Altitude May 2012

Altitude 2497 COSFORD SQUADRON June 2012 May SNCO Course Last month Cpl. Giles took part in a senior NCO course. She writes to tell us how she got on. “I attended the senior non commissioned officer (SNCO) course which is a course designed to enable a JNCO to take the next step in the training process to become capable of the role of Sergeant and above (Senior) from Friday 20th April till Sunday 22nd of April at RAF Cosford; we stayed in the Boyle block. A number of cadets from various squadrons arrived on the Friday evening at 2000 hours and met in the block. Our evening began with a basic introduction and pen picture of each other. The evening continued with uniform preparation and some social interaction. We were up at the crack of dawn 0550 hours to start the day with final uniform preparation, breakfast (we had our meals at the junior ranks mess and I must say the food was good) and the dreaded uniform inspection. Following on from this and throughout the day we practiced the current drill manual and continued with various lessons including the roll of a SNCO, Morale, problem solving, discipline and welfare, ending the afternoon with putting into practice how to teach drill. On the Saturday evening we came together and created individual activities with a scenario in which related tasks would need completing, we passed over all the relevant information and then sat back and observed at the end of the task we came back together to see how the other person felt they did, this was great practice for the inevitable exam on Sunday, although this is very hard although this is very hard to describe it was a great laugh and fantastic seeing everyone else’s ideas. We eventually settled down to bed at approximately 2300 hours. Sunday morning we rose once again at the crack of dawn with a few nerves in the air as today was Exam day! With uniform inspection and breakfast done we sorted our rooms and then headed for the exams at our squadron (2497), these exams included drill, individual exercises and group tasks. We were all complete by 1500 hours which just left our final brief, collection of our belongings and saying goodbyes. I really enjoyed the whole experience, I met some great people from other squadrons and I feel that I have learnt some new skill sets and achieved a great deal. We were all informed that we passed the drill side of the exams but need to wait a few weeks for our final pass or fail result.” Up coming Events : ? NESSCLIFFE JUBILEE CAMP– SATURDAY 9TH JUNE ? WING TRAINING DAY –SUNDAY 10TH JUNE ? SWAT TEAM ( PREP FOR AIR SHOW) 16TH JUNE ? COSFORD AIR SHOWSUNDAY 17TH JUNE ? NEWPORT CIVIC SUNDAY-BAND-24TH JUNE ? D OF E PRACTICE EXPERDITION– 29TH JUNE– 1ST JULY ? SHOOTING WEEKEND (PRIORITY TO CADETS WITHOUT WHT’S)DATES UNDER REVIEW . ? That’s just a quick insight into one of the many courses we do at cadets. For any information regarding NCO courses feel free to ask a member of staff or any of the NCO team. Please feel free to give feedback to WING SHOOTING (NEED TO BE TRAINED ON EITHER NO.8 OR L98 - DATES UNDER REVIEW. Page 1