"As a cadet I have extended my musical capabilities with performance at regional competition. I am also undertaking a BTEC L2 in music and have already gained my silver music badge. I was also able to broaden my horizons by completing my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, which I could not have done without the support of the ATC. I have also completed my Senior NCO and instructor cadet courses, all of this adds attractiveness to my candidacy for future university applications and employers."
Cadet Flight Sergeant Mary Evans
"Being part of cadets has allowed me to learn about radio and fieldcraft. These activities have increased my confidence and developed my leadership skills. I am currently working towards my silver communications badge which will be a huge achievement for me, I have also completed my senior NCO and instructor cadet courses. All this will help in my chosen career path within the RAF."
Cadet Flight Sergeant Esme Harper-Coles
"Being a staff cadet I find myself being involved with many organisational jobs, one of these being to keep our training plan up to date and making sure that cadets experience a variety of different and fun activities, while maintaining the Corps academic structure. I am also an instructor cadet which means I have been assessed on my ability to deliver a structured lesson. I find delivering academic and progressive training lessons very enjoyable. It is highly rewarding to see the progress of our cadets during the process. My cadet career will soon come to an end however I hope to maintain my link within the RAFAC by becoming a member of uniformed staff. My membership has inspired my university degree choice of Aerospace Engineering, which I will feed back into my lessons to help develop the cadets understanding of complex systems."
Staff Cadet Sergeant Josh Rowles
"Joining cadets has given me so many opportunities but I particularly love sport and fitness. Boys can partake in rugby and football, girls hockey and netball and everyone can join in with cross country, athletics and swimming. In the last few years I have been successful in rugby and football to represent the South West Region competing in teams at national level. I am very proud to be the sports representative at 649 and enjoy helping to run the active sessions for cadets.
Ready. Able. Fit!"
Cadet Sergeant Tom Jenkins
"As an Air Cadet I have had the pleasure of being able to experience some amazing events, meet some incredible people and achieve some unimaginable dreams as well as gaining key life skills and experience that have set me up for life. Without the skills I have gained through the RAFAC and 649 Sqn I would not be studying at my university of choice with a sturdy career path ahead of me. Through experiences gained at RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) as a cadet, I have been able to gain experience in my chosen field of study and have a great time while doing it! I made the mistake of joining late, at 16 years old, and I couldn't recommend enough how much anyone should join as soon as they can. It'll change your life, it changed mine!"
Staff Cadet Warrant Officer Joe Palmer