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Wing Training Weekend

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The 9th, 10th and 11th of March saw a large number of cadets and staff from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wing descend on RAF Odiham for a training weekend.

A group of Civilian Instructors with ambitions to move into uniform spent the three days receiving briefings and presentations on the way ahead for them, including etiquette, todays RAF and proceedures to adopt in various situations. They also had a go at drill.

On the Saturday another class of new Civilian Instructors underwent a days training on all aspects of the ATC including cadet welfare, ATC structure and the opportunities open to them in the future.

Whilst these courses were going on some twenty five cadets from across both Hampshire and the Isle of Wight undertook either the Wing Staff Cadet Course, designed to help cadets transition to post 18 service in the ATC, or the Cadet Methods of Instruction Course known as the CMOI. This course teaches cadets who have completed their academic training to become instructors on their own Squadrons.

The cadets went away from the day ready to undertake more practice before being assessed locally and ultimately receiving the coveted yellow lanyard of an Instructor Cadet.

The students were supported by eleven staff from across the Wing most of whom took on this additional responsibility on top of their commitment to their own units.

Officer Commanding Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wing ATC, Wing Commander Peter Priest, visited the courses on the Saturday and spoke with each of the groups as well as answering their questions. He said he was very pleased with the weekend and hoped the cadets and staff attending got all they needed from the courses.