As Cadets become more experienced, they can take on extra responsibilities and have further opportunities to develop their self-confidence and leadership skills.
Leadership can be learnt and developed. The aim of our Leadership Courses is to focus attention on the personal characteristics that our cadets should be seeking to develop. The leadership qualities that we teach them will serve them well wherever they go and whatever they do.
Formal leadership training is provided at the following three levels – which will seriously challenge a cadet and bring out their leadership skills.
Wing and Regional Leadership Courses
Typically two or three days long, aimed at training potential Junior NCOs (Corporals) and Senior NCOs (Sergeants and above). The Courses are designed to bring out natural leaders and successful candidates should improve their rank.
Cadet Leadership Courses
There are three types of Cadet Leadership Courses, which are aimed at 16 and 17 year olds. Each course lasts a week and ends with the award of the Cadet Leadership Badge if completed. The Army Cadet Force (ACF) runs three courses over the Easter period at Nesscliff in Shropshire and three courses in July at Frimley Park in Surrey. Sea Cadets also take part along with Army Cadets, so be ready for some serious competition! The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) runs an Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF Cranwell each July which is open to air cadets from both the CCF and the ATC. Those who pass a CLC are awarded an Air Cadet Leadership Course Badge.
The Air Cadet Junior Leaders Course
The Junior Leaders Course is physically demanding and requires real commitment and determination. The course, which runs from September to Easter, involves nine weekend training camps and an assessment week. A big step up from the Cadet Leadership Courses, the Junior Leaders Course is aimed at older cadets – you must be 17 or older in the year you begin the course. It’s also open to Sea Cadets and Army Cadets and culminates in the award of a Level Two Certificate in Team Leadership from the Institute of Leadership and Management. Cadets who pass may also wear a coveted red lanyard (in place of an instructor cadet lanyard). This is the toughest but most rewarding of our leadership courses – success will indicate the makings of a very successful leader.
Personal Awareness Courses
In addition to those formal leadership courses, the Air Cadets sponsor Personal Awareness Courses at the Joint services Chaplaincy in Hampshire. These courses are aimed at you if you’re 16 and over and have demonstrated leadership potential and are designed to develop good citizenship skills. Although they are set against a background of the Christian faith they are open to everyone. A similar course, Leadership for Life is held annually in Scotland.