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January 9th 2017

“The cadets inspire me”

Iain Bulloch with cadets on a recent overseas visit

Adult volunteer Iain Bulloch with cadets on a recent overseas visit

A Police Officer from Derbyshire has described why he enjoys volunteering with the Army Cadets in his spare time and how the young people he works with inspire him to be proud in his role as an adult volunteer.

Second Lieutenant Iain Bulloch, aged 45, volunteers with Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) and works full-time as a Police Officer.

As the Long Eaton Detachment Commander, Iain organises and plans activities for over 30 cadets to participate in on a weekly basis which can include everything from map and compass to First Aid.

Originally joining the ACF after his son told him his detachment were short of staff, Iain now views the ACF as a ‘big family’ he is proud to be a part of.

Iain explained: “I love parading at the detachment. If I ever turn up to the detachment in a bad mood within minutes this disappears. I’m extremely proud of our cadets and what they achieve, and because of this the cadets inspire me to be the best I can be in my volunteering role.”

Four years have now passed since Iain joined the ACF, but during that time he has experienced many highlights including teaching a cadet First Aid that she later used to save someone’s life, an event she was recognised for during a visit to Buckingham Palace. He was involved in a recent 10 day expedition to Gibraltar where he got to take part in adventurous training and has also attended numerous courses through the ACF that have allowed him to meet like-minded people from around the county.

Iain continued: “I completed a Skill at Arms course through the ACF, meaning I am now qualified to teach and test the various weapon systems we use and run the ranges enabling the cadets to shoot.

“I can honestly say that the ACF has also motivated me to change my role in my day job. After working with young people through the ACF, I learnt how I could support them to achieve their goals and this made me take a step back and consider how I could do this in a different context.

“I now work with young offenders through my police job, trying to turn them away from crime. This is a very rewarding role that sees me work with young people from a variety of backgrounds.”

Being involved in the ACF has also had further personal benefits for Iain. He continued: “I have noticed a big change in my confidence. I can now speak in front of groups of youngsters, parents, colleagues or adult instructors which is something I struggled with before.

“I would encourage anyone to join the ACF as an adult volunteer because when you teach a cadet something and they get a buzz out of the experience, it is an amazing feeling. Watching them achieve and seeing them grow is an experience like no other.”

Derbyshire ACF has detachments across the county including Derby, Chesterfield, Long Eaton, Buxton, Glossop, Ilkeston, New Mills, Matlock and Chapel-En-Le Frith.

To find out more about volunteering in your area with the ACF contact 01332 772025 ext 21 or email em-der-ao1@rfca.mod.uk

Further details about joining the ACF can also be found by visiting armycadets.com/adventure

“I would encourage anyone to join the ACF as an adult volunteer because when you teach a cadet something and they get a buzz out of the experience, it is an amazing feeling. Watching them achieve and seeing them grow is an experience like no other.”