SSI Ross Wheeler-Clayton, Commander of Parkstone Detachment in Dorset, was an Army Cadet in the Combined Cadet Force. He loved it so much he became a CFAV in 2017.
“I’d been given lots of opportunities to participate in fun and challenging activities (including the Ten Tors challenge) when I was a Cadet and really missed the “Cadet experience”, so I became a volunteer; to help and inspire others to develop important life skills, such as confidence and resilience.
As well as fun activities, the Army Cadets provide opportunities to get qualifications that can help both Cadets and Adult Volunteers in their life and careers outside of the Cadets, including CVQO and ILM.
Developing exciting skills in adventure training is also possible, whether that’s becoming a mountain leader or kayak instructor for instance.
During my time as a Cadet and now CFAV I have made lots of friends, whilst at the same time adding to my CV and during this time. As a CFAV I completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DofE) and visited St James’ Palace. This will help me stand out from a crowd when looking for future employment.
Volunteering has helped me develop my self-confidence and given me a great sense of achievement. I’m now a Detachment Commander, where I am in charge of a unit, allowing me to organise the training programme, plan events and play a vital role in the Cadet's time within the ACF. This provides a good skill base for a managerial position at work.