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SEA CADET A magazine for parents, volunteers and cadets Autumn 2017 |


A PARADE TO BE PROUD OF Hundreds of cadets marched through London to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

See what it’s like to represent your area and shape the future of the Corps

SEA CADETS AND AUTISM Meet young people with autism who are finding self-confidence at Sea Cadets

HOW TO BUILD A SHELTER Use the Sea Cadets illustrated guide to building a two-person shelter

PLUS: Win a GoPro! - Sea Cadets survey competition results - Courses - Q&A with adventurer Ant Middleton


WELCOME Welcome to the autumn edition of The Sea Cadet magazine! This issue, you can meet our wonderful First Sea Lord cadets, as well as hear from parents who tell us how their children with autism continue to flourish. Of course, it wouldn't be the autumn issue without marking Trafalgar Day, and we also celebrate cadet success at our National Band Competition and the National Combined and Sailing Regattas.

Cover: Cadets from accross the country have wowed the crowds in London with their annual Trafalgar Day Parade

All the usual features are here, too, including Your Photos, Volunteer of the Issue and careers. As ever, we would love to hear what you think – please email: Yours, Jessica, Laura and Ed, Communications Team

In this issue 202 Lambeth Road, London SE1 7JW Tel: 020 7654 7000 The Sea Cadet magazine is edited and designed by

Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3BN Tel: 0117 927 9009 Managing Editor: Jessica Keating Editor: Rachael Stiles Senior Art Editor: Paul McIntyre Art Editor: Elaine Knight-Roberts Account Manager: Clair Atkins Director of Branded Content: Julie Williams

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NEWS AND EVENTS 03 Corps news Read the latest goings-on from across the Corps. 06 A  rea news Find out what units have been getting up to in your area. 07 W  hat’s on? Courses to sign up for now and upcoming events for autumn, winter and spring. FEATURES 08 Trafalgar Day Parade Cadet Able Cadet Allison shares her experience of taking part in one of the biggest events in the Sea Cadets calendar. 10 I ntroducing the First Sea Lord cadets Find out who they are, what they do and how you can become one, to gain valuable life experience. 12 F  inding your voice Meet cadets with autism who have gained confidence, made friends and learned new skills at Sea Cadets.


14 Volunteer of the issue This issue's volunteer is from Nottingham. She's also a canoeist in training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. ADVICE 15 Careers: so you want to work for the police force Find out what it's like working for the police and what you have to do to to achieve a career in the force. 16 Sea Cadets guide to... constructing a shelter Make sure you know how to put up a two-person shelter, especially if you've got your sights set on the Gib Cup...

17 Ask the Corps Captain Sea Cadets and the team answer your questions. FUN 18 Your photos: Holiday reading Where have you read The Sea Cadet magazine? 19 5  questions for... Ant Middleton A Q&A with the soldier-turnedreality-TV-star about his latest challenging adventures, on Channel 4's Escape.  ompetition: win a GoPro! C The chance to win a GoPro for your unit by inspiring others to join Sea Cadets.


NEWS Catch up with the Corps and see what cadets have been getting involved in. Send your news to

More dinghies, more sailing! Cadets have welcomed a brand new dinghy to the fleet

Cadets sail Royalist to victory History was made at this year’s international Tall Ships Races Cadets sailed the Sea Cadets flagship TS Royalist into London, after winning a haul of trophies at the 2017 Tall Ships Races, including first overall and first in class. Not only was this the first race that the new ship had taken part in, but TS Royalist became the first British ship in 31 years to win the Tall Ships Races. Cadets joined for different stages of the race, giving dozens of young people the opportunity to sail the ship and meet people from across Europe. They visited countries such as Poland, Finland and Sweden, and their responsibilities included turning the sails around, carrying out watches, and charting a course. Cadet Helena was one of the lucky cadets who sailed to victory. She says: “At my unit we do a lot of sailing and kayaking, and it teaches you a lot of skills. It was absolutely amazing being able to work together. Sea Cadets gives you skills that are important as well as enjoyable.” Amy Bales, a former sea cadet and now a volunteer, who took part in the race, explains why there’s nothing quite like sailing TS Royalist: “I love the sea, the freedom, and the adrenaline when you go out on the yard. From teamwork to new friends – it's a really good experience.” To celebrate, Royalist made its way down the Thames on 16 August, culminating in sailing through Tower Bridge, which had to be raised for the occasion.

Black Friday fundraising Your unit could win £200 worth of camping equipment courtesy of Argos, in our easyfundraising competition. As it’s November, Black Friday and Christmas shopping are on the agenda and when fundraising is as easy as collecting donations when volunteers and parents shop online, there’s never been a better time to fundraise with easyfundraising. As the potential is so huge, we are challenging all units to raise as much as possible over the next few weeks – whichever unit raises the most between 1 November and 15 December will be the winner! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for weekly leaderboard updates on how your unit is doing. All units using easyfundraising can enter, and don’t worry if yours is yet to sign up, there’s still plenty of time to reach the top of the leaderboard! To find out more about the prize, get signed up and enter, visit: Good luck!

Even more young people will soon be able to take to the water, as Sea Cadets has launched a new dinghy: the RS Zest. The new addition, unveiled at Southampton Boat Show, has been designed by RS Sailing to meet the specific needs of Sea Cadets. Building on the success of the RS Quest, launched in 2015, the new dinghy will open up sailing opportunities to more cadets due to its design: it can operate in shallower water than its predecessor, benefitting units that have limited access to water. It has been designed to provide an easier learning experience, too, helping to improve confidence in young sailors so they get the most out of it. “We are delighted to help launch the new RS Zest dinghy, which will create an even better sailing experience for cadets,” says Tye Shuttleworth, Head of Inshore Boating at Sea Cadets. “We look forward to seeing it in action and hope they inspire even more young people to get out on the water.” Sea Cadets is match-funding 100 dinghies for units, so as many cadets as possible have access to the benefits and fun of sailing.

