13 company | South West London | Army Cadet Force (ACF)
Being a cadet is extremely important for me because of all of the valuable skills I can acquire as well as being able to make new and amazing friendships and memories with different people.
From being able to fire weapons in mock battle scenarios to camping out in the pitch black of a forest surrounded by the tension of maybe a surprise attack, Being a cadet is exciting!!
How long have you been a cadet?
I have been part of the ACF for just over four years now and have been attending 136 Detachment since September 2018.
What is your favourite part of being in the cadets?
My favourite thing about being a cadet has been being able to explore new and fun activities while learning and growing as a person and sharpening critical skills that I will hopefully use later on in life, such as leadership, etc.
My favourite subject in cadets has got to be field craft.
Especially during the 2022 annual camp where we were able to experience a great opportunity of training with regular soldiers from the grenadier guards. It was probably the most memorable and fun experience I have had in the ACF yet.
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What have you achieved as a cadet?
As a cadet, I truly believe that I have grown as a person to have qualities which I can use fully to my advantage in the future as well as being able to help others. I have learnt how to be brave, have courage, be a leader, figure out problems by myself and so much more.
Furthermore, cadets have been a getaway from some of the stressful things in life. I have been able to form a new family in my detachment and with my entire company and there are people whom I truly do trust and whom I can go and talk to in times of hardship and or need if necessary.
How do you feel about being a corporal?
Moreover, being a cadet corporal, I have been able to teach and help younger cadets to learn and prosper in their cadet careers as well as being someone that they trust and can come talk to in times of sadness. This has helped me to understand a greater sense of fulfilment and I feel like the only reason why I can act in such a way and help them is that cadets are and have always been there for me in both direct and indirect ways.