- D of E
- First Aid
Locally the Squadron Band can be seen leading the Remembrance Day Parade in Little Hulton or playing at the occasional carnival in and around the area.
The Squadron has a drum and trumpet band that practices regularly. If you practice regularly, you will have the opportunity to take the relevant badge test.
Musician Blue Badge
The blue badge replaces the badges already presented and awarded on the basis of musical ability.
Wing Musician Bronze Badge
Awarded for Wing musical representation, having achieved Blue Musician Badge.
Regional Musician Silver Badge
Awarded for Regional musical representation, having achieved Blue or Bronze Musician Badge.
National Musician Gold Badge
Awarded for National music representation, having achieved Blue, Bronze or Silver Musician Badge.
For National Piper complete an ACF Annual Pipes and Drums Concentration and performance at Inverness and Dingwall.
From October 2010 the squadron offered the opportunity for band members, to register for the BTEC Level 2 in Music for Practical Performance. This is administrated by the Cadet Vocational Qualifications Office. Those cadets who pass their badge test and gain Leading Cadet and above and who are in year 11 and under 18 who wish to engage in some extra course work can apply to register. There are two work books and some work will be required outside of cadet normal activity.
Each year selected cadets are chosen to attend an Easter, summer or autumn camp at a RAF Station for a week. The aim of camps are to allow cadets, the opportunity to gain work experience. To participate in activities such as flying, shooting, leadership and sports, as well as living away from home for a week.
Senior cadets have the opportunity to attend overseas camps in Gibraltar, Cyprus and Germany.
Use of different Stations or sites take place at different times of the year. RAF Cosford and Shawbury are used regularly by the Squadron, to run sports leaders courses, shooting weekends and leadership courses.
The Communications Syllabus starts almost straight away during basic training, when new cadets learn about simple radio communication procedures and the phonetic alphabet.
Basic Radio Operator & Cyber Awarness
The Blue badge is an introduction to the competent use a radio for general administrative duties and small exercises where the use of correct procedures must be demonstrated. There is also a requirement to watch the introduction to Cyber Security video that looks at; online footprints, texting, sexting and cyber bullying.
Radio Operator Bronze Badge
Having achieved the Basic Radio Operator and Cyber Awareness Blue Badge, the aim is to give a cadet the skills required to be a radio operator for a flight of cadets during an exercise.
Radio Communications Silver Badge
Following on from the Radio Operator Bronze Badge, the following training aims to develop the skills required to run a network control station during a radio led exercise and further develop communication skills.
Radio Communications Specialist Gold Badge
This training aims to develop the skills required to build a complete radio station, either in a building or in the field. There are two modules within this training: Technical Skills and Radio Deployment.
Cyber Foundation Bronze Badge
This training aims to develop the skills and knowledge required to understand and protect oneself from the dangers inherent in modern information and communication technology.
Cyber Specialist Silver Badge
This training aims to develop the skills required to creatively use information and communication technology in a responsible, competent and confident way.
Advanced Cyber Specialist Gold Badge
This training aims to develop the skills required to protect networks from intrusion and test those networks using Penetration Testing techniques.
Drill training takes place frequently, especially when you are new. More experienced cadets practise at continuity drill, where drill is performed without commands.
Each year we pick a team from the squadron and train them for the Wing Drill Competition.
Squadron Flights compete annually for the Inter-Flight Drill Trophies. There are three categories to this competition:
- Best Uniform Inspection
- Best Drill Flight
- Best NCO I/C Flight
Inter-Flight Drill Competition 2016
Winners - B Flight
Runners Up - A Flight
Road Marching Bronze Badge
The Bronze Road Marching Badge is awarded for completing 2 days of road marching at recognised events.
Road Marching Silver Badge
Awarded for completing 4 days of road marching at recognised events.
Road Marching Gold Badge - Nijmegen
Awarded for completing 2 days of road marching at a qualifying event and 4 days of road marching during the Nijmegen International 4-Day Marches.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age to start.
There are several elements to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme:
- Residential Project (Gold only)
To find out what is required to achieve a Bronze, Silver and Gold D of E Award...
