What is it like to make the transition from a senior cadet to an adult instructor? To find out Harvey Stone, now a Detachment Instructor at Bradley and Brynteg Detachment was asked the question.
Harvey had been a cadet at Rossett Detachment and had reached the rank of Cadet Company Sergeant Major. As well as completing his four-star and Master Cadet qualifications he was the recipient of the prestigious Jim Hewitt Trophy for 2019 and a Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Clwyd. After “retiring” Harvey wanted to continue his association with the ACF deciding to make the leap into the ranks of Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV). Following transitional training, he has recently been appointed an adult instructor.
Harvey reports “Initially I was somewhat worried about coming back as a CFAV in such a short time as I was worried they would still see me as a cadet. However, I couldn't be luckier about the transition and how kind the CFAV's old and new have been. It is rather weird to talk to the people who help me grow up as actual people and not instructors. I am extremely grateful to the now Major Dan Jones for getting through my adult training so I am now a qualified CFAV. I look forward to working to gain further qualifications, training, and hopefully inspiring future cadets to give them the experience and the life skills others have given to me.” Harvey added “I've enjoyed being at different detachments as I got to see how another instructor run a detachment. I've learned a lot from SMI Baz Reid at Mold and now that I have moved to Bradley and Brynteg I look forward to seeing how Captain Mervyn Jones runs it. I also like to see what other senior cadets of the detachment like to do things and what job they are given.”
Do you think you could be like Harvey and become a CFAV? No prior skills are required, although any held can be taken into consideration, but compulsory security and DBS checks have to be passed. Full training is provided and some nationally recognised qualifications can be gained. Uniform is provided to CFAVs and some remuneration and expenses are available.
For more information on becoming a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer and an online application visit https://armycadets.com/registe...