Rebecca Witt has just started back in her final A level year at Giggleswick School having spent a week of her summer holiday on an Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF College Cranwell. The course is open to air cadets from the Combined Cadet Force which Rebecca takes part in at her school.
The Combined Cadet Force focuses on training within the three sections, the Army, the RAF and, at Giggleswick, one of only 18 Royal Marines Detachments in the UK.
The week involved physical training, drill exercises, inspections, and leadership theory. Rebecca, who was made Flight Leader for part of the week, also had to take part in a 13 mile map-reading exercise and a number of ‘command tasks’ - 20 – 40 minute tasks in which the leader had to brief the flight (the task group) on their situation, mission and their execution of the plan. The flight also had to spend three days camping outside creating their own sleeping shelter and living off small ration packs. The intensive week ended with a graduation parade.
Rebecca said of her experience,
"Overall it was a really worthwhile experience even though it was exhausting. It allowed me to make some amazing new friends from all over the country who I will never forget, especially after sharing such an intense experience with them. From this course I learned that it is important to be confident in your own abilities as well as those around you in order to lead well."
Rebecca’s group won ‘Best Flight’ for earning the most points for room inspections, individual achievements and inter-flight competitions. Mark Turnbull, Headmaster, said of Rebecca’s achievements,
"This is a great example of the opportunities activities like Combined Cadet Force can bring and Rebecca should be extremely proud of herself. All pupils should be encouraged to invest time in their hobbies, interests and passions outside of the classroom to inspire their learning and Rebecca has certainly done that this summer!"
Rebecca joined the Combined Cadet Force in Year 10 when all pupils take part in CCF training as part of the weekly timetable. In Year 11 cadets can then choose to stay with the CCF and learn to shoot, conduct adventure training, take part in overnight exercises, fly, glide, and perform military music. Rebecca has been taking part in the Combined Cadet Force every week and the course at RAF Cranwell has enabled her to expand her experience.