D of E Badges
This is includes the ACO Pre-Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Blue Badge. This is an Air Cadet award that can be completed by those cadets who are not yet old enough to start the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Gold Award Presentation
We have attended St. James Palace in London and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh for several years, as cadets gain their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Gold Award Presentations...
Training is carried out at all levels through-out the squadron syllabus. To start with, cadets normally complete a Heart Start Course soon after joining the squadron. This is just a few hours long and may be combined with the next stage of first aid training.
Youth First Aid
Activity First Aid
Heartstart Blue Badge
The blue Hearstart badge is the introduction to First Aid in the Air Cadet Organisation. The award is an initiative coordinated by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to promote and develop Emergency Life Support.
Youth First Aid Bronze Badge
The aim of this award is to provide enhanced first aid training. The qualification is valid for 3 years.
Activity First Aid Silver Badge
The aim of this award is to provide comprehensive first aid training. A Cadet with Method of Instruction qualification can teach and assess Youth First Aid Bronze Badge. The qualification is valid for 3 years.
Instructor First Aid Gold Badge
This award is gained by passing a weeks training course at regional level to become an assessor for Activity First Aid Silver Badge. The cadet will be a minimum age of 16 years. An Instructor Cadet who has achieved an Activity First Aid Silver Badge.
All Staff who participate in shooting training, coaching or who act as weapon handling instructors, are extremely well qualified to the highest standards. Any parents or guardians who are concerned, about weapon training are welcome to visit the squadron for any further information.
Cadets are tested regularly on each rifle they handle, before they are allowed to fire live on a range. There is extensive classroom work and practice before we take them to the range. The introductory rifle that most cadets start to train on, is the No 8 .22 and is a single shot, manual feed rifle.
The cadets then progress to the L98-A2 rifle, which is based on the military SA80. The difference between the two, is that the SA80 is an automatic rifle, while the L98 is a semi-automatic rifle.
Firing from ranges of 10m - 300m, the cadets aim to attain the various marksmanship levels. To earn this requires a great deal of marksmanship training. Training is extensive and it takes time to achieve this standard at shooting.
No 8 Rifle
Trained Shot Badge
This indicates a cadet has become competent in safely handling and firing a weapon.
This encourages participation in shooting and progression through the Live Fire Lessons.
Advanced Marksman Badge
This encourages further participation in shooting to develop a higher level of marksmanship.
Competition Marksman Badge
This provides a further challenge through participation in National shooting competitions. Cadets who participate in competitions, having successfully completed the required Live Fire Lessons on the weapon system, will be eligible for the Competition Marksman Badge.
The Squadron has a busy sports programme. We compete against 36 other squadrons in Greater Manchester Wing in the following sports:
Athletics, 5-a-side football, volleyball, swimming, cross country, table tennis, hockey, rugby and netball.
If you are a talented sports person, then you could go on to represent Greater Manchester Wing in the North Regional competitions.
If you are even more gifted, you could find yourself representing North Region, in the National Championships and if you are outstanding you could represent, the Air Training Corps against the Army Cadet Force and the Sea Cadet Force.
At each level from wing representation you will earn a Certificate and Badge, known as Wing, Regional and Corps Blue. Back down to earth, the two flights on the squadron also compete at the various sporting activities.
Cross Country Team
In addition to the swimming competitions, held at the various levels, there are swimming awards. These are in three categories:
They are completed through-out the year given the opportunity.
Sports Leaders Awards
As a Squadron, we run our own Sports Leaders Courses. From September 2010 new courses were introduced and some courses were re-named. They are now presented in a different format in order to qualify for the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF). We offer the following awards:
- Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership
- Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership
- Level 2 Community Sports Leaders Award
We can also offer the Level 3 Higher Sports Leaders Award, for those who must be over 18 to qualify. Although candidates can start the course from 16 as long as they are holders of the Level 2 Community Award. These awards could help you to get a part time job, as a leisure centre assistant if you want a career in sports. They also allow you to safely run a sports session for new or younger cadets. You will receive a certificate on completion of this course.