To start off the summer, I was lucky enough to secure a place on the Air Cadet Leadership Course (ACLC for short) which takes place at RAF Cranwell. The course was definitely one of the most difficult things I have ever done with cadets however I made some really good friends and was able to achieve a distinction in Gold Leadership by the end!
After the initial fitness test and 20km walk, phases one and two began and we worked as a team taking it in turns to lead and complete tasks that ranged from mathematical problems to rescue missions. Later on in the week phase three began and we moved to a training area where we set up bashers and slept under the stars for two nights. We ate from ration packs and became even closer as a team. In addition to this, the hot weather we experienced that week definitely enhanced the experience!
After the final interview on the Friday, we had completed the course and the whole of my flight passed and graduated. The opportunity to graduate on the parade square outside of RAFC Cranwell was amazing and something I will never forget. Air Vice Marshal Smyth awarded us our badges and our parents came to watch, it was a brilliant day.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a challenge, it is a week I will never forget with lifelong friends.
Sgt I Vickery