Swanley Cadets Tells us About his time in the ACF

31 July 2019

Lance Bombardier Joshua Rice is now 18 and has left Kent ACF, he attended Swanley Detachment.

Here’s what he said about his time in the ACF

Since being in the ACF I have gained Bronze and Silver DofE and outside of the ACF my National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications, (NPLQ) and BTEC Level 1 in teamwork and personal skills.

Being in the ACF has greatly improved my communication and team skills since joining.

I was looking at joining a youth club and the ACF seemed to be the best option.

My favourite ACF activities were fieldcraft and shooting; I enjoy using the weapon systems and learning military skills.

Since being a cadet I have become a lot less shy and find it easier to talk to other people more.

I have had many opportunities to do a range of activities, two of which are going on an assault course and firing blanks on exercise. I have learnt many new skills and improved others that will certainly come in useful in the future.

Since joining, I have seen an increase in both my physical and mental fitness.

My proudest moment is being promoted to a Cadet NCO.

I’d like to thank my Detachment staff for everything they have done for me in the ACF.

Here's what his mum said to the Detachment Commander:

"I would just like to say thank you for all the work you do, Josh absolutely loved being a cadet. It seems a lifetime ago I came in to see if you thought he could join, but it truly turned out to be one of the best things he’s ever done.

The work you put in really does make a difference to so many, I just wanted to personally thank you for all your help".