First Graduates Receive New Queen's CFAV Commission

05 Dec 2017

The RAF Air Cadets’ newest Pilot Officers are the first to graduate into the new Cadet Forces Commission at RAF Cranwell.

On December 1st 2017 most VR(T) commissioned officers in the RAF Air Cadets we’re moved on to the new Cadet Forces Commission.

The new commission which was approved by The Queen acknowledges the role of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers in the RAF Air Cadets, Army Cadet Force and the Sea Cadets perform as national youth leaders.

By coincidence, the first graduation for fifteen new officers for the RAF Air Cadets fell on December 1st, meaning each new graduating officer could wear the new RAFAC insignia for the first time as many other officers across the organisation.

Pilot Officer Jon Dawson was the first to receive his commissioning scroll from the reviewing officer Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore McCafferty.

Jon, who had been both an air cadet and spent eight years as an adult NCO, is already a squadron commander and decided to go through officer training to further opportunities and described the process as a ‘natural step’.

Jon said: “It feels fantastic to be the first graduating student to receive the new commission. It’s a monumental change to not just the Air Cadets but to the other cadet forces as well and to be the first cadet forces commissioned officer is daunting but fantastic at the same time really.

“I think the Air Cadets is an excellent organisation especially now that I’m in a uniformed staff role seeing cadets actually develop, you don’t really appreciate that when you’re a cadet yourself and you’re getting told what to do but from a staff angle I really do appreciate it and it’s a fantastic thing to see.”

Charlotte Wilde and Charlotte Smith both work with CCF(RAF) cadet units and were both excited to have graduated and looking forward to taking their freshly learned skills back to their contingents.

Charlotte Wilde said: “It’s just really exciting, we didn’t know anything beforehand and this is the first time the new commission has been awarded so we’re just really excited to be part of the organisation and to be about to help out the young people at our cadet unit.

Charlotte Smith said: “I’m one of the first officers at my school and now that I’m representing the RAF I’m really excited to go back and wear my stripes and encourage the ethos that we have been taught this week.”

Image 1: (left to right) Pilot Officers Jon Dawson, Charlotte Wilde, Air Commodore McCafferty, Charlotte Smith and Damien English.