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PILOT Officer Paul Carter from 1024 squadron Air Cadets, Ryde, started his career as an air cadet aged 13 in Gosport, but has now gone on to receive his Queen’s Commission.

Mr Carter remained in the cadets for ten years until he was 23, making the most of the flying, drill, adventure training and social opportunities the Air Training Corp offered. Ten years later, initially as an adult instructor before becoming an adult Sergeant, Pilot Officer Carter decided to transfer to the Royal Air Force Reserve (Training Branch).

Paul has since undergone Officer and Aircrew selection centre training with the initial officer’s course was completed on 30th June of this year, when he successfully received his Queens commission.

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In order to achieve this, Paul attend the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre at RAF Cranwell initially in March. He was one of the first people within the Corps to attend as part of the Air Corp to do this. He had to undergo selection board interviews, demonstrate his knowledge of the RAF and show his skills as a leader, his aptitude towards conducting the role of being an officer and presenting himself and his uniform appropriately.

Paul said: “It is a great achievement and I am immensely proud to now hold the queens commission”.

Paul, who works full time as the manager of an Island outdoor activity centre, added: “I would encourage all young people to try the opportunities and fun the ATC offers. My involvement has also enabled me to achieve a successful working career and live life to the full. Spending time at 1024 Air Cadets Ryde, has also meant I can give my time to local young people in the same way I was fortunate to experience as a young person”.

1024 SQN meets on Monday and Friday nights. They have grown significantly over the last 6 months and are still looking for more young people to join us. Full details can be found at www.atciow.webs.com

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