South West Region

Tactical Leadership Course Success

In the months from September to October, a little more than 100 cadets took part in Thames Valley Wing Air Cadets’ fieldcraft courses.  Also known as the ‘Tactical Leadership Courses’, they culminated in a blank firing exercise with cadets, a first for the Wing.  Throughout, cadets were given progressive opportunities to learn and demonstrate skills from camouflage and concealment to section-level tactics with training ammunition, all whilst developing their communication, teamwork and leadership skills.


The courses took place at Abingdon Station and at Bramley Training Area, near Basingstoke, and were directed by a qualified and experienced staff team of more than 30-strong.  Flt Lt Dan Azizian, the Wing’s Fieldcraft Training Officer, wants every cadet to experience what these courses have to offer.

“These cadets learn the important balance of independence, leadership and teamwork in a military setting, with those in the most advanced levels having the added challenge and privilege of operating with a weapon system and training ammunition.  The many skills they learn are transferable to every day life and careers, whether in the military or not; these opportunities are rare to come by in life and all cadets should be seizing them whenever they can.”


The next set of Tactical Leadership Courses starts in March 2019; cadets can learn more from their Squadron staff or by visiting the Wing’s Fieldcraft Facebook page

These exercises are strictly controlled and supervised by qualified and experienced staff members, as shown;

  • What did you do this weekend? 421 Totnes Squadron were
  • Cadets and Staff from 13 City of Exeter Sqn travelled
  • The day continues with banner drill from Dorset  Wilts
  • The day begins with Thames Vally first up for inspection
  • Last weekend saw cadets compete in the Regional First Aid
  • RAF Museum Hendon with hantsiowwingrafac at summer camp at rafhaltonofficial
  • Congratulations to 7OS Jersey Squadron for winning the Morris Trophy
  • Cadets from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wing took part
  • SW Region with their haul of trophies from Copes Athletics