Meet the cadets

Each term, we will introduce one of our cadets, who will tell us something of their time and experiences as members of 321 Squadron AAFC. This term, we introduce Cadet Warrant Officer Oscar Wright, who is currently in the Qualified Stage of training at 321SQN.

1. Briefly, tell us something about yourself.

My name is Oscar Wright, I am currently in year 11 at Newcastle High School and I have been parading at 321 Squadron AAFC since February 2018. Outside of cadets I am also heavily involved with Merewether Surf Lifesaving Club as a member of the education team, and in other areas of the club. Some of my other interests/hobbies include aviation, gliding, software development/IT and graphical design.

2. Why did you join the AAFC?

Since the early years of high school, I have been thoroughly interested in the Air Force with the overarching goal of joining as a fixed wing pilot. When I found out about the AAFC though my parents, I was eager to join to learn more about how the military operates and gain new experiences along the way.

3. What has been your best experience in the AAFC?

During my cadet career I have attended lots of activities ranging from firearms range days to being able to get in the cockpit of an aircraft and fly. But my best experience in the AAFC would have to be the leadership opportunities. As a cadet non-commissioned officer I have attended promotion courses and learnt key skills to become an effective leader and mentor of younger cadets. This has enabled me to progress up the rank structure gaining new responsibilities and roles around the squadron. These roles and responsibilities have helped me develop skills not only for cadets but those that can be used outside of cadets such as teamwork, group management, being an instructor and dealing with difficult situations.

4. What do you find to be most challenging in the AAFC?

As a non-commissioned officer new responsibilities and roles arise, this can sometimes mean you are working on two things at once. Consequently, one of the “most challenging” things about cadets for me is time-management and focusing at one thing at a time, as there are a lot of considerations and extra actions that need to be completed prior and during a parade night or activity.

For example, one of the priorities of 321SQN is our external presence, specifically our uniform. At 321SQN it is very important to keep your uniform at a high-perfect standard, which although may seem hard it is easily achievable with proper time management and that little bit of extra effort before the parade night.

5. What do you hope to achieve in the AAFC?

My main goals to achieve in the AAFC are to:
• to further develop my leadership capability and to earn further responsibility over time;
• continue to enhance my instructional technique in the classroom and in other learning environments; and,
• continue to develop skills and expand my knowledge regarding the RAAF, though practical activities such as gliding, promotion courses, general service training (GST) and other activities related to the RAAF.

6. What would you say to potential cadets?

Anyone who is looking into joining a cadet program in the Newcastle area or looking for something exciting and challenging should join 321SQN. It is a great opportunity to attend a wide range of activities and lessons suited to different interests and hobbies.

Also a quick tip for anyone joining 321SQN is to make sure you come prepared both physically and mentally as the first couple of weeks of cadets will provide you with the information and skills that will form the vital infrastructure needed for the rest of your cadet career.

7. Do you think that your AAFC experience will assist with your career goals?

Absolutely. The skills learnt in the AAFC are invaluable and this isn’t only related to military knowledge but valuable life skills which will help you develop qualities including leadership, self-reliance, confidence, teamwork, and communication.