CTC Drffield Training Camp
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By Cpl R Smillie - 2431 (Keighley) Squadron
On Friday 3rd October 2014, 4 cadets from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC travelled to CTC Driffield, East Yorkshire for a weekend training camp.
The 4 cadets attended 2 separate courses. Sgt Towler and Cpl Smillie attended a Senior NCO (SNCO) course, whereas Cdt’s Fox and Harris attended a Junior NCO (JNCO) course.
At 18:00 (6pm) on Friday night, the cadets gathered at our Squadron HQ to travel to Cadet Training Centre (CTC) Driffield, which was an operational RAF Station (RAF Driffield) during World War 2. We were joined by 4 another 4 cadets from Skipton Squadron. On arrival, we signed in and went to place our kit in our rooms before the camp briefing. After the briefing we all returned to our rooms to work on our uniform.
SNCO Courses are designed to teach current Cpl’s and Sgt’s the required skills to become part of their squadron’s management team. The course included Duties and Responsibilities of a SNCO, Cadet Welfare, Cadet Morale, Leadership Styles, the Cadet Code of Conduct and a drill instructional assessment.
JNCO Courses are designed to see if a cadet has what it takes to become a JNCO (Cpl). This course includes lectures on Leadership Styles and working in a team as well as leadership exercises, table-top command tasks and drill assessment.
The main differences between the 2 courses is that SNCO looks at the management of cadets and how to teach drill. On the other hand, the JNCO course teaches cadets how to perform drill correctly and lead a small team.
During both courses, candidates were assessed on their communication skills when having a debate. We both also had to learn and carry out a drill sequence while being watched by the eagle-eyes of Warrant Officer Lister, the Wing Drill Instructor.
The theory side of both courses was very interactive. Our Commanding Officer (Flt Lt Crabtree) was teaching the theory on each course as he is in charge of NCO Training throughout the Wing.
The weekend concluded with a large final parade, where all the courses formed up in front of the Wing Commander and carried out a march past.
Overall, for me, the course allowed me to gain the required skills and knowledge to move up to the rank of Sgt and above. It also allowed me to see a number of friends that I have met on various courses again and make some new ones.
For more information please visit the Squadron website