Reserves Day 2018

With Armed Forces Day 2018 just three days away, Wednesday 27th June 2018 was designated Reserves Day.

To mark Reserves Day, 2120 Squadron spoke to two of its adult instructors, Flying Officer Alastair Young and Flight Sergeant Rachel Reeve about why they volunteer in the Cadet forces.

Rank and Name
Flying Officer Alastair Young

Squadron Role
Training Officer

Civilian Profession
Management Consultant

Q1. Why do you volunteer in the Air Cadets?
It’s a means of saying thanks for an absolutely brilliant experience as an air cadet in my own youth – including gliding and flying scholarships – which, in turn, led to an extremely rewarding career in the regular RAF, during which I achieved my ambition of flying fast jets.

Q2. What have you learnt about yourself since joining the RAF Air Cadets?
I actually quite like working with teenagers!

Q3. What’s the most satisfying part of volunteering in the cadets?
Seeing them change their attitude from ‘I’ll never be able to do that’ to ‘Wow, I just did that!’. Moreover, at a pivotal time in their lives when being able to believe in themselves enough to take a step into the unknown can result in a lifetime’s worth of enhanced opportunities.

Q4. What would you say to anyone considering becoming an Air Cadet volunteer?
Absolutely jump right in. Modern life relies far more than previously on the volunteering culture for everything from libraries, through community buses to ‘our world’ of extracurricular education and adventure training. Every single person can make a positive difference.

Rank and Name
Flight Sergeant Rachel Reeve

Squadron Role
Adjutant

Civilian Profession
Senior Sales Co-ordinator of Educational Books

Q1. Why do you volunteer in the Air Cadets?
There’s a lot of satisfaction of being able to provide young people with a rewarding experience. I saw the enjoyment both my children took from being Cadets and I wanted to help contribute to that success for other young people.

Q2. What have you learnt about yourself since joining the RAF Air Cadets?
I am able to achieve things I never used to and my confidence has grown.

Q3. What’s the most satisfying part of volunteering in the cadets?
Seeing the cadets achieve things that they thought they would never do! It’s hugely rewarding when you see them walk in beaming after their first flight or hill ascent.

Q4. What would you say to anyone considering becoming an Air Cadet volunteer?
Do it. It brings enormous satisfaction and rewards to both cadets and staff alike, and there’s nothing like that feeling anywhere else.

Flying Officer Young and Flight Sergeant Reeve are just two of twenty three volunteer instructors at 2120 Squadron and ten thousand plus nationally.

If you believe you have what it takes to become an Adult volunteer in the Air Training Corps at one of the twenty six Squadrons in Thames Valley Wing, either in a uniformed or civilian role, then click on the Contact button to speak to a member of Squadron staff and learn more.