Recently on a brisk Sunday afternoon, an important date occurred for families in the Horsham area, as their youngsters graduated through initial training to become fully fledged members of the 1015 (Horsham) Squadron, Air Training Corps.
After months of meticulous study, team building and uniform preparation, the recruits paraded in front of proud family members, staff and fellow cadets to receive their First Class Cadet Classification badges.
Over the course of their training, the new recruits learnt many new skills including airmanship, leadership, history of the Royal Air Force, care of uniform and the discipline of drill.
Through personal discipline, team work and positive attitude these youngsters, some as young as 12, saw the fruits of their labour through a parade to celebrate their graduation.
The ‘passing out’ parade is a traditional parade which allows the family and friends of recruits to come see what their youngsters have been up to twice a week and celebrate their success with them.
Officer Commanding of 1015 (Horsham) Air Cadets, Flight Lieutenant Richard Foster said: “I am extremely proud of the cadets tonight, they were able to show their friends and family just how much they have achieved over the past few months.
They are a credit to our squadron and I believe they will do great in the future. My special thanks for St John Stanley and the rest of Staff that gave up their weekends to provide the fantastic training.”
If you are interested in joining and are aged between 12-17, you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for details of our next open evening in January. We also welcome applications for adult volunteers, who can contact us on the same address.
Report and picture contributed by 1015 (Horsham) Squadron ATC.