March cadet, 17, shines as she becomes one of only three to complete prestigious leadership course

15:41 19 August 2014

Chanel Ogden (bottom right) completed the course.

Chanel Ogden (bottom right) completed the course.


A cadet from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps was one of only three cadets from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing to complete a prestigious cadet leadership course this year.

Cadet Sergeant Chanel Ogden, 17, achieved an “above average” grade after completing a mentally and physically demanding Cadet Leadership Course at Frimley Park Cadet Training Centre.

Throughout the week, Odgen was assessed on various aspects of leadership including physical robustness, confidence and teamwork.

She did two log runs followed by an obstacle course, command tasks, orienteering and a two-night fieldcraft based exercise.

On the second day of the course, Chanel was appointed as Platoon Sergeant, requiring her to lead other cadets undertaking platoon attacks. She was commended on her efforts.

Ms Ogden said: “I was so worried I wouldn’t be physically fit enough to cope with the demands of the course, but I was so happy to find out I was marked above average in my physical robustness.

“The course was so worthwhile, I would love to do it again myself and I would recommend it to any cadet. I now plan to pass on the leadership qualities I learnt at Frimley Park Training Centre to other cadets in my local area.”

1220 is recruiting. For more details on joining as a cadet or an adult volunteer, go to


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