New websites launching Sea Cadets is launching new websites, both for the national charity and for the 400 units. These aim to provide a better, more user-friendly experience for cadets, parents and volunteers, as well as the public. The websites are and colourful and very shortly you'll be able to see for yourself! If you have any questions, please email




The sound of Sea Cadets Huge crowds were entertained at the Tower of London by talented young people taking part in the National Band Competition Thousands of people gathered at the Tower of London in August to see young musicians from units across the UK perform in the Sea Cadets National Band Competition. The culmination of months of hard work, practice and preparation, the biennial competition attracts hundreds of spectators. Buglers and drummers competed in the morning, and the day’s events reached a finale with performances by Sea Cadets bands from each area in the afternoon. Southern Area had a particularly strong year, winning in eight categories including The Best All-Round Band award for the Massed Bands of the Southern Area, which included cadets from Folkestone and Hythe, Herne Bay, Reigate and Sheppey units. The Massed Bands of the South West Area – formed of cadets from Portland, Sutton Coldfield, Tenby, Taunton, Fishguard and Burnham-onSea units – were Runners-Up To Best All-Round Band. Others that took part in the competition included Barnsley Unit representing Eastern Area; Poole Unit representing Southern Area; Westonsuper-Mare Unit representing South West Area; and The Massed Bands of the North West Area, made up of cadets


from Ellesmere Port and Connah’s Quay units. The Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Phil Russell RN, said: “It was great to see all the cadets' hard work pay off, and there were some truly great performances. Well done to all the young people who took part.”

My Sea Cadets

The results: Best solo bugler: AC Lydia (Southern Area) Best solo drummer: Cadet Cpl Ross (Southern Area) Best dressed band: Massed Bands of the Southern Area Best original composition: Cadet Cpl Joshua (Eastern Area) Best cadet drum major: POC Annabel (South West Area) Best Corps of drums: Massed Bands of the Southern Area Best marching display: Massed Bands of the Southern Area Best musical display: Massed Bands of the Southern Area Best bugle section: Massed Bands of the Southern Area Runners-up to best all-round band: Massed Bands of the South West Area Best all-round band: Massed Bands of the Southern Area


POC Annabel won best cadet drum major – she tells us what it was like taking part “It felt incredible to be leading the band, at a venue like that the atmosphere is amazing. I was nervous but when I got onto the square it felt so natural. I’ve been a drum major for about four months and I’ve been a cadet drill instructor for a year so that really helped with being confident and understanding the importance of looking smart. “I wasn’t particularly musical when I first got involved in my unit band when I was 10, so I would never have thought I could do this sort of thing. This is the last thing I’ll do as a cadet as I’ve just turned 18; after everything I’ve done at Sea Cadets, this topped off my entire career. It made me understand that I can do anything as long as I am committed and believe in myself.”


Cadets display skills on the water In September cadets from across the UK took part in the annual Combined Regatta and Sailing Regatta to test the skills they’ve learned at their units in rowing, sailing, windsurfing and more. The Combined Regatta took place at London ExCel on Saturday 2 September, and the Sailing and Windsurfing Regatta took place in Southport on Saturday 30 September. Check out all the results below – well done to everyone who took part! NATIONAL SAILING REGATTA SAILING Open Bosun Class: North West Area Open Quest Class: South West Area Junior Topper Class: South West Area Open Pico Class: Northern Ireland Area Open PY Class: Eastern Area WINDSURFING Open up to 4.5m: London Area Open up to 5.5m: London Area Open up to 6.5m: London Area

Windsurfing Class Trophy: London Area OVERALL Eastern Area NATIONAL COMBINED REGATTA BOAT HANDLING Rowing Boat Handling (The Mitchell Trophy): Eastern Area (Scunthorpe Unit) Sailing Boat Handling (The P&O Trophy): Eastern Area (Burton on Trent Unit) Power Boat Handling (Stirling Wheel): London Area (Bexhill & Lewisham Unit) Overall Boat Handling (Stena Sealink Trophy): Eastern Area ROWING Boys Junior (The Ridgewell Cup): North West Area (Fleetwood Unit) Girls Junior (The Wain 1999 Cup): Southern Area (Salisbury Unit) Boys Open (The Hornblower Cup): Southern Area (Salisbury Unit)

By royal appointment Did you have a summer job over the school holidays? During a visit to the Queen’s rowbarge, Gloriana, earlier this year, one lucky cadet impressed the crew so much that she was invited back for the summer. Leading Cadet Jessica, 16, was on the barge for the Spelthorne Mayor’s River Day and Stainesupon-Thames Day, in her role as the Mayor’s Cadet. The knowledge she demonstrated showed the captain that she would make a valuable addition to the crew. He offered her a job and she started the next day! “It has been really great. You’re always outside, and I find the river relaxing,” Jessica says of the experience. “It was a difficult job, but a lot of fun, too. And it will look great on my CV. Sea Cadets has provided me with so many opportunities. It has built my confidence; I had never been a naturally confident person until I started there. When I joined aged 10, I would not say a word.” During the summer, Jessica had the chance to put the seamanship and knot-tying skills she has learnt at Sea Cadets to good use. Andrew Adams, Gloriana’s Skipper, says: “It became apparent that Jessica had a number of nautical skills, but we were delighted to be able to teach her how to apply what she knew, and develop her skills further. Sea Cadets has evidently prepared her for the future.”

Girls Open (The Burton Cup): Southern Area (Salisbury Unit) Overall Trinity Class Trophy (The Dawson Trophy): Southern Area Yole Junior (Junior Mixed Cup): Southern Area (Salisbury Unit) Yole Open (Open Mixed Cup): Southern Area (Salisbury Unit) Yole Open Single Boys (Boys Single Class Trophy): Northern Area (Edinburgh Trinity Unit) Yole Open Single Girls (Girls Single Class Trophy): South West Area (Fishguard Unit) Overall Yole Class Rowing Trophy (The Badger Cup): Southern Area PADDLESPORTS Girls Open (The Ulster Cup): Southern Area Girls Junior (The Barbar Simpson Cup): Northern Ireland Boys Open (The Mike Poole Trophy): Southern Area Boys Junior (The Nottingham Cup): Southern Area Overall Paddlesports: Southern Area

