On parade nights, we start by forming up and having a uniform inspection, where we are scored for how good our uniform is, which counts towards the inter-flight competition. After the inspection we start one of many activities:
• Classification Training – Cadets are taught all of the information needed to progress through classifications. Topics include Air navigation, Ground navigation, Aircraft recognition, Airmanship, Airfield operations and Brief history and Structure of the RAF and ATC.
• Sport – on some nights, we train for upcoming inter-squadron events and wing tournaments. These include, but are not limited to, football, rugby, volleyball, athletics, etc. We start sports by warming up and stretching, led by one of our NCO’s. After this, we split into our flights and host a small competition. This is followed by some fun games and activities before we cool down and take a break.
• Initiative Exercises – These commence with a brief on the different activities that we’ll be taking part in on the night. After the brief, we split off into different groups and start a variety of team exercises which test our leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills.
• Projects – All cadets can choose from a variety of projects, which are conducted on various parade nights:
- RC Models – Radio-controlled aircraft model construction and flying.
- Media Team – Designing and producing a squadron newsletter, webpage and various posters.
- Aircraft Modelling – Building ‘Airfix’ models and dioramas.
- Flight Simulator – Learning the fundamentals of flying.