Have you ever had a sense of competition between each other during your Cadet journey/years?
Capt. Richardson - "There really hasn’t. We have both had very different ACF careers so far due to our own work, family and life balance. I’m incredibly proud of everything Erin has achieved and continues to achieve as a CFAV and she has always supported and cheered me on in every appointment I’ve held."
SSI Richardson - "Honestly, I would say no. Jen was always a star level and a year ahead of becoming an instructor than me and it has paved the way for us both to have our own ACF journey, friends and interests. Throughout our ACF careers I feel we have both completely gone down different paths which I feel has helped us enjoy our journeys that bit more together. It has always helped us come back to one another and support each other that bit more."
When you were Cadets did you feel you had the same opportunities a male Cadets?
Capt. Richardson - "There were times as a Cadet that I did feel overlooked simply for being female. Often it was just accepted that the male Cadet in the room would be given the opportunity on offer. When I was a Cadet there were at least three detachments that were still classed as male only units and simply didn’t accept females who enquired to join."
SSI Richardson - "Within the detachment I was in, I feel definitely not. It was always a lot harder to receive rank, somehow the male Cadets always came first when choosing cadet of the month. Also taking nominal roles / drill, was again always handed to the male cadets. This is something I’m very conscious of within my own detachment to ensure that just because you don’t have the loudest voice doesn't mean that you won't have the same opportunities and level of respect that is given to every Cadet, regardless of what sex you are."