Sea Cadets survey winners We ran our Sea Cadets survey over the summer, inviting all of you – parents, cadets and volunteers – to tell us what you think about Sea Cadets. Thank you to everyone who took part! We’re working through all the responses now and will have a full breakdown for you soon, but we can tell you, that on average, you rated Sea Cadets out of 10 as follows:


Cadets & volunteers



One of our cadets says: “It gives me confidence to do things that I wouldn't normally do in my everyday life and a sense of belonging, with a big chance to meet new friends and try something new.” The prize winners are as follows: District with the most entries (four Pyranha Speeder kayaks): Teeside District Unit with most entries (£500): Guisborough & East Cleveland Unit

LC Jessica on Gloriana, where she spent the summer working

Cadets chosen at random (one for an offshore voyage and six for a GoPro camera) were from the following units. Keep an eye on your emails to find out if you've won!: Worksop, Weymouth, Bangor, Ardrossan, Stockton, Gosforth, Dunbar




AREA NEWS See what’s been happening in our six Sea Cadets areas. Send us news from your area to



Lifesaving first aid skills

Royal honour for cadets

Cadet Molly, from Colchester Unit, was awarded a prestigious British Citizen Youth Award at Westminster Palace for saving the life of a fellow teenager. Molly, 15, performed CPR and called an ambulance after the young girl starting choking, before placing her in the recovery position. She was nominated for the British Citizen Youth Award by her Commanding Officer, Petty Officer (SCC) Elliot Robertson. Molly, who was presented with her award on 20 October, says: “I didn’t really panic at the time, I just wanted to make sure she was OK. Everyone was really upset, but I just tried to keep calm. We learnt first aid at the unit, which is how I knew what to do.”

Northern Area cadets took centre stage at the naming ceremony of the Royal Navy's new carrier HMS Prince of Wales, in the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay. At the historic event in September, a Sea Cadets band played to 500 VIPs. Cadets from Bangor, Ashington and Rosyth later sang Amazing Grace to a crowd of 5,000, while more cadets from Ashington followed, dancing the hornpipe. After the ceremony, 11-year-old Junior Cadet Daniel, from Ashington, was introduced to the Duchess. Brave Daniel, who has battled cancer, climbed nine sets of ladders to reach the top of the bridge of HMS Prince of Wales and hoist the royal standard.

North West


Battle of Britain commemorations

An awfully big yomp

Cadets and volunteers from Stockport Unit took part in a parade to commemorate the Battle of Britain. They joined dignitaries, other cadets and veterans for a service at 2pm at St George’s Church, before marching down the A6 to the town’s war memorial, and taking the salute from the Mayor. The event commemorates the Battle of Britain and is held every year on the Sunday nearest to 15 September – this year 17 September. 2017’s event was the 77th anniversary of the Second World War air campaign waged by the German Air Force against Great Britain in 1940.

Cadets, volunteers and Armed Forces veterans from Sheffield Unit collectively walked 465.6 miles around the city limits, raising more than £3,000 for the charity. The unit will use the money to set up a boating station, and bring the full Sea Cadet Experience to the young people of Sheffield and the surrounding areas. The 38 walkers ranged from age 10 to 60, and the idea of the ‘Awfully Big Yomp’ came from Sergeant (SCC) John Daley. He says: “The idea of walking the city limits came from the fact that Sheffield Sea Cadets has been a part of Sheffield’s landscape since 1937, and attended almost every civic event since. This will be the first of many.” You can donate through

South West


Rescue effort

Flying the flag for Sea Cadets

Cadet First Class Camryn, from Chippenham Unit, came to the rescue during a family day out at the beach when a woman in an inflatable boat got into trouble. Camryn, 13, was paddling in his kayak in the sea in Weymouth, when he spotted the woman’s dinghy being pulled out to sea by the wind and tide. Camryn paddled out to the woman – who by this point was clinging on to the harbour wall – and pushed her back to the beach. His mum, Claire, said: “I'm really proud of him and the fact that he's a sea cadet – it's a really good thing to be part of and I'd encourage everyone to give it a try.”

Bournemouth Unit and Parkstone Unit appeared at one of the UK’s biggest air shows, the Bournemouth Air Festival. Every year, the two units team up to raise as much money as possible and encourage potential cadets to join. Members of the public were shown equipment and skills that the cadets use, and also enjoyed games. Meanwhile, royal marines cadets were on the pier, giving people a tour of RFA Argus and helping VIPs and the public onto boats. Later, they were invited by the Royal Marines commando to take part in their beach assault. The units raised £1,557 – more than double what they raised the previous year.





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Marine Engineering (Mechanical) 1st Class When: 18 February 2018–23 February 2018 Where: SCTC Weymouth Info: The Class 1 Marine Engineering Specialisation (Mechanical) is intended to enable a cadet to progress to become the competent operator of small marine diesel and outboard engines. It will enable cadets to have a deeper understanding and awareness of health and safety issues, which will include manual handling, noise and fuel dangers. Cost: £80 Course code: WEY/18/459843

Cadet Seamanship (Ropework and Rigging) Intermediate When: 8 April 2018–13 April 2018 Where: SCTC Excellent Info: Cadets will learn general rigging ropework, becoming more advanced across various aspects. Cost: £82.50 Course code: EXC/18/509806

Events happening around the country to attend with friends and family Birmingham International Tattoo Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, 25–26 November Watch an array of talented musicians perform at Britain’s biggest indoor international tattoo. The event brings together marching bands and exciting displays, culminating in the spectacular grand finale. Tickets can be purchased from:

RYA Powerboat Level One and Level Two When: 11 March 2018–16 March 2018 Where: SCTC Caledonia Info: This course is a four-day training package aimed at teaching the essential skills required to skipper a small powerboat. Training will include the RYA Level 1 and Level 2 syllabus. Minimum age 12. Cost: £80 Course code: CAL /18/460378

What’s on: autumn-spring

Catering Advanced When: 4 February 2018–9 February 2018 Where: SCTC Raleigh Info: This course is designed to offer cadets practical experience in preparing and serving more complex dishes and entire menus in a more formal setting. Cadets will also understand and practise Royal Navy mess dinner routines. Cadets will gain practical experience of planning menus and budgeting for unit activities. Cadets must have completed either the Intermediate Catering Course or the old Class 2. Cost: £80 Course code: RAL/18/459560

Sea Cadets’ National Five-A-Side Competition Grantham Mere Leisure Centre, Grantham, Lincolnshire, 23–25 February It’s a big year for football, with the 2018 World Cup now not too far away, and our cadets will also be showing off their skills at the annual National Five-A-Side Competition. Girls and boys will represent their areas and units in a bid to take home a team trophy, and there are also awards for the best players in each category.

