MELKSHAM’S air cadet squadron is running its next intake for new cadets on Monday 7th March.
Flight Lieutenant Greg McKay, who is the Officer Commanding of 2385 (Melksham) Squadron, says, “This intake is primarily aimed at those in year 8 and 9, as they will benefit from the longest available time with the cadets, if they join then. We do however, accept new entrants any age before they turn 17.
“We offer opportunities including personal development, leadership skills, practical training in STEM subjects, Duke of Edinburgh Award, sports, adventure training and military skills.
“Cadets who join Melksham Squadron and stay for 3 years or more leave with qualifications including a BTEC level 1 in Teamwork and Personal skills for uniformed youth organisations (CVQO), a BTEC level 2 qualification in Aviation Studies (Pearsons), a level 2 certificate in food hygiene, a St John Ambulance ‘Essential First Aid’ qualification, Bronze/Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and many other formal qualifications.
“The cadet forces offer opportunity and activity that is not available elsewhere, complements traditional learning, develops beneficial personality traits and enhances an individual’s employability prospects greatly.
“The report by the University of Northampton at this link: www.northampton.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/social-impact-cadet-forces-uk-2020.pdf; highlights the clear benefits to both cadet and society, of an individual’s participation with one of the cadet forces.
“Due to demand the Squadron now operates a strict waiting list with two intakes a year in March and September only. Don’t miss out! Get in touch now.
“Alongside this the Squadron is looking for the following adult volunteer support – An individual to support and assist the Squadron with PR, social media and press releases; an individual to support the Squadron with logistics and stores; and general teaching staff, to support and enable our fantastic training program.”
Anyone interested in joining as a cadet or volunteer, should contact the Squadron by emailing: oc.2385@ rafac.mod.gov.uk. Alternatively fill in the contact form at: www.2385atc.org. uk/contact-us.