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Cadets achieve Bronze DofE Awards

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6 cadets from 1024 (Isle of Wight) Squadron, based in Ryde, were recently presented with their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards in recognition of their efforts. Completion of the award required the cadets to dedicate an average of one hour a week for 3 – 6 months on three different sections: volunteering, physical and skill. Additionally, they had to plan and complete a 2 day, 1 night walking expedition, using navigation, camp craft and first aid skills which they are taught in practical lessons.

Cadet Kane Crouch, 14, who holds the Bronze award, said 'Doing DofE will greatly improve my career prospects. I have had great fun, met new people and learnt loads while taking part in the program.'

Earlier this year, around 100 Air Cadets from Hampshire travelled to the island to undertake their Bronze expeditions. A number of cadets have now progressed to the Silver or Gold level, and two cadets also recently qualified as DofE leaders. 1024 Sqn's Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Paul Carter, said 'I am extremely proud of these young people, who have worked very hard and thoroughly deserve this award. I would encourage any young person to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's award, it is a very rewarding experience, and I hope to see even more 1024 cadets with their DofE badges in the near future.'