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From Cadet to Commissioned ACF Officer

2nd Lieutenant Alex Suffield rejoined the ACF as a Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer (CFAV) in 2017 having previously been a cadet in HWACF. Today he leads a detachment and specialises in a range of syllabus subjects, including Communication & Information Systems and drill

From Cadet to Commissioned ACF Officer

15 May 2024

  • Hereford And Worcester ACF

Gheluvelt Coy is pleased to announce the addition of a new officer to its adult ranks in the form of 2nd Lieutenant Alex Suffield, who commissioned this month after passing the ACF’s Commissioning Board.

Currently Detachment Commander at Malvern Tp, 2Lt Suffield was previously a Staff Sergeant Instructor prior to commissioning.

During his time as a CFAV he has become an integral part of his training team, amassing significant knowledge of the Drill & Turnout, Fieldcraft & Tactics, and Communication & Information Systems syllabuses. As DC Malvern Tp, he manages a team of three adult NCOs and is responsible for the learning and wellbeing of around 20 cadets.

"As an adult joining the ACF, you'll discover a wide range of career paths and roles awaiting you," says Capt Jamie Edwards (pictured), OC Gheluvelt Coy, who visited Malvern Tp yesterday evening to announce the news.

"It's truly inspiring to witness someone like 2Lt Suffield, a former cadet-turned-CFAV with extensive experience in planning and leading ACF activities, take this significant step forward on their journey.

"On behalf of Gheluvelt Coy, I want to extend heartfelt congratulations to 2Lt Suffield on their well-deserved promotion and wish them all the best as they embark on their two-year Initial Officer Training programme."

A comprehensive leadership course that is mandatory for new ACF officers, IOT is split into two modules.

The first is a development module that examines different leadership approaches and compares them to the roles undertaken by ACF officers, while the second – a “confirmation” module – puts the application of leadership centre stage.

Throughout this process, junior officers receive one-to-one mentorship. The course concludes at the world-renowned Royal Military Academy Sandhurst – the home of Army leadership.

The IOT also gives participants the option to complete an ILM Level 4 Award in Leadership & Management through the Cadet Vocational College. This qualification is recognised internationally and has relevance far beyond the ACF. Indeed, many officers credit it with having enhanced their approach to handling challenging situations in their professional working lives.

“At the heart of the course is our belief that ‘leaders achieve things far beyond what they could alone; by engaging others intellectually and emotionally in pursuit of a clear and compelling purpose,” says IOT director Colonel Neil Judd OBE (ACF).

A huge congratulations to 2Lt Suffield. We look forward to working with you as you progress through IOT!

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It's truly inspiring to witness someone like 2Lt Suffield, a former cadet-turned-CFAV with extensive experience in planning and leading ACF activities, take this significant step forward on their journey

Capt Jamie Edwards, OC Gheluvelt Coy, Hereford & Worcester ACF
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