BCU 3-Star Sea Kayaking When: 8 April–13 April Where: SCTC Weymouth Info: This course introduces students to paddling a sea kayak. The course covers sea kayak handling on the sea, rescue skills and sea kayak equipment. Training will also include basic navigation and planning a sea kayak trip. Students should be comfortable with wearing a spraydeck, and happy to capsize as part of the training. Must be fully enrolled and 14 years or older, plus hold BCU 2 star or Paddlepower Discover. Cost: £82.50 Course code: WEY/18/513126

Mountbatten Festival of Music Royal Albert Hall, London, 9–10 March The Mountbatten Festival of Music returns, featuring the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines performing at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. These concerts display the outstanding versatility of some of the world’s finest military musicians and are given the West End treatment with spectacular lighting effects. This year, a matinee has been added on the Saturday with the aim of attracting families and younger people. Buy tickets at:

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TRAFALGAR DAY PARADE 400 cadets took part in the Trafalgar Day parade

OUR GREAT PARADE This year Ordinary Cadet Yasmine from Portsmouth Unit took part in her second Trafalgar Day parade, forming part of the Southern Area Guard. She shares her experience of the event... Thursday: arrival I arrived at HMS Bristol tonight and spent the evening unpacking. I’ve stayed here a few times before so I’m not really nervous about it. There are 400 cadets from all over the UK staying here, so it is a bit of a mad experience, but brilliant to meet people from all over the country. There are maybe 30 or 40 of us in my mess sleeping in triple bunk beds. I’ve taken the middle bunk and it’s a little bit noisy but I hope I get a good night’s sleep.

Friday: rehearsals Some cadets from Scotland arrived at 2.30am. They must have been tired as we woke up at 5.15am today (even though call the hands was at 6am) to get ready for breakfast. We spent the whole day rehearsing drills, only breaking for lunch and dinner. I’m physically quite tired but I know from taking part in last year’s parade that this is all part of the experience and the adrenaline will kick in when I need it.

Saturday: more practise (and a surprise) Last night I fell asleep before some of the other cadets were even in bed. We did a full run-through today and had a huge surprise when the Massed Bands of HM Royal Marines joined us during


rehearsals! I was so inspired after watching them that I’ve asked my CO if we can start a band – she was a drum major when she was a cadet so hopefully she’ll consider it. I’m 15 and to think young people my age are able to be in the band is just awesome. I don’t feel particularly nervous about tomorrow – I’ve been too busy! I’ve got a little free time this evening so I’m going to polish my shoes before I go to bed.

Sunday: parade day Call the hands was at 5am but I got up at 4am with most of the girls from my unit to get ready. I am at the front of the guard this year, which is a huge privilege. I was in Portsmouth Unit’s Unarmed Squad when we won the nationals earlier this year so to do the drills in front of everyone, be centre stage and show off what we’ve learnt, is great. We marched from Horse Guards Parade to Trafalgar Square, where the ceremony took place, and then down The Mall to the barracks. There were so many people watching us: tourists on open-top buses and spectators along the streets were cheering, taking photographs and filming us. It felt amazing! I got to meet some high-ranking Navy officials, including Captain Sea Cadets, and even spotted my mum and dad in the crowds.


Monday: the day after My mum woke me up really early this morning to tell me I was on the front page of The Times! I had absolutely no idea I was going to be in the paper, let alone on the front page. I’m finding it really hard to put this weekend into words – I’m not sure it’s all sunk in yet. It feels very different from last year, more significant somehow. I’m not sure if it’s because I was in the front of the guard or just that I’m a bit older, but it’s definitely one of the best experiences I’ve had with Sea Cadets. I want to follow in my grandad’s footsteps and join the Navy. I hope to be an officer so taking part in events like this will really help me achieve my goal. I’ve made loads of new friends who are different from my friends at school. We’ve all got different interests but still get along and work together, which is a really important lesson. It’s such an amazing atmosphere. I can’t recommend it highly enough.


Helping each other to get ready before the parade

Captain Sea Cadets inspects the cadets

Juniors put on a flag display for spectators

"There were so many people watching us and spectators along the streets were cheering, taking photographs and filming us. It felt amazing" Cadets perform a Physical Training display

Marching through Admiralty Arch

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The Massed Bands of the Sea Cadets on the march

Parading down The Mall to Trafalgar Square





How to become a First Sea Lord cadet

We meet the First Sea Lord cadets who are playing a crucial role in shaping the future of the Corps

■ Climb the rates/ranks You need to be the rate/rank of Leading Cadet/ Cadet Corporal to be put forward for the selection process. Find out from your CO how you can work your way up.


■ Get involved “Normally cadets who are selected are highly committed within their areas,” says Petty Officer Cadet Emily. Get involved as much as you can in courses and competitions, parades and offshore voyages.

he selection process is rigorous, the responsibilities far-reaching, but the rewards for First Sea Lord cadets (formerly known as Navy Board cadets) are immeasurable. For the uninitiated, six First Sea Lord cadets (one from each Sea Cadets area) are elected for one year, during which they attend ceremonies and events with senior Royal Navy officers to represent their areas and meet VIPs, from the Duke of Edinburgh to the Prime Minister. They host forums to get feedback from cadets and pass on the findings to the national Sea Cadets team and Captain Sea Cadets. Once their tenure is over, they each receive a £1,000 scholarship from the Greenwich Hopsital towards higher education. The role also gives them an insight into

naval policy and the work of senior Royal Navy officers. Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, says: “The Royal Navy and Royal Marines are hugely proud of all our cadets. They are the most wonderful ambassadors for the Service and for Britain’s maritime interests. Each of the First Sea Lord’s cadets has been nominated because they have demonstrated the naval values of loyalty, discipline, courage, commitment, integrity and respect. They are great role models, and ultimately the UK’s future rests on the shoulders of young people just like them.” The skills and experience they gain are invaluable, transforming them into responsible, organised and self-assured young people, ready to tackle the next stage of their lives. This year’s First Sea Lord cadets share their experiences…

