it was taken by two of the Sqn's cadet FS who helped with the voice procedures as these can prove to be stressful to perform, especially when you are being tested!
The course would take two days of lessons and practical exercises, finishing with a theory exam and practical test. Both days were early starts to ensure that we would cover everything needed to successfully pass the final tests, as the pass mark was very high.
Like any good course, w began with a quick recap of previous material to refresh our memories. This proved to be highly useful seeing as most of the bronze course consisted of the same subjects of the blue course, only in a lot more depth. Even though many of the cadets doubted if they would pass the two tests they had to sit in order to pass, all the cadets who attended scared brilliant marks and gained their bronze radio award and are looking forward to going on a silver radio course.
Though it is great to have another qualification and another badge, we will soon be able to put these lessons into practice with increasing use of radio communication for co-ordinating events including deployed fieldcraft exercises and even running the communications at the Royal international Air Tattoo!