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New air cadets enrolled into Orpington squadron

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 March 2018

The whole squadron and staff. Picture: Orpington Air Cadets

The whole squadron and staff. Picture: Orpington Air Cadets

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Ten new air cadets were enrolled into the Orpington squadron on last week (March 6), by squadron chaplain Rev. Jane Winter.

Cadet Young receiving trhe Squadron Commanders award for best recruit. Picture: Orpington Air CadetsCadet Young receiving trhe Squadron Commanders award for best recruit. Picture: Orpington Air Cadets

Now equipped with adequate knowledge to start the formal beginnings of their time within the RAF air cadets, they can look forward to learning exciting and important new skills.

Squadron warrant officer Mark Lidinston said: “It’s always pleasing to be able to enrol so many new recruits into the ATC.

“I hope they will have a long and exciting time within the RAF Air Cadets.”

So far, the cadets have been able to learn about the origins and history of both the RAF and the Air Training Corps, as well as the development of aeroplanes and life-saving emergency first aid during their time with Orpington RAF, based on Anglsea Road.

The 10 new cadets with Squadron Chaplain. Picture: Orpington Air CadetsThe 10 new cadets with Squadron Chaplain. Picture: Orpington Air Cadets

With their official enrolment, the young cadets will now be able to start their first class training, which will cover subjects like airmanship and expedition, whilst developing the cor understanding required to undertake activities such as air experience flights and adventure training camps.

As part of the formal ceremony, Rev Winters asked each cadet to make the Cadet Promise and presented them with their record of service book which will be a record of their achievement as an RAF Air Cadet.

The Squadron Commanders award for the best recruit was awarded to Cadet Young, who has consistently impressed the staff with her high standards of uniform and self discipline.

The cadets are now looking forward to go flying at Easter and in the summer; they will also all learn marksmanship principles and go target shooting, and further their first aid training by doing the Youth First Aid Award.

Trips to the Imperial War Museum and the RAF museum are also planned for later in the year, as well as Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to join, email the squadron staff to book your place at the Squadron Open Night on Tuesday, April 24.

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