Petty Officer Cadet Samantha, Northern Area “I knew it would be a busy year, but the opportunity to attend the events we have was one I don’t think anybody can pass up. It’s been the most amazing and fun time. The most memorable moments have been attending all three nights of the Mountbatten Festival of Music in London, and being surrounded by VIPs watching HMS Queen Elizabeth sail into Portsmouth for the first time. Since becoming a First Sea Lord cadet I’ve had to become a lot more organised with my time.” Samantha’s dad, Michael, says: “Samantha has taken the role of First Sea Lord cadet seriously and become a more responsible and focused role model for younger cadets. She now has more selfconfidence and knows she can achieve anything she puts her mind to.”



■ Stay smart You’re going to be representing your area so you need to look the part. Being smartly turned out at all times is crucial and will help you on your way to being noticed by your superiors. ■ Interview time You’ll be expected to complete an interview either in person or over the phone. Make sure you’re fully prepared by understanding what the role entails and what you can bring to it.

Leading Cadet Nicole, North West Area “I love the positive feedback I get, from volunteers and also VIPs. They ask lots of questions and are genuinely interested in what I have to say. I was really surprised to get the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister, Theresa May, at Armed Forces Day in Liverpool. I told her all about my role as a First Sea Lord cadet and she said that what I’m doing is amazing and she hopes I excel in the future. My favourite event so far has to be the Mountbatten Festival of Music; it was amazing to watch the incredible and talented musicians but also to speak to VIPs like the Duke of Edinburgh – he scuffed my boot! Being a First Sea Lord cadet will help my future plans of having a long and successful career in the Navy.” Nicole’s mum, Jackie, says: “We have seen Nicole flourish into a confident young lady. She has developed excellent interpersonal and communication skills and is able to communicate with people at all levels in a respectful manner, especially since becoming a First Sea Lord cadet.”


Cadet Sergeant Alisa, London Area “I feel like a bit of a celebrity! I’ve been on the BBC and ITV News during the parade for the Duke of Edinburgh’s final solo engagement at Buckingham Palace and attended important naval events like the Armed Forces Day Parade. My uniform has been back and forth to the dry cleaners regularly! In fact, being able to wear my uniform more is one of my favourite things about being a First Sea Lord cadet – that and speaking to a lot of cadets from different areas.

Since becoming a First Sea Lord cadet I’ve grown a lot in confidence and feel a stronger sense of pride about being a cadet.” Alisa's mum, Natalja, says: “Alisa has learned how to gain the most from the activities and possibilities Sea Cadets opens up for young people. Her consistent motivation and effort have been rewarded and I’m really proud of her.”

Petty Officer Cadet Brandon, Eastern Area “I’ve got to meet some really interesting people so far, including Ant Middleton from SAS: Who Dares Wins. He was a really interesting character with lots of cool stories to tell. I’ve also had my picture taken on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street. I feel very excited for the year ahead and all the opportunities it might bring, including meeting up with the Flag Officer Sea Training. I plan to join the Royal Navy next year so this role has been really great for introducing me to some senior people in the Navy. I know what is expected of me and have learnt lots about they type of career I want for my future. I feel I have really grown up."

himself and developed great leadership skills. I am tremendously proud of him.”

Brandon’s mum, Karen, says: “Brandon has got to do things that I’m very jealous of, like having afternoon tea with the Admiral. The food sounded amazing! He has become much more confident in

Leading Cadet Emma, South West Area “I was completely shocked and overwhelmed when I was asked if I would like the role. I couldn’t accept fast enough! My most important responsibility is making sure the concerns of cadets within my area are raised and solved. My favourite thing about being a First Sea Lord cadet is that through holding forums, gathering feedback and relaying it to Captain Sea Cadets and the Chief Executive Officer, I can help to change the future of Sea Cadets. I had such an incredible time exploring London when we attended the Mountbatten

Festival of Music and was privileged to attend the launch of TS City of London in Falmouth, where I got to stay in a fancy hotel and meet Lord and Lady Mountevans. Next on the agenda is spending a few days at HMS Raleigh in Plymouth with Flag Officer Sea Training, where I’ll get to travel on a German warship.” Emma’s mum, Linda, says: “Emma has been on every course and embraced every opportunity that Sea Cadets has provided and has done this entirely on her own merit.”

Petty Officer Cadet Emily, Southern Area "I always try to promote myself as a good role model and work hard in all that I do. I was extremely happy and felt so privileged to be given this responsibility. So far I’ve met up with the Navy Board and learnt more about higher naval policy, attended a number of events and assisted VIPs with prize giving. One of the most memorable moments was seeing the Royal Marines Band play. They gave me goosebumps! I hope that I can inspire younger cadets to aim high and take every opportunity thrown their way. I am having a fantastic time and enjoying every moment because you only get one go at it." Emily’s mum, Lisa, says: “Emily has embraced the opportunity and it has aided her development into a wellrounded, independent young woman. This will only help her as she progresses through further education and into the workplace.”




‘Sea Cadets is great for all young people, but for children with austism it’s just amazing’

CFC Lewis has gained confidence at Sea Cadets



Image: Simon Lees

The world can be a difficult place for any young person – but for the thousands of children who have autism, it is even more so. We speak to some cadets and parents who know only too well about these challenges – and how Sea Cadets helps…



unior Cadet Finley is never happier than when he is skimming across the water in an RS Quest or crashing through waves on a powerboat. “He can’t get enough of it,” says his dad, Rob. “He really does love it.” Finley has autism, which means he sees and hears the world differently from other young people. He struggles in certain situations, dislikes crowds and gets nervous around strangers. But Sea Cadets is a place where Finley feels safe. Since joining Thurrock Unit last October, he has enjoyed the opportunities available to him, made new friends and overcome obstacles. “Finley is a completely different child since joining Sea Cadets,” says Rob. “At home, he’s a bit more inside himself. When we go out, he doesn’t do well in certain situations. Sea Cadets brought him out of his shell. Once he’s out on the water, he’s completely different than at home. “No one is excluded at his unit; they try to cater for everyone and everything. We are grateful and proud of Sea Cadets for giving Finley and other children like him the opportunity to experience and to prove they can give something back if given the chance.”

