Last week #teamMACF Cadet RSM Kelly left us after finishing his cadet journey at the age of 18. Below, Cadet RSM Kelly tells us about his time with us here at Merseyside ACF.
"I joined Merseyside Army Cadet Force way back in September 2015. Thinking back to that day now; where I first set foot in the small fenced off cadet hut at the front of my housing estate, seems like forever ago. However, this day, the day at which I became an Army cadet (as cliché as it sounds) truly changed my life for all the better; I can honestly say with my hand on my heart that the decision to join was the best decision that I have ever made. I have made friends for life and had experiences I would have never dreamed of. It would be exceptionally difficult to include in this message everything that has happened and every opportunity that I have had during my time as an Army Cadet. So instead, I will go over some of the highlights.
Early on in my cadet career as a recruit, I developed a true sense of a second family. I had lost my nan in 2015. The day I lost my nan was a parade night a Tuesday in fact and I chose to come in. It becomes clearer when you are a cadet, that the ACF is a place where you can leave everything at the gate and focus solely on just being a cadet. This night, however, was different for me and my former DC noticed this; SMI Jones, without any hesitation he sat me down and just spoke to me. I can’t remember exactly what was said, but I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of empathy and compassion and at that moment, I felt part of a team, I felt that people had my back and most notably I felt like a member of a family. On that day my personal life and my cadet life became intertwined and I was well and truly hooked.