Corporal Hallam-Rudd tells us about his experience of the Corps Drill and Ceremonial Camp. In what was a competitive process to even gain a place, we're very proud of what you managed to achieve corporal!
Recently, I attended the Corps Drill and Ceremonial camp at Beckingham training area. I arrived nervous about my first corps camp but excited for what lay ahead.
After our arrival, we had time to get to know our roommates before we were introduced to our flights, who we would be parading with at the end of the week.
Throughout the week, we were gradually introduced to arms drill movements. We started with basic moves like changing arms, before moving onto more complex things like presenting arms. On Tuesday we were introduced to the sequence which we were going to perform at RAF Waddington in front of our parents, regional staff and Air Commodore McCafferty, Commandant Air Cadets.
Alongside learning the drill sequence we also took part in other activities such as climbing, shooting paintballs at target and clay pigeon shooting.
When it came to Friday, the day of the parade, we were driven to RAF Waddington and had one final run-through of the sequence, marching to the beat of the band and making sure that we didn’t drop the rifles!
It then came to the time we’d been working towards all week. I was incredibly proud as we marched onto the parade square in front of all of the VIPs. We got a surprise halfway through the parade, as when we did present arms we were greeted by a flypast by the Red Arrows. It was a superb way to finish off a brilliant week!
Overall, it was a brilliant camp, with a fantastic final parade and I would highly recommend this camp to all cadets willing to work hard!