Overcoming obstacles Cadet First Class Lewis, who attends Aylesbury Unit, has also made the most of his time in Sea Cadets, which he joined three years ago. This year, he sailed offshore on TS John Jerwood where he earned his Offshore basic badge. He also earnt his first-aid second-class and navigation badges, while continuing to represent his unit in rowing. Lewis's mum, Alison, says: “Lewis has achieved so much in self-esteem and confidence from his time in the Sea Cadets. He has been an active member of the unit since the start, being involved in different activities and representing the unit at district events. “Being a part of Sea Cadets has helped him focus in education. He knows that he needs to put in the work and the rewards will come.” Lewis, 13, has Asperger’s, dyspraxia and hypermobility, and finds many activities difficult, sometimes taking longer than others to do them. But with encouragement and belief from Sea Cadets instructors, he has overcome the many

obstacles in his path. Lewis finds making friends a challenge due to his communication difficulties, but has formed friendships at Sea Cadets, which Alison says is his favourite thing about it. “He is more independent and confident in himself, and this is also the same for his school life and how he approaches his work,” she says. “Lewis is funny, polite and has gained the confidence to stand up for himself. He feels like a valued member of society, as part of a team or as an individual, and Sea Cadets accepts him for who he is. He doesn’t feel the need to hide who he is or to be seen as different.”

Building self belief The same goes for Marine Cadet Sean, from Hinckley detachment, who has ADHD and autism. He, too, joined Sea Cadets at the age of 10 and, now 15, has qualifications in powerboating, sailing, windsurfing and rowing, as well as seamanship and marine engineering. “Others believe in him now and, more importantly, he believes in himself,” says his mum, Tracey. “Sean very much enjoys the structure and discipline of Sea Cadets. It fits in very well with his rigid ‘autistic’ thoughts and ways. "He loves knowing from one parade night to the next what’s happening. Sea Cadets is great for all kids to do, but for children like Sean with special needs, it’s just amazing.” Tracey adds that Sea Cadets has also helped Sean at school, with the teenager improving his grades “dramatically” in the past year. This observation is also made by his form tutor of four years, Adi Jeffries, who says: “It has been very rewarding watching him develop and mature despite the challenges that he has encountered during his school life. “Sean has made some excellent progress in the classroom with learning to manage some of the difficulties that he faces. I feel that he has really benefited from his role in the Royal Marines Cadets – the social interaction and activities are extremely valuable in developing life skills. "Sean is currently in his final year of GCSEs. I am sure that with continued hard work he will achieve the grades that he requires to go onto the next step of his education.”

“I feel that he has really benefited from his role in Royal Marines Cadets – the social interaction and activities are extremely valuable in developing life skills” Sean's form tutor, AdiJeffries

Personal best It’s not just on the water where Junior Cadet Finley has been making waves. This summer, he raised £300 to split between his unit and The Neuro Foundation, which helps children like his brother with the genetic condition neurofibromatosis, by taking part in the 5k Bubble Run. Finley completed the run in 34 minutes, and in turn raised much-needed funds to help young people. “We are all very proud of him and what he accomplished that day, especially for a boy with autism facing his fears,” says dad Rob.

Autism: the facts ■ Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. ■ Being autistic affects people in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, and need different levels of support.  ■ People from all nationalities and cultural, religious and social backgrounds can be autistic, although research suggests males are more affected than females. ■ About 700,000 people in the UK are living with autism – more than one in 100.

MC Sean has achieved a range of qualifications

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this story, or if you would like to find out more information about autism, visit or speak to your Commanding Officer.




‘I had an amazing time canoeing as a Sea Cadet and I hope to pass this on’ Nomin ate a volunt eer! E SCma mail g@ms -sc.or and te g ll us w ho it is and why t deserv hey e it

How did you get into watersports? I joined Sea Cadets when I was 14. I attended a kayaking course in Carrick and I was told to try out for the national competitions. I went to the nationals in the first year and got a couple of medals. I was really inspired by that and thought, ‘I’ll come back next year and get three golds,’ and I did! It all went from there. What are you doing now? I am currently training in canoe sprint with the goal of winning at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This year I raced at the U23 World Championships achieving eighth and in the Senior World Championships finishing 15th. This was a great result and sets up a sturdy platform to continue myjourney to Tokyo. I am also studying for a degree in Mathematics and Statistics. How do you find time to volunteer with Sea Cadets? I train six days a week, two to three times a day. This routine allows me to recover in the evenings. I prep for the next day, then head to Sea Cadets. Why do you make time for volunteering? To strive in a performance environment, you need a balanced lifestyle. I really enjoy volunteering as it’s my time to chill out and do something different. It’s a welcome break from the pressure of a full-time training regime. Even if I’m training every day I still find time for Sea Cadets. Volunteering also allows me to work on my interpersonal skills, which are very beneficial when performing in a high-pressure environment.


Canoeist and Sea Cadets volunteer Afton Fitzhenry learned the ropes as a cadet at Lisburn Unit. She tells us why she makes sure there’s time for volunteering at Nottingham Sea Cadets in her busy training schedule

Does your canoeing help you in your role as a volunteer? I intend to make use of my canoeing within Sea Cadets when the weather gets a bit warmer next year! I had an amazing time canoeing as a sea cadet and I hope to pass this on. What have been some of your proudest moments as a volunteer? I enjoy getting cadets to push their limits and give everything a go! At my unit we had two cadets race at the Eastern Area Regatta in canoe sprint. I was so impressed with their confidence to go out and race. One of our cadets went on further to race at the National Combined Regatta, coming fourth overall! What are your favourite memories from your time as a cadet? I love sport. That was one of the reasons I enjoyed Sea Cadets – being outdoors and taking part in activities. I spent all my summer months kayaking with Sea Cadets, but I also really enjoyed going away on camps, and one of my best experiences was going on TS John Jerwood. Would you recommend volunteering at Sea Cadets to others? Yes, because it offers a place to build your own skills and get to know other volunteers in your area. There are many different roles so there is something for everyone, you just need to get involved. There are opportunities for you to try something new, too!


