Army Cadets Achieve on Courses

Cadets from Henley Detachment, Oxfordshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) have been busy gaining qualifications on a variety of virtual courses over the half term.

The ACF offers a variety of progressive training along with the opportunity to gain further qualifications. Six Cadets from Henley successfully completed their BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development last month. They covered a variety of units such as Employment Skills, Career Planning, Teamwork & Communication Skill, this qualification also earns the Cadets UCAS points.

As well as formal qualifications that can be used outside of cadets, inside of cadets, there are courses which develop their personal skills such as the Senior Cadet Instructors Cadre (SCIC). The SCIC is a five-day course where senior cadets learn and develop teaching techniques as well as their ACF knowledge. They will then pass this onto their junior cadets. Henley Detachment had three cadets that successfully passed their SCIC, as a part of their final test they had to present three lessons via Zoom back to the other candidates.

Cadet Colour Serjeant Poolan teaching Drill on the last SCIC (Pre COVID-19).

Finally, Cadet Corporal Charlie James successfully completed a Five-day Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Course. The STEM Course is designed for cadets to have an opportunity to view, experience and understand STEM in an Armed Forces context and encourage cadets to continue these subjects in GCSE, A-levels & beyond. Cadet Corporal James will receive a badge to wear on his cadet uniform and a certificate of graduation as an Industrial Cadet Silver Level.

Henley Detachment Commander, Adult Under Officer Mel Haynes would like “to congratulate all the Henley cadets who have continued to develop their skills and qualifications virtually. They have all worked hard and have shown commitment. I am very impressed that the cadets spent their half term on these courses as well as balancing their college work or part time jobs. Congratulations to Cadet Colour Serjeant Jamie Forehand, Cadet Serjeant Jess Smyth, Cadet Serjeant Maria Korsunova, Cadet Corporal Lilyarna Franklin, Cadet Corporal Stephanie Green, Cadet Corporal Charlie James and Cadet Lance Corporal Abbie Addiscott- Allen.”

Five Henley cadets ready to deploy into the field on the last SCIC (Pre-COVID-19).

The Army Cadet Force is a national youth organisation sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Defence. For 12-18-year olds, designed to deliver challenging and varied training based on military themes and concepts. Henley Detachment at the Drill Hall in Friday Street & parade every Wednesday from 1900 to 2130hrs. We would love for new Cadets and Adult Volunteers to come visit us and experience something new, whether that is our virtual parade night or once we re-open for face to face training.  For any Henley Detachment enquires please email AUO Mel Haynes,