Armed Forces Day 2019 – RAFAC case study

Donna Hall  – Warrant Officer RAFAC
Region Warrant Officer Wales & West Region

“I have been a Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer since 2006, having achieved the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer as a cadet myself.  The one thing I remember most vividly from being a cadet is that everywhere I went for activities, there was a staff member giving up their time to support me to achieve.  I wanted to do the same thing when I aged out as a cadet so didn’t hesitate to become a volunteer.

I now hold the position of Wales and West Regional Warrant Officer and am the first female to have been appointed into this position in the organisation.  My role involves supporting 6 wings, with 157 squadrons and 6500 cadets and volunteers, with a focus on mentoring, advising and training in matters of drill, uniform and general deportment.  I love this role and enjoy engaging with cadet adult forces volunteers and supporting them to develop and provide the best opportunities for cadets across Wales & West Region.  One of my highlights has been establishing the Wales and West Ceremonial Flight, which currently has 40 cadets from all across the region who deliver drill displays with rifles and in 2018 were crowned National Champions – I absolutely love seeing cadets and staff achieve and knowing that I played a small part in their development.

Through my involvement in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets I have been able to qualify as an instructor achieving my Level 3 in Education and Training, as well as weapons drill instruction and many other qualifications.  My confidence has increased through being a member of the RAFAC and I am really lucky that my employer, Liverpool City Council see the benefits the Reserve Forces & Cadet Associations bring for the personal development of their staff.”

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