“Afton has been a consistently dedicated member of the team. She’s great with cadets and always teaches engaging sessions. She has shared her canoeing know-how with them and hopefully we’ll be supporting her in 2020!” SLt (SCC) Rebecca Carter RNR, Commanding Officer at Nottingham Unit Afton on the water at Nottingham Unit

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Five ways Sea Cadets can help you work for the police


TEAMWORK: Sea Cadets offers plenty of opportunities to work in a team, from

sailing to helping to tie a cap tally.


DISCIPLINE: Young people learn




LEADERSHIP: Cadets can work hard


FLEXIBILITY: Perseverance always

about the importance of following

instructions and listening. welcomes all people, encouraging them

to work collaboratively.

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helps, whether the wind changes or

you’re training for a competition.

Gregg Morris is a newly qualified police constable – he tells us about his role and how he got there C Gregg Morris is on the overnight shift, an aspect of the job he finds one of the most challenging. However, his passion and dedication for the police service is clear. “I’m a true believer that what you put in is what you get out,” he enthuses. He’s currently in the midst of his two-year probationary period as a police constable with Hertfordshire Constabulary, and is thoroughly enjoying it. “I like helping the community, and the positive change we can make,” he says. As an intervention officer, Gregg and his team respond to 999 calls. “It’s fast-paced and a lot of time is spent on patrol,” he says. “We make more arrests, dealing with crimes in real time.” Gregg, 28, was inspired to apply to join the police after speaking to serving and retired officers about how active and fulfilling the job can be. At the time, he was working in a residential unit supporting teenage boys with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. Known for being rigorous, the route from application to training involved a compact schedule of assessment. The subsequent training spread over a number of weeks, with practical and theory-based teaching, group work and presentations. “At the end of our training we spent a day at a facility where we went on patrol around the grounds and buildings, using the skills we had been taught. There were actors and staged crimes and situations taking place. This was a massive

and move up the ranks, gaining more

responsibility and respect.

How to join the police If you’d like to apply to become a PC like

insight into what policing would be like.” The next phase included 10 weeks on a neighbourhood team, then five weeks on intervention, before being assessed as Fit for Independent Patrol. “The neighbourhood team focuses on being in contact with the community through patrols, assisting with any issues, crimes, or problems local residents may be facing,” says Gregg. “Time is also spent in the office on paperwork and following up enquiries. “Intervention is a bit different. We attend briefings at the start of our shift, where we are updated on what’s happening in the whole of Hertfordshire. We then get the car ready and head out on patrol. We follow up on crimes or attend victims, taking statements and seeing if they need any support. Or we are dispatched to jobs that need immediate attendance.” Working as a police officer brings constant challenges, from unpredictability to adapting to shift work, but Gregg says it’s the nature of the job, and the benefits to others are paramount. When off duty, Gregg enjoys playing sports, something he has done from a young age. He credits being part of various teams with helping to nurture the skills required in the police: “It’s always important to push yourself. To place yourself in situations that allow you to develop your confidence, leadership and teamwork.” In terms of the future, he says: “I am new to the police, I want to find my feet and see where my strengths lie. I’m keeping an open mind.”

Gregg, start by contacting your local force, as each has its own recruitment rules. There are no formal educational requirements, but guidelines require that you are aged 18 and you must pass background checks. With a degree, you could apply for the two-year Police Now Graduate Leadership Development Programme, offering the opportunity to become a police officer right from the start. If you pass the application, you’ll be invited to an assessment day, for an interview and numerical, verbal ability and communication tests and interactive exercises. Assessors look for communicators, problem-solvers, respect for diversity and the ability to take responsibility. Medical and fitness tests follow. After a two-year probationary period as a constable, there are opportunities to specialise, in criminal investigation, underwater search and the drugs squad. Learn more at:

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The Sea Cadets guide to...

BUILDING A SHELTER With training for the Gibraltar Cup in full swing, Lt (SCC) Bill Collier RMR brings you the Sea Cadets guide to constructing a two-person shelter A shelter constructed from a tent section can provide protection from the elements and effective camouflage, so it’s important to know the correct way of putting one up. Below you will find different ways of constructing a two-person shelter, in wooded areas and open ground.

Construction in wooded areas

Where possible, the open end of the shelter should face the opposite direction to the wind and rain, and a small storm drain should be dug around the shelter area, to take away surface water. Use our guide to help you and improve your chances for this year’s Gib Cup...

Construction in open areas Dry stone wall

Storm drain (shallow ditch)

Method 1 At two corners of the poncho/ basha/top cover, attach green string/cord assembly/bungees. Find two suitable trees far enough apart and attach one corner of the poncho/basha/top cover to each tree or two bivvy/basha poles. The corner attachments must be approximately half a metre up the tree in order to create a small downward slope. Pull the other two corners down towards the ground and secure

them with either pegs or rocks, if necessary attaching cord assemblies to the other corners. A length of green string/cord assembly/bungees should then be attached to the uppermost two centre loops. They should then be looped over a branch above and pulled tight, or tied to two sticks stuck in the ground. The other poncho/basha/ top cover is laid on the ground.

Method 1 At two corners of the tent section attach green string/cord assembly/ bungees. Attach these corners to a wall, fallen tree or other suitable structure.

Stretch the other two corners away from the structure and secure with either pegs or rocks, if necessary attaching cord assemblies to the other corners. The other poncho/ basha/top cover is laid on the ground. Bivvy/basha poles

Poncho/basha/ top cover

Green string/ cord/bungees

Method 2 Create a tent by taking green string/cord assembly/bungees from the centre loops on the poncho/basha/top cover and securing them to two trees. The four corners can be secured using either pegs or rocks.


Method 2 To prevent water pooling on the outside of the shelter a pole can be used to keep the tent erect. The other poncho/basha/top cover is laid on the ground.


At four corners of the tent section attach green string/cord assembly/ bungees. Attach these corners to shovels or poles. Keeping the tent section taut, push them into the ground.

