This is the second edition of our monthly interview with a cadet on the squadron, revealing more about the activities that are available in cadets, and the useful experiences that have helped to develop our cadets' personalities.
This month, the interviewee is Flight Sergeant (now Cadet Warrant Officer) Georgia Allison, the most senior cadet NCO on the squadron:
How long have you been a cadet?
I have been a cadet for around four and a half years now.
What made you join in the first place?
I joined cadets because I wanted something beneficial to do with my time and saw the Air Cadets advertised around my school. There were a few people I knew at the Crowborough squadron and decided that I wanted to give it a go as they seemed to really enjoy it and gain a lot from it.
You’ve been promoted three times, can you give one piece of advice to a younger cadet who is thinking of applying for promotion?
Just be yourself, show off your strengths and recognise there is always something to work on. The minute you try and be someone you're not you're setting yourself up for failure. Staff will always see right through you but are always there to help you improve.
What is the best activity you have ever taken part in?
The best activity I have ever done would have to be the Overlord March back when I was a new cadet. It was a week long march along the five D-Day beaches in France. It was a great week to meet new people and camp out in France whilst getting a great reception from the French locals for what you are doing.
Last year you became Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for East Sussex, that’s something very prestigious but a lot of people don’t know about it. Can you tell us a bit about what it involves?
Being the Lord Lieutenant’s cadet mostly involves accompanying the Lord Lieutenant when he does visits around East Sussex. This can include Citizenship ceremonies, unveiling of memorials and even Royal Visits. Such as when Princess Anne came to Plumpton for the Riding for the Disabled anniversary. It is a great honour and there is always something new to look forward to.
You’ve recently become a finalist in the CVQO Westminster Awards and will be travelling to South Africa as part of your prize. Can you tell us a bit about what the awards process involved?
The process started with a nomination from the Squadron as recognition for what I have done over the years. A short list was then created from the 2,000 that were nominated to 60 for phase 2 due to what each candidate had done for the community. In stage 2 I had to answer two questions in any way I wanted, many did a video, I just created two essay style answers. One was on the BTEC Scheme and the other was purely about you. After this 40 cadets were selected for the selection weekend in which we went to Somerset and did a series of interviews, leadership tasks and ILM work. A points system was used and just over a month later we found out which 10 or in my case 11 would be going to South Africa.
Another overseas trip you are involved in is the Sussex Wing trip to Peru later this year. What kind of activities will you be taking part in?
In Peru we will firstly be doing a community project with the local orphanage in which we will be helping to build a second floor to there building and exploring the community. In the second week we will be climbing up the Sankey trial which will go past the famous Machu Picchu.
If you were to give one piece of advice to a twelve or thirteen year old who was thinking of joining the RAF Air Cadets what would it be?
You only regret the chances you don't take. Air cadets , if you throw yourself into it, will be the biggest opportunity of your life and you will gain so much more than you ever realise. It is the best decision I made and it could be yours too.