Sixteen cadets and a host of accompanying staff from 2367 (Banchory) Squadron Air Cadets recently returned from an exhausting weekend at RAF Halton, the Royal Air Force Recruit Training Station, in Buckinghamshire where the cadets represented Scotland and Northern Ireland in a national drill competition.
With 1009 air cadet squadrons and 259 RAF Detachments of the Combined Cadet Force all vying for places in the Corps drill competition, it was a long road for the cadets of the Banchory squadron drill team. But hard work and perseverance (not to mention miles of ironing and gallons of polish) saw the team win Wing and Regional competitions.
Finally the day dawned and the cadets marched out in front of an audience of members of staff and dignitaries from The Air Cadet Organisation and Combined Cadet Forces as well as a host of stern faced RAF Regiment Drill Instructors. Needless to say the cadets were nervous but their hours of practice and long nights of uniform preparation paid off in a near perfect routine accompanied by sparkling uniform.
The cadet’s precise timings and razor sharp creases won them third place for uniform inspection and fifth place in the overall standings leaving just four teams out of 1268 ahead of them - a significant achievement and a testament to their hard work and dedication.
For more information on the Air Training Corps or how you can join, contact 2367 (Banchory) Squadron on (01330) 825567, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit; www.aircadets.org.