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Candidates must meet the following criteria:
a. Be aged 17 years or over
b. Hold the rank of Cadet Corporal or above.
c. Hold the classification of Senior Cadet or above.
d. Be competent in land navigation and map reading.
e. Be physically fit and sufficiently robust to complete this demanding course.
f. Have completed the basic ATC syllabus of fieldcraft training.
g. Have successfully completed a Wing NCO Course or equivalent training.
h. Completed training and a Weapons Handling Test on the L98A2 Rifle. Applications will still be considered if a WHT has recently expired.
Preferable, but not essential criteria:
a. Hold the rank of Cadet Sergeant or above. Those holding the rank of Cadet Corporal will need a strong endorsement accordingly from their Sqn Cdr.
b. Attended an Air Cadet Leadership Course or comparable ACF course.
c. Achieved St John Ambulance Youth First Aid Qualification or higher.
a. Command Tasks.
b. Presentation – Individual 5 mins, no visual aids.
d. Planning Exercise.
e. Competence Tests in Navigation and Fieldcraft.
f. Fitness Assessment.
g. Group Discussion.
Selection – Command Tasks. For this phase of selection, the candidate will be placed into a group with up to ten other candidates. Candidates will complete one task as the leader and up to ten other exercises in either a key role or subordinate role. We are looking for evidence of the candidate’s confidence and resilience, oral communication, influence, problem solving and teamwork.
Selection – Presentation Phase. For this phase the candidate should prepare a five minute presentation without visual aids on a subject of their choice. We are looking for evidence of confidence, impact, relevant content and maturity.
Selection – Interview Phase. For this phase the candidate will take part in an interview with one or two assessing officers. The interview will last up to ten minutes. We are looking at the candidate's manner, speech and power of expression, activities and interests, awareness, motivation and overall impact.
Selection – Planning Exercise. For this phase, candidates will complete a table-top planning exercise with both individual and group elements. We are looking at the candidate’s ability to make reasoned decisions using people, equipment and time effectively, as well as to communicate with and influence others.
Selection – Competence Tests. For this phase the candidate will take part in some practical tests in land navigation and basic fieldcraft. These tests will be conducted in an outside environment. We are looking for a demonstration of your practical knowledge in both subjects.
Selection – Fitness Phase. Physical Fitness is a key attribute for Junior Leaders and ensures that students are of a suitable fitness level to operate in the field environment. Students are tested to the same standard as the RAF Fitness Test which is made up of three elements:
a. 1.5 mile run will test aerobic endurance (Males - under 11 min 11 Sec, Females - under 13 min 30 Sec).
b. Sit Ups will test core strength (Males - over 35 in 1 min, Females - over 32 in 1 min).
c. Press Ups will test upper body strength and ability (Males - over 20 in 1 min, Females - over 10 in 1 min).
We require a pass in all three elements in order to be offered a place on the Course.
Selection - Group Discussion Phase. For this phase, candidates must speak up for themselves and demonstrate listening and understanding skills over three or four subjects. The assessing officer will change the subject every few minutes. We are looking for confidence, oral communication and influence.
The Course is timetabled from Sep to Easter and comprises nine training weekends (from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) and a Test Phase of ten days duration. Provisional course dates are at Annex A. The main course comprises the following modules:
a. Phase 1 Training. This includes the necessary core skills required to be applied during later elements of the course. They include transactional and transformational leadership, public speaking and presentation skills, social skills, group dynamics and syndicate work, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 project work, physical training and endurance, weapon training, advanced navigation and preparation and delivery of orders groups.
b. Phase 2 Training. On successful completion of Phase 1 Training, Phase 2 Training works on application and practical training. This includes field leadership skills, section commander skills including planning, delivery and execution, practical leadership and management, mission command and physical endurance.
c. Test Phase. On successful completion of Phase 1 and 2 Training, candidates will be invited to Test Phase which is designed to thoroughly test all aspects taught.