A JNCO Course (Junior Non-Commissioned Officers course) is designed
to prepare cadets ready for promotion to take on the responsibility
of being a figure of authority. Or to give newly appointed JNCO's
all the information that they need to be a successful NCO. The first
rank of NCO is Corporal, this is the rank that the cadets on the
course are being prepared for. Some of the cadets on the course
were corporals, two of the representatives from our squadron were
newly promoted, and this course gave them the confidence they needed
to be even more successful at their position. The third representative
from 121 was a newly qualified senior cadet and he found this course
very useful and has provided him with everything that he will need
in the future when he receives his promotion.
The course entailed of lessons on leadership style, drill and dress
regulations (something that all NCO's must have a sound knowledge
of), the role of a JNCO, leadership, and then we had time in the
evening to prepare for a presentation (this again is something that
all NCO's must be confident and competent at doing). Some examples
of the topics that the presentations were focused on were:-
- Should the air training corps reduce the entrance age to the
corps to 11 years and 3 months discuss points for and against
and come up with an overall verdict.
- Cadets are leaving the squadron at a great rate find ways to
get these cadets back and find ways to recruit new cadets.
We arrived at RAF Cosford in Shropshire on Friday 22nd February
at 2030hrs, as soon as we arrived we were introduced to the members
of staff on the course and split down into our various syndicates
(groups) these were distinguished by a coloured label worn on the
uniform of each cadet. Once this had been completed we were allocated
accommodation. This enabled us to get a feel to what the RAF is
truly like as all cadets from 121 will be enlisting in the RAF in
the near future. On the Saturday morning we got up at 0615hrs and
prepared our uniform so that it was immaculate for the day ahead,
this again was very useful because a JNCO is expected to set an
example to other cadets. Unfortunately the day was very long and
tiring but we learnt a lot from the lessons. We ate in the airman's
mess, where we were initiated to some of the 'rules' of the mess
halls, i.e. no hats in the mess and no shorts!!!
The Sunday entailed of leadership exercises, where each cadet in
each syndicate got an opportunity to lead the group. This is where
we put all the skills we had learned on the previous day into practise.
One of the exercises involved getting 5 litres of 'heavy water'
across a 10 metre gap, with only 3 chairs and 2 wooden palettes
which separated us from the 'electrical charged floor' where we
couldn't touch the water and had small polystyrene cups to fill
Cadet Barber, a senior cadet that went on this course said "This
course was 100% useful, I will remember the skills that it taught
me for a long time!"
Corporal Griffiths said: "This course was extremely useful
and thoroughly enjoyable"
Corporal Richardson said: "This course gave me the opportunity
to socialise with cadets that I have met on previous camps and to
enhance my leadership skills!"