This week local MP Sheryll Murray visited both Liskeard and Saltash air cadets at their respective bases to see some of the range of activities they undertake and to learn more about them.
The Royal Air Force Air Cadets give young people a chance to experience life in the services. As well as meeting regularly at their bases the cadets can get to experience outdoor activities including camps, overseas visits and many more local adventures in places like Dartmoor. Being the Air Cadets they also have the opportunity to get airborne with gliders, flight experiences and can even work towards their air cadet wings which could lead to further training which will help towards their Private Pilot's Licence.
The cadets undertake a very wide syllabus. They receive training to achieve awards and can also progress within the organisation by increasing in rank.
In a statement following her visit Sheryll said, “I was really impressed by the young men and women of the Air Cadets. They really seemed to enjoy the cadets and I would like to thank them for giving me an insight into the activities they undertake. I would also like to pay special gratitude to them for all the assistance they give to their respective communities in assisting with events. They really are a great asset to our community.
“It is not just the cadets of course. I was really impressed by the adults who volunteer to allow the cadets to do all they do. They gave so much of their time to help the next generation be the best they can be.
“If anyone would like to know more about the cadets I am happy to give them the details of the cadets in their area if they contact our office or people can visit their national website at www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets
“I would really recommend it for any young person or indeed any adult who wishes to join as a volunteer."