Adult Under Officer – Wendy White – Y Company, Hampshire and IOW ACF
Wendy White is an Adult Under Officer with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force. After her sons enrolment as a Cadet, Wendy was impressed with his boost in confidence, his health improvement and general attitude to school and other activities.
Initially out of her comfort zone, Wendy has become a ranges safety officer and has learnt a range of skills from teaching, teamwork right through to skill at arms. Wendy found that the skills and experiences she has learned, reflected well in her work.
Wendy said; “I wanted to give that support to teenagers and learn new skills myself. I absolutely love it and I have met some amazing people.”
Flight Lieutenant – Sarah Sturgeon – 2260 Waterlooville Squadron ATC
As a Cadet previously, Sarah wanted to give back some of the fantastic experiences she had herself with the Air Cadets. Sarah took on a failing Cadet unit and with her hard work and dedication, has lead the unit on to become South West Region Marshall Trophy Winners.
Alongside helping Cadets achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Sarah has also successfully graduated in City & Guilds in Youth Leadership and Management, which she believes has complemented her work with the RAF. Her employers are very supportive of her role as an adult volunteer and give her 5 days annual leave for her work with the Cadets.
Captain RMC Chris Spratt – Portsmouth Volunteer Cadet Corps – HMS Excellent
Chris Spratt is an adult volunteer with Portsmouth Volunteer Cadet Corps. After being a cadet himself, he wanted to give back to the community what he learnt from his time with Cadets.
Chris described his real sense of achievement whilst working with brilliant youngsters and helping inspirational young people develop into Responsible and Dependable Adults. He also feels that it has enhance his Leadership and Planning Skills which brings an added benefit to his employers.
WO2 Andrea Colpitts – RMVCC (Portsmouth) Whale Island HMS Excellent
Andrea Colpitts became involved with the Cadets after her son as a Cadet with the RMVCC. He has returned to the cadets as an Adult volunteer.
Andrea enjoys motivating the children and it has become a big part of her life. She finds great joy in watching the young cadets grow into well-adjusted young adults.
She finds it heart-warming knowing that she has made a difference to the children and that they will take their skills and experiences into adulthood.