As a member of the Air Training Corps Cadets, Matthew shares his experiences of the benefits of being part of the organisation & his recent experience during Remembrance Day 2021.
"On the 11th of November 2021, I attended the Remembrance Day parade in Douglas, Isle of Man. This included bearing a standard within a parade & marching to the Cenotaph, where multiple people including His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, paid their respects by laying wreaths & observing a minute’s silence. As the parade was held on a Friday, I was able to attend as CND allowed me the time off.
My experience with the Air Training Corps (ATC) has been both positive & beneficial it has given me invaluable life lessons, skills, experiences & qualifications, which I would never have had the opportunity If wasn't in the ATC.
Moving into a Volunteer Staff role has enabled me to impart the skills I have gained onto new Cadets & help them take full advantage of all the opportunities within the Corps. Multiple courses are available for volunteering staff members, allowing us to become instructors within the organisation & deliver specialised training in many fields. Not only does volunteering with a Military Youth Organisation provide useful training & experiences, but it also allows you to help young people develop their skills & training which will help them later in life.
Computer Network Defence understand the importance of myself attending cadet events such as Remembrance parades & training camps. CND supports me in these ventures & allows me time off for such duties."