Young re­cruits for RAF cadets

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR NEWS -

Twenty young peo­ple have signed up for the Peter­bor­ough Air Cadets and can now look for­ward to flights, aero­plane tricks and rais­ing money for good causes.

The fresh-faced re­cruits were wel­comed with a night of talks and a tour of the squadron build­ing.

This marks the be­gin­ning of their air cadet train­ing, which will last for the next 22 weeks, pre­par­ing for an en­rol­ment pa­rade in Jan­uary 2018.

Re­cruits can look for­ward to ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing the chance to com­plete the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award or fly in an RAF test jet. Some cadets will also meet mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily, travel to camps at over­seas bases, or ex­pe­ri­ence ex­cit­ing tricks like a bar­rel roll in a Grob G 115 aero­plane.

Af­ter ini­tial train­ing, re­cruits will be able to par­tic­i­pate in drills, where they will learn ba­sic march­ing ma­noeu­vres like stand­ing at ease and stand­ing at at­ten­tion.

Re­cruits also learn about the his­tory of the air train­ing corps and the his­tory of the RAF. Train­ing will teach them how to main­tain a pris­tine uni­form, as well as es­sen­tial knowl­edge on cy­ber se­cu­rity and so­cial me­dia. Out­side of so­cial events and drills, cadets often raise money for Help for Heroes.

The115 Peter­bor­ough Squadron Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Flight Lieu­tenant RAF VR(T) K Barfield said: “We are ex­tremely im­pressed by the amount of new en­thu­si­as­tic faces in the Squadron and the amount of com­mit­ment be­ing shown al­ready.

“Re­mem­ber­ing my time as an air cadet, it was well known that the more ef­fort and com­mit­ment you put into be­ing an air cadet, the more you will get out of it.

“The friends and ex­pe­ri­ences you will make will stay with you for the rest of your life. All the train­ing and com­mit­ment as a re­cruit pays off and is well worth the wait.”

The new re­cruits.

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