To prevent pooling of water another pole can be placed in the centre of the shelter, pushing the tent section upwards. Lay the other poncho/ basha/top cover on the ground.

Illustrations: Mark Watkinson

Tent pegs


ASK THE CORPS Each issue Captain Sea Cadets Captain Phil Russell RN and the team answer your questions about Sea Cadets. Email to ask a question! Volunteering

and we are very proud of that! While there are differences between them, royal marines cadets and sea cadets usually parade at the same time, with detachments sitting within Sea Cadets units, and both enjoy the same exciting waterborne activities. Using the Sea Cadets branding when we are promoting the Corps avoids confusion, and conveys the message that we are all part of the same charity. However, we do provide some resources specifically for Royal Marines Cadets, such as posters, social media icons, posters and more in the Brand Centre on the Training and Admin website, and posters and postcards in the annual recruitment pack.

Q. I’m interested in volunteering, but I get claustrophobic and am worried about going to sea. Will this be a problem? A. Not at all! There are so many fantastic ways you can get involved with Sea Cadets, and, while some of our volunteers do take advantage of going to sea, you are in no way obligated to go offshore. You could become a uniformed instructor, teaching rowing, kayaking, sailing or powerboating, as well as land-based activities such as rock-climbing, mountain biking, marine engineering, first aid and catering. Alternatively, our units always need to boost their management committees, so if you have skills that you could put to use in fundraising, managing budgets, social media or publicity, they would love to hear from you.

Courses Q. Many cadets and volunteers have camera phones these days, using them to take pictures at events and activities that the group participate in. There is also a Sea Cadets entry into the prestigious Peregrine Trophy. Would now not be a good time to bring in a photography specialisation or proficiency? A. We have been asked this before, but sadly we are not looking to add to the list of proficiencies or specialisations at this time. However, we do encourage cadets to enter the Peregrine Trophy competition, as it is a great supplement to a unit’s

Water safety Q. Is it a requirement of enrolling with Sea Cadets to be a good swimmer? A. We don’t expect our cadets to be of Olympic

training programme. The Peregrine Trophy is an incredibly prestigious competition, which allows cadets to showcase their work alongside the best of Royal Navy personnel, so it is well worth entering.

standard, but as so many of our activities are water based, they do need to have a basic level of water proficiency. When undergoing their New Entry Cadet training, cadets will need to complete the Cadet Forces Water Safety Test, in which they have to complete the following, wearing a buoyancy aid:


■ Entering deep water by stepping off the side

Q. Could you please explain why all Royal Marines Cadets’ external marketing is Sea Cadets-based, not Royal Marines Cadets?

■ Treading water/floating for one minute

■ Swimming 25 metres

A. Sea Cadets is the collective term for Sea Cadets (blue jackets), Royal Marines Cadets and Junior Cadets. We are all part of the same group,

■ Exiting the water, with assistance if required

Volunteers who plan on going on the water will also need to pass this test, or make a self-declaration. And, of course, everyone is expected to wear a buoyancy aid when near or on the water.





OC Lauren (Burnham-onSea) in Lac de Biscarosse, Landes, France

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See where cadets and volunteers have been reading The Sea Cadet around the world. Send your pictures to A family of cadets and volunteers from Blackburn Unit on holiday in Spain

Harrogate Unit volunteer Mike Langford at the Beehive monument Portreath, Cornwall

OC Adam from Arbroath Unit in Lanzarote, Spain Senior Communications Officer from HQ, Jessica Keating, in Bruges, Belgium

Junior Cadet Ben from Basingstoke Unit in the Dead Sea, Israel

Sam Saunders, Boating Station Manager at Royal Docks, in the French Alps

Coventry Unit cadets AC Chloe and CFC Abbie on the Argentiere glacier in Chamonix, France

PO (SCC) Christopher Smith from Sheffield Unit outside Buckingham Palace




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5 questions for…

ANT MIDDLETON The star of the Channel 4 shows SAS: Who Dares Wins and Mutiny talks about his new-found celebrity status and making the transition from the Royal Navy’s Special Boat Service to the world of reality TV…


Your latest show, Escape, aired this autumn on Channel 4. Can you tell us more about it? It’s a very exciting new concept. It takes engineers, who are used to having their tools and their workshops, out of their comfort zone and whacks them into different survival situations. The group are challenged to escape from a variety of crash sites. You get everything from egos to strong personalities

coming together. Then you get the other side of it – people realise the situation they’re in, the magnitude of the build. At the end it’s one big celebration of engineering.


How did you find the filming of Escape? When I went in, I thought the jungle was going to be the hardest part because jungle is absolutely horrendous. But in the desert, the heat just saps the energy out of you, then when I got to the mountains it was the wind, rain and exposure... so all of them were challenging in different ways.


How do you deal with your new-found fame? I get a lot of inspirational messages from people – the younger generation want to join the military and things like that. I don’t look at it as a celebrity lifestyle, I look at it as a responsibility. But the celebrity life, that stuff is there – I get noticed everywhere and people want to take selfies with me. People are genuinely interested about my life. I’m not just a face on TV, I’ve got a story behind me that a lot of people can relate to, which is great.


What does the future hold for you? I like to make authentic programmes to give the viewer as authentic an experience as possible. Hopefully I can carry on doing that for the next 10 years. I’m just really putting my head into it, really concentrating and just enjoying it.

Tell us how you would inspire young people to join Sea Cadets and you could win a GoPro! Our national recruitment campaign will be launched in February, and we want to hear cadets’ ideas for showcasing what the charity is all about. How would you encourage your friends to join? Email with

your suggestion, whether it’s a catchy hashtag for social media or an inspiring tagline. The cadet with the best idea will win a GoPro worth £100, and your suggestion might be used in the nationwide recruitment campaign. Good luck!



Images: Channel 4 Television/Vance Jacobs


How have you found the transition from the military to television? It’s a great transition, especially with the survival, adventure, problem-solving and leadership stuff that I do. The TV work just sort of fell into my lap, I took the opportunity and I’m making the most out of it. I love testing myself, putting myself in awkward and horrible situations and seeing how I cope with it. I’m a bit strange like that!

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