Fit to Fly

Acting Pilot Officer Mike Reeve reports on the annual CUAS training camp.

Thirty-five members of Cambridge University Air Squadron (CUAS) took part in their annual Pre Deployment Leadership Training Camp (PDLT). The purpose of this Camp is to gain currencies in the RAF Fitness Tests (RAFFT), Parachute training Drills, to enable members to fly, to integrate new members into the Squadron and to develop leadership, followership and teamwork skills.

The Camp started at RAF Wyton with the RAFFT and Para Drills, followed by an inter–flight sports competition, creating a positive competitive spirit between A and B Flts. After this we made the short commute to our new home RAF Wittering.

Saturday consisted of a combination of High and Low Ropes, and Leadership Challenges devised by the staff and the Senior Students. The aim of the ropes course was to push students out of their comfort zones to develop personal courage and teamwork. These were conducted by our Ground Training Instructor, Sgt Jimmy Gregory, and our new OC, Squadron Leader Rich Kellett. The leadership tasks required students to promote and develop the skills mentioned previously such as followership, teamwork and communication.

Once we completed a debrief of the day, students took part in a fitness circuit session with Sgt Gregory; fitness is a very important component in Air Squadron life and something Sgt Gregory takes very seriously. After quickly showering we enjoyed more of what RAF Wittering had to offer in terms of entertainment facilities with an inter–flight bowling competition, which saw some hilarious bowling techniques to say the least.

After an early departure from RAF Wittering on a sunny but frosty Sunday morning, we returned to RAF Wyton for a Boot Run and Battle PT session, giving the new recruits a taster of military training and further  developing the Squadron’s team cohesion, robustness and competitive spirit.

The camp was a great success in achieving the aims of developing all the skills we set out to complete and allowing CUAS’s new recruits to be integrated fully into the Squadron, ensuring that CUAS became one team. The Squadron also had a great opportunity to see its new home, RAF Wittering, for the first time and to sample its delights; all are excited for what the future holds.