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Daisy Leads the Field

2014-08-04 09:05:35
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By Flt Lt L Moore - 162 (Stockport) Squadron

A Stockport Air Cadet is flying high, having recently completed the prestigious Air Cadet Leadership Course (ACLC) at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, home of Officer and Aircrew training for the RAF.

Cadet Corporal Daisy Hill (16) has been part of the Heaviley based 162 (Stockport) Squadron for the last year and was extremely lucky to have her application accepted for ACLC.  The course only accepts 180 of the best Air Cadets from the 40,000 members all over the country.

The Air Cadet Leadership Course in one of the most intensive and enjoyable courses on offer to Air Cadets and is a mix of all the skills needed to be an effective leader within the Air Training Corps.  Many of the skills taught are transferrable into civilian and military careers that the cadets may pursue later in life.

The course starts with a series of gruelling exercises to test a candidate’s abilities; the first major test is a three Kilometre run that has to be completed within ten minutes which they have to complete on the first morning, even before they’ve had breakfast!

Throughout the week Daisy was subjected to a number leadership tasks, she had to complete an orienteering course, compete in a log run and take part in a night navigation exercise.

As the week progresses Two nights were spent ‘in the field’ living under the stars in a makeshift shelter or Basha as its know in the military, Once the field training was finished the course returned to RAF Cranwell for a formal passing out parade in front of family and VIPs

Daisy commented on her achievements and said: “It was one of the best weeks of my life so far. It was challenged both mentally and physically from the moment I arrived and I would recommend the course to any cadet who thinks they can rise to the challenge.”

Officer Commanding 162 (Stockport) Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Lee Moore said. “This is a highly sought after course for cadets to be accepted onto, they learn so much about themselves and others and it can really help improve self confidence. I am proud that Daisy has completed the course and she is very much a role model for younger members of the unit”

Leadership Training is one of the many activities offered at Stockport Air Cadets. Girls and boys from 12 years of age have the chance to do many activities including visits to RAF Stations, Adventure Training & Flying.

The squadron meets every Monday and Thursday night from 7pm at their Headquarters, Lockwood Fold, Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 6LS. If you are interested in joining, visit www.162atc.co.uk, Telephone (0161) 4804390 or email 162@aircadets.org

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