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Junior Leader Success

posted 7 Apr 2013, 13:32 by Leon Aldred   [ updated 7 Apr 2013, 13:33 ]

CFS McCrudden gets marooned!


Cadet Flight Sergeant McCrudden has made 184 proud yet again by successfully completing the highly regarded Junior Leaders Course. The course, which when completed is equivalent to four BTECs, is a leadership course for cadets above the rank of a corporal, run over eight separate training weekends and concluded with a 10 day test phase. CFS McCrudden reported, ‘It was a once in a lifetime experience and the skills learnt will be carried with me for the rest of my life. The phrase 'stand to' will never mean the same for me again, I just wonder how long it'll be until even hearing it whispered wakes me and gets me dressed and ready for duty in under 2 minutes.’ In the Air Cadet Organisation, whilst putting in effort and commitment, there is still every opportunity to have fun and CFS McCrudden is demonstrating it, and reaping the rewards for it here.

Firstly, to secure a place on this prestigious course CFS McCrudden underwent a gruelling selection process involving a fitness test and interviews. This is very important as the course is very physically demanding.

The course was a good learning curve for CFS McCrudden as he extracted orders but also learnt how to give instruction himself which will aid him in both his cadet and future civilian careers. In addition, CFS McCrudden developed and learnt new skills in different leadership styles. He explained that one of his highlights from the course was being deployed by an RAF Merlin helicopter, as well as impromptu attacks from flocks of rogue sheep.

Cadet Flight Sergeant McCrudden had a fantastic time on the Junior Leaders course and would definitely recommend it to any cadets thinking about furthering their cadet career! Not only do you gain a qualification but you have fun and make memories in the process. Congratulations CFS McCrudden and enjoy wearing your new maroon lanyard.