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August 14th 2017

Cadet: “Being in the ACF is something extra to put on my CV”

Cadet Lance Corporal Jack Dawson

A school pupil from Lincolnshire has described why he joined the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and why the skills he is learning will be beneficial to him in the future.

Cadet Lance Corporal Jack Dawson, aged 14, is a member of Lincolnshire ACF and parades weekly at Abbey Detachment in Lincoln.

After previously trying other youth groups and losing interest, Jack decided to join the ACF for two reasons: one of his good friends from school was already a member, and he has always had an interest in the military after learning about his grandad and great grandfather both serving in the Armed Forces.

Joining the ACF in 2015, Jack now thinks his hobby has allowed him to gain some really important life-skills. He said: “So far I have achieved my one star First Aid badge and certificate, learnt how to conduct CPR in emergency situations, learnt how to read maps which will help when I go camping with friends and learnt how to build a shelter in case I ever got lost.

“Being in the ACF is something extra to put on your CV and it’s the best thing I have done. It is not just about learning new skills, it’s about having fun, making new friends, taking part in sports and working towards being promoted.”

Jack explained that thanks to the ACF he has made lots of new friends from detachments around the county, enjoyed water sports and rock climbing on annual camps, as well as taking part in county-wide athletic competitions.

He continued: “Another highlight was being promoted to Cadet Lance Corporal and I am hoping to get my next stripe soon. I would recommend joining the ACF to anyone as a cadet or as an adult volunteer as it can only improve your CV and will probably help you to develop some new life skills. More than anything though you will have lots of fun.”

To find out more about joining Lincolnshire ACF as a cadet or adult volunteer call 01522 528109 or visit www.armycadets.com/county/lincolnshire-acf

"It is not just about learning new skills, it’s about having fun, making new friends, taking part in sports and working towards being promoted.”