12 December 2018
Army Cadets has been a massive part of my life since joining at the age of 12. I have meet amazing people and some life long friends along the way.
Cadets is much more than marching and drills I have been lucky enough to travel all over the country and abroad whilst taking part in various camps and training expeditions.
When you go on camp this is your chance to pass your subjects while having fun with your friends. These subjects include field craft, shooting, first aid, navigation, skill at arms, expedition, cadet in the community to name a few. You can also go away to do things not on syllabus such as ccat, skiing, battle tour trips. I was lucky enough to visit France and Belgium and parade at the Menin Gates whilst on a battle tour trip.
One of my best experiences with cadets was doing a parachute jump for SSAFA charity. To be able to do a static line jump on my own really was exciting.
Some of the weekends away are competition based and one of my favourites is The Guard Cup. For three years in a row I was a part of or in charge of the winning team which is great as you encourage each other and put everything you have learnt in to practice.
Working through the ranks I now have the honour of being Regimental Sergeant Major of Cambridgeshire Army Cadets. To have gained this position shows how hard work pays off. I have also been appointed as The Lord Lieutenants Cadet.
For me cadets isn’t about being the best it’s about being the best you. It has allowed me to grow as an individual as I have been able to experience a multitude of various experiences and disciplines from cleaning riffles on camp to remembrance parade in front of my home town community.
This is only possible due to the encouragement and guidance of the people behind the running of cadets from the detachment commanders through county to national HQ and of course the taxi of Mum and Dad.
Now that I am a senior instructor I am enjoying the role of helping and teaching others and seeing the younger cadets grow in confidence whilst learning new skills and abilities. Whether it be sleeping out in a bivvy bag or attending a first aid course you really see progression.
My time in cadets will soon be coming to an end but I will always have the skills that I have learnt.