The Air Cadets, as a military youth organisation, sets itself and it's members very high standards, including dress and behaviour. Drill is the starting point for learning teamwork. Initially taught in small groups at the unit, it gradually builds up until you can really take pride in your ability and maybe even end up on a Royal parade.
Drill (marching) is a vital part of encouraging teamwork. When a group of twenty cadets walk on to a drill square they are all individuals, but as soon as a session of drill begins the cadets become a team following the orders given by one person. Instead of twenty individual feet hitting the ground, there is only one bang, this is a result of practise and teamwork.
Drill is also used to move cadets from one place to another in a smart orderly fashion. This shows civilians and members of the forces just how well disciplined the cadets of the Air Training Corps are.
As you can see from the photos, cadets participate in various forms of drill, some of which include:-
Basic Drill - Quick & Slow Time
The Squadron attends the annual Remembrance Sunday parade in Bournemouth as well as the ATC Sunday parade held each Spring.
This is an ideal opportunity for the Squadron to display its Dress, Discipline and Drill skills to the public and is an impressive memory for all involved.