South West Reservist and Cadet News - March 2016
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Last month the Air Cadet organisation celebrated 75 years since its formation on 5 February 1941.

Within the first month of the organisation's existence the size of the Corps had grown to over 400 Squadrons, and has continued to grow ever since. 
As of 2015 there are 1009 squadrons and flights, meaning that there are squadrons in most large towns in the UK.  Read more.

Dorset Army Reservists mark centenary of historic WW1 cavalry charge

Army Reservists of The Royal Wessex Yeomanry are preparing to commemorate the centenary of one of the most extraordinary feats of the First World War – the victorious cavalry charge of the Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry at Agagia.  Read more.

Royal Marines Reservists head to Norway for Arctic warfare and survival training

Commando-trained Reservists with the Royal Marines in Bristol are off to Norway at the end of February for a severe test of their endurance skills.

Led by Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Maltby, commanding officer of Royal Marines Reserve Bristol, the hand-picked group will join fellow-Reservists from Scotland, the North of England and the South East for a two-week exercise.

It is being conducted by the Regulars of 45 Commando, a Scottish-based commando unit.  Read more.

Yealmpton's Mike Willis honoured for decades of service to ATC

A Yealmpton man who has volunteered for the RAF Air Cadets for more than six decades has been honoured for his years of loyal service.

Mike Willis has been presented with the award known in the RAF as an Air Officer Commanding No 22 (TRG) Group Commendation.  Read more.

Wessex RFCA ties

The Wessex RFCA Charitable Trust has now produced Wessex RFCA branded ties as shown.

These will be available for sale at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday 12th April 2016.

The ties will be sold at a price of £10.

Building Societies pledge support for Armed Forces personnel

A total of 25 building societies have pledged to implement a mortgage policy that allows Armed Forces personnel who are posted overseas to rent out their homes without facing higher mortgage interest rates or a requirement to change their mortgage.
This announcement follows an annual roundtable at No.10 Downing where Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Procurement, challenged financial institutions to support Armed Forces Personnel.  Read more

Last surviving Dambuster flies in to inspire Calne cadets

Air Cadets were treated to a presentation by the last remaining survivor of the Dambusters Raid last month in Calne.

George "Johnny" Johnson recounted the daring Dambusters’ mission to an audience of cadets and fans. He was the bomb aimer of the Lancaster ED 825.

The cadets were transfixed as Mr Johnson regaled them with his stories, including being selected to join the 617 Squadron, receiving his flying medal and meeting the Queen.  Read more.

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About Wessex RFCA

The Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association is an independent, non-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the 3000 tri-service Reservists and 14,000 Cadets across the South West of England.

The RFCA is also required to assist the Defence Council and all three services at any level. To find out more about the RFCA
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Reservists come from all backgrounds, regions and jobs and get paid to train in their spare time. The Reserves cover all three services - The Royal Naval Reserve, Army Reserve, The Royal Marines Reserve and the Royal Air Force Reserve. Find out more.


The aim of the UK cadet forces are to contribute to the development of young people. Cadets have the chance develop new skills and qualities needed to ensure they become the next generation of responsible citizens. Find out more.

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