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UTC Reading Teacher becomes Acting Pilot Officer of UTC Reading’s Combined Cadet Force

Earlier this month, UTC Reading teacher, Lewis Hart, became Acting Pilot Officer of UTC Reading’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

“The opportunity to get involved in the launch of the UTC Reading Combined Cadet Force (CCF) came about during my interview, when I was looking to join the UTC as a teacher last year.”

“Vice Principal and Contingent Commander of the UTC Reading CCF, Neil, talked to me about his idea of starting up the cadets and spotted that I had previous experience, which led to us discussing this idea further.”

“I joined the army cadets back in school and did a similar thing at university with the Oxford University Officers' Training Corps. I wanted to carry this on.”

“To be an adult volunteer with the cadets, you can go down various routes. I chose to follow the cadet commission route. This involved being interviewed by the wing commander, who assessed my suitability and experience. The paperwork recently came through to say I was successful and that I am now officially an Acting Pilot Officer.”

“From here, I will go on a week-long training course at RAF Cranwell to become Pilot Officer.”

“I am currently organising a cadet trip to Little Canada, Isle of Wight, where the students will be thrown out of their comfort zones and take part in adventure training, such as rock climbing, high ropes and canoeing. We want to teach them perseverance, teamwork and how to overcome barriers.”

“I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges this new role is going to bring. It’s nice to be entrusted with the responsibility. I am hoping to make UTC Reading’s CCF a valuable experience for all of the cadets that are a part of it.”

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