Four junior Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron recently completed a training course to learn basic map-reading skills. Having completed the course successfully they have been awarded the Bronze National Navigation Award.

1220 cadets examining the map

1220 cadets examining the map

The twelve-hour course begins with learning how to obtain grid references and recognising map symbols before moving on to use these skills to plan a route. Once out of the classroom they practised using a map and relating features on the map to the ground around them.

The training culminates with a final test of their new skills. Using an area unfamiliar to the cadets, the cadets took turn the lead the group to a location. The other team members then had to work out where they were, before then taking their turn.

March squadron runs the Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme alongside the First Class Cadet classification training. Flt Lt Kirsty Burnham said, “It is a good foundation for the cadets to build on as they will use their navigation skills a lot in their cadet career, particularly if they take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme”