1181 Squadron Cadets visit RAF Honington

The photogrpah above supplied by 1181 Squadron shows Cadet Syrett.

Two Air Cadets from 1181 (Syston) Squadron, Leicester woke up early on the first day of half term to catch a train from Leicester station to Bury St Edmunds, where they would start their week of work experience with the Royal Air Force Regiment. When Cadet Corporal Mott and Cadet Syrett both arrived at RAF Honington, they were given a number, bed and bedding and sent to dinner whilst the other cadets were arriving. Later that night, they were briefed on what to expect of their week and the activities that they would be taking part in.
On Tuesday morning, all of the Air Cadets woke up at 6.00am and were ready to be formed up outside at 6.30am to head to breakfast. After breakfast, the cadets had to head back to their rooms to clean up before making their way to RAF Honington for the day’s activities. They spent most of the day out and about with the RAF Regiment, taking part in physical activities including the bleep test, push ups, sit ups and even a swimming test. The hardest of these proved to be the Skirmish Exercise which is a non stop one hour physical training session. Later in the day they were given the chance to have a look at some of the firearms that the RAF Regiment use before returning to their accommodation to relax for the evening.
On Wednesday, cadets took part in an obstacle course, activities with the RAF recruitment teams and a look around the RAF Regiment Museum. After a busy day of activities, the cadets were given the chance to relax and sort out their personal admin.
On Thursday, the cadets woke up knowing that it was the last full day, which was to be packed full of activities! In the morning, there was a presentation that the cadets had to give followed by a tour around the force protection squadron at RAF Honington. After lunch, the afternoon was full of great activities including lots of fieldcraft.
It was a fantastic week and I’ve learnt so much from it!

Cadet Sean Syrett
(Aged 16)

Since writing this article Cadet Corporal Mott has enlisted to the  RAF.

1181 Squadron meet on a Monday and Thursday from 7.00pm to 8.30pm and are based in the ATC hut in the grounds of Wreake Valley College. We are actively recruit new members and any interested parties should contact Flying Officer Kenyon on [email protected]