“I was a cadet at school and had lots of friends in the corps and across the organisation nationally.
“So staying on as an adult instructor and volunteer seemed the obvious thing to do once I turned 18. I’m currently commanding officer and feel that it’s my way of giving back.
Courses and activities
“In winter we meet on Mondays and Fridays but in the summer we spend increasing amounts of time at Ripon Sailing Club where we do a range of water-based activities.
“I also take cadets on a week-long band course on HMS Bristol each year and the unit offers many other courses away with the cadets including a weeks summer camp also on HMS Bristol.
“For me it’s been a great way of keep up with friends from around the country.
“I benefited so much from being in the cadets as a young person that it’s good to be able to pass on the opportunities it provides to the new generation.”