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A great job being done with Shirley Air Cadets

By Ian Courts - Posted on 19 April 2015


The speaker at Solihull Club's meeting on 2 April was Flight Lieutenant Elliot Hermes from the 492 (Solihull) Squadron of the Royal Air Force Cadets.The Air Training Corps (ATC) is part of the Air Cadet Organization (ACO) which also includes RAF Sections of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF): the Air Training Corps is a voluntary youth organization supported by the Royal Air Force.

With almost 41,000 members, aged from 13 to 20 years, within over 1,000 Squadrons, the ATC is one of the country's premier youth organizations and the world's largest youth air training organization. The Cadets are supported by a volunteer Staff of nearly 10,000 plus 5,000 Civilian Committee Members!

Elliot is an engineer by day, working for Jaguar Land Rover; he devotes much of his spare time to running the 492 Squadron, locally based at Shirley). Cadets are involved in many activities designed to develop leadership skills and team work and have won countless awards. Some activities lead to formal qualifications and in general, participation in AFC activities is widely respected by employers. The squadron also works with other organisations such as Naval Cadets. More information on their website. What an amazing insight into the great work done here for our young people!

Photo by Steve Evans, Seven Star   0121 704 0564