August 11th 2015

Cadets experience a helicopter flight

A number of Cadets from the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Air Training Corps (ATC) had the chance to fly in a helicopter on 10 August as part of combined Cadet competition that took place at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell.

40 young people, 20 from each youth organisation, took part in Cadet 15 a new local inter-service Cadet event which included a variety of challenges such as to taking part in a First Aid scenario led by East Midlands Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), taking part in a timed obstacle course, using the electronic shooting range, having a go in a vehicle simulator, flying in a Griffin Helicopter and tug of war competition.

Warrant Officer Dan Haywood, from the ATC’s South and East Midlands Wing, organised the competition. He said: “This local competition was the first of its kind to be organised between the ACF and ATC in this area, and I am delighted to say that the day was a huge success. There were four teams of 10 senior Cadets, who are all aged between 16 and 18 years, taking part in the competition which provided a rare opportunity for the Cadets to pit their skills against each other.

Cadets take part in command task“It was a really enjoyable day, and I hope something that can be repeated again in the future incorporating more of the military Cadet Forces. Plans are already underway for Cadet 16 next year, and I would personally like to thank the Station Commander at Chetwynd Barracks and the regular staff for their support in organising what started out as a daydream on my commute to work.”

Feedback from Cadets who took part in the event:

Cadet Lance Corporal Jess Atkin, from Nottinghamshire ACF’s Beeston Detachment, also attended the event. She said: “Cadet 15 sounded exciting and I thought a great way to spend some of my summer holiday time. The helicopter ride really appealed to me, as it was a rare opportunity to experience flying around Nottinghamshire.”

Speaking ahead of the event, Cadet Lance Corporal Tom Delaney, from Nottinghamshire ACF’s Chilwell Detachment, said: “I joined Cadets initially because I had friends who were involved. I decided to stay though because of the amount of activities on offer, like today’s event. I am looking forward to the vehicle simulator activity as it sounds challenging. I’ve also not been in a helicopter before so that will be good.”

Speaking during the event, Cadet Flight Sergeant Jake Foster, from the ATC’s  2418 (Sherwood) Squadron, said: “I wanted to be part of Cadet 15 as it is the first time this had ever been organised. It is great when different Cadet Forces can come together in a competition environment. There is a lot of activities on offer today, but I’m really looking forward to the helicopter ride.”

Cadet Flight Sergeant Jade Cox, from the ATC’s 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron, said: “I’ve been in Cadets for five years and have enjoyed the range of experiences I have had and qualifications I have gained. I really enjoyed the gun-run activity today as we had to dissemble a canon and put it back together again in the fastest time possible. It was really fun working in a team to do this.” Cadet badges


“It was a really enjoyable day, and I hope something that can be repeated again in the future incorporating more of the military Cadet Forces."