Radio Training is a basic skill for cadets, with our new progressive training syllabus we have different levels that the cadets can work their way through.
The first of these is the Basic Radio Operator and Cyber Awareness Blue Badge. The Blue badge is an introduction to the competent use a radio for general administrative duties and small exercises where the use of correct procedures must be demonstrated. There is also a requirement to watch the introduction to Cyber Security video that looks at; online footprints, texting, sexting and cyber bullying
- Complete the Basic Radio Communications subject at First Class Cadet level
- Demonstrate the competent use of a radio for communications
- Watch the introduction to Cyber Security video
There are three stages to the Radio Specialist training, they are as follows:
The aim of this badge is to give a cadet the skills required to be a radio operator for a flight of cadets during an exercise. There are 3 parts that need to be completed in order to gain this badge. However to be eligible to complete this badge you must have completed the Basic Radio Operator and Cyber Awareness Blue Badge.
On completion of the Bronze badge the cadets are then able to progress to the next stage of their radio specialist training. This training aims to develop the skills required to run a network control station during a radio led exercise and further develop communication skills. To gain this badge the cadets have a further 4 parts to complete.
On the way to attaining the Silver award, cadets will also qualify as a licensed radio amateur with their Foundation License.
This training aims to develop the skills required to build a complete radio station, either in a building or in the field. There are two modules within this training:
- Technical Skills and Radio Deployment.
- Complete a Residential course delivered by HQ Air Cadets
There are three stages to the Cyber Specialist training, they are as follows:
This training aims to develop the skills and knowledge required to understand and protect oneself from the dangers inherent in modern information and communication technology. Complete a 1 day introduction to Cyber communications course
This training aims to develop the skills required to creatively use information and communication technology in a responsible, competent and confident way. Complete a 2 day course with the following key learning objectives;
- Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- Analyse problems and have practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve these problems
- Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
This training aims to develop the skills required to protect networks from intrusion and test those networks using Penetration Testing techniques
- Pass the Local and Wide Area Networking course by self-study of the training material, if not already achieved
- Complete a one week residential Cyber course at either No1 Radio School at RAF Cosford or by an industry partner