Sergeant Kieren Clarke- Hill, 23, is a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer with 19 (Crawley) Squadron. From Horsham, Kieren is a stock controller at Tesco. Kieren was a cadet with 1015 (Horsham) Squadron and, after leaving at the age of 20, he became a civilian instructor. He has just been promoted to Adult Sergeant and has moved to 19 (Crawley) Squadron where he is responsible for drill and discipline.
Kieren believes that he owes many of his life skills to the ATC including some common sense and how to motivate and manage difficult people and situations. He said “My family are all from an Army background and so the interest in the military has always been there. However, I remember going to the Shoreham Air Show when I was 12 years old and being fascinated by the planes. I did my first flight when I was 14 and I remember being absolutely terrified.
The pilot and staff were so brilliant though and really helped to calm me down and I ended up flying three times as a cadet and once as a member of staff.” He continued “Being in the cadets helped to set me straight – I was very naughty at school and it helped to bring me into line. There are a lot of cadets who join who are just like I used to be and it’s very rewarding to point them in the right direction and see them come out of their shells and become young, responsible and respectful adults.”
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