Detachment Commander Arron Reason is originally from Leicestershire but is now combining studying for a degree in Childhood Studies with taking charge of a group of keen cadets at Bangor ACF detachment.
While studying at Bangor University I decided to volunteer as a cadet leader as I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a cadet and wanted to continue having new experiences. I've found that I enjoy leading young people and it's been very rewarding to watch cadets grow, improve and become better people, down (in part) to the way I instruct.
Since joining the ACF my friends and family have seen a big improvement in my confidence and organisational skills. I'm able to speak to large groups without forgetting what I was going to say or getting nervous about it. I'm able to prepare for and take on interviews easier, and the teaching qualifications I've gained mean I'm more clued up about the career I want to go in to, which is teaching. As Detachment Commander I am also in charge of funds for NAAFI and the admin that goes with running the detachment - all useful skills to add to my CV.
"The training gives you all the skills you need to instruct cadets but you can follow your interests and go on to do more if you want to."
The ACF's initial adult training is well structured and delivers full training for new instructors who may, or may not, have any previous experience with the organisation. The training gives you all the skills you need to instruct cadets but you can follow your interests and go on to do more if you want to. So far I've done Signals Instructor training, Kayaking Paddle Power, Snowsport Level 8 (Skiing), ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management, National Citizen Service, a BTEC in Public Services and am currently completing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Joining the ACF has helped me make friends for life - close by in Bangor and around the country - and it's challenged me to try new things and tackle my fears. For example, despite having a fear of heights I've completed obstacle courses with high objects and done climbing and abseiling.
Through the Army Cadets I've gone travelling - to Belgium and France on battlefield tours and to Italy on a ski trip. I've also had all sorts of unique experiences, such as playing the 'last post' on the bugle on the final parade at camp in front of around 800 people - the feeling of achievement afterwards was incredible.