Station Commander's Cadet catch-up

13 Nov 2017

Several months into her role as RAF Waddington’s Station Commander’s Cadet, the station caught up with Iva Magpantay during her recent visit to the base.

Throughout this year Iva has spent time with station personnel visiting various sections to gain a deeper understanding into what the various roles in the Royal Air Force involve. This has helped her make an informed decision when it comes to pursuing a career in the RAF in the future.  

Iva said: “As I was uncertain which role I wanted to apply for in the RAF, being the CO’s cadet has definitely helped me choose a career path. I was stuck between applying to be a Medic or a Physical Training Instructor (PTI). Having spent a week here on work experience earlier in the year, spending time with the medics and the PTI’s, I have made the decision to apply as PTI.”

“I enjoy taking part in sports and instructing and at the end of my work experience week I got to run my own circuit session which I thoroughly enjoyed.”

Being the CO’s cadet comes with a great deal of responsibility. Iva has accompanied the Station Commander on various official duties, her first being the Freedom of Lincoln Parade in April, followed by the Battle of Britain Parade later in the year.

Iva said: “Being the CO’s cadet has given me fantastic opportunities as it allows you to see a side of the RAF that cadets would not normally get a chance to see. When I accompany the Station Commander to events it makes me proud as I’m representing my Squadron (1237 North Hykeham) and the RAF Air Cadets as a whole.”

As she heads into the final quarter as the CO’s cadet we asked Iva if she had any advice for those thinking of applying to be next year’s cadet.

I would list all the activities you have done as a cadet from the small stuff such as a bag pack right through to the big parades you have attended as it portrays your willingness to participate in activities as a cadet.”

And if you’re lucky enough to get the role of the CO’s Cadet?

“Make sure you grab every opportunity you can and make the most of it!”