Leadership Success for Sheldon

An air cadet from 1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon) Squadron recently completed the prestigious Air Cadet Leadership Course (ACLC) at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, home of Officer and Aircrew training for the RAF.  

Cadet Sergeant Sheldon Gray has been part of 1239 Squadron for the last four years and was fortunate to have his application accepted for the ACLC, as the course only accepts 160 places a year from the best cadets across the United Kingdom.   

The Air Cadet Leadership Course is one of the most intensive and enjoyable courses on offer to air cadets and is designed to develop and test cadets from both the Air Training Corps (ATC) and CCF (RAF). The week-long course and brings together cadets from all over the United Kingdom, and involves high standards of discipline throughout. The course content includes teamwork, lectures, drill, fitness, navigation, field exercises and leadership command tasks - all designed to build and develop teamwork and leadership skills. Many of the skills taught are transferrable into civilian and military careers that the cadets may pursue later in life.

Throughout the week Sergeant Gray was subjected to a number of the leadership tasks, and had to complete an orienteering course, compete in a log run and take part in a night navigation exercise. As the week progressed two nights were spent 'in the field' living under the stars in a makeshift shelter. Once the field training was finished, the course returned to RAF College Cranwell for a formal passing out parade in front of family and VIPs. During the passing out parade Sergeant Gray was presented with his ACLC badge by the Commandant, RAF College Cranwell, Air Commodore David J Stubbs OBE ADC FRAeS RAF. 

Sergeant Gray being presented with his Air Cadet Leadership Course Badge from Air Commodore David J Stubbs OBE ADC FRAeS RAF, Commandant, RAF College Cranwell.

Commenting on his achievements Sergeant Gray said: "To date, this has been the best experience of my cadet career. I was challenged both mentally and physically from the moment I arrived, the week was truly amazing and I enjoyed every aspect of it. I felt extremely proud of my achievements during the passing out parade in the spectacular grounds of the RAF College."  

Officer Commanding 1239 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Mark Richards said: "This is a highly sought after course and only a small percentage of those cadets who apply to attend are accepted. During the week, the cadets cover a varied spectrum of content and learn so much about themselves, and others, it really does help them to improve their self confidence and leadership capabilities. I'm very pleased and proud that Sgt Gray has successfully completed the course - he is certainly a role model for younger members of the Squadron - Well Done!".