I was waiting for my lunch in the dinner queue at Altcar Training Camp when I found myself staring at, well myself on an NWRFCA pop up banner about Cadet Force Adult Volunteers in the corner!
After my initial thoughts of, wow that’s me, how embarrassing and how many 100s of people have seen this, had passed I kind of reflected of my Cadet journey and wasn’t too surprised when our County Public Relations Officer asked me to write a few words to bring to life the ‘face on the NWRFCA banner’ for an article.
So here it is, my Cadet Journey…
I joined Merseyside Army Cadet Force as a Cadet back in 2012 and at the time I was based in 2 Company and cap badged the Royal Army Medical Corps. I loved my time as a Cadet so much so that when I timed out at the age of 18, I decided to come back as an Adult Volunteer.
So, in 2016 I started my training as a PI (Potential Instructor) now Cap Badged Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and was located within the 4 Company area. After successfully completing several courses over 12 months, 2 at County level with MACF known as the BIC (Basic Induction Course) and the IIC (Intermediate Induction Course) to then finally completing my AIC (Advanced Induction Course) with the HQNW Cadet Training Team (which is still to date one of the best courses I have been on) and being appointed the rank of Sergeant Instructor in 2017.