Posted on 19 July 2017 by 473 (Hartlepool) Sqn. ATC
473 Hartlepool squadron recently sent 3 cadets to a Junior Non commission officers course at Durham Northumberland wing HQ where they where given the opportunity to develop themselves and learn how to become an effective leader and how to become a JNCO. While on a JNCO Course cadets are ran through both the theory and practical sides of being a JNCO and how to develop skills such as leadership.
Cadet S. Chaffer said, “The Junior NCO course was one of the best things I have ever accomplished and achieved! Learning many life skills such as; how to handle discipline, how to lead a team using a technique called ‘smeac’ (situation, mission, execution, any questions, check understanding) and learning how the ways of the officers in the RAF or air cadets should act and what they expect from a Junior non commissioned officer (JNCO). Achieving and gaining on the JNCO course meant that I could now communicate with people more and feel more comfortable when I was stepping up to discipline. Personally, my favourite part was doing leadership tasks with everyone and making a lot of life long friends!”
Air Cadets give opportunity to allow individuals to excel at life skills and to develop which will help in later life as well as giving cadets to meet people from all different walks of life and from all over the country and makes friendships that can last a lifetime!