1344 (Cardiff) Squadron
Air Training Corps
Teamwork Leads the Way


Teamwork Leads the Way

Drill

Drill is basically performing a set of instructions in sync, whether it's as a small team or the whole squadron. These instructions are used to move a squad and position them as required.


There is also Banner Drill, which is similar to regular Drill but with the added responsibility of carrying and manipulating a banner. 


All new cadets will learn the basics of these from the moment they arrive, in order to allow them to seamlessly blend in with the rest of the Squadron. There are also regular courses held throughout the year designed to teach Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Drill as a prelude to attending NCO courses

Parade

When people think of a uniformed organisation such as ours they think of marching up and down and standing in rank and file on a parade square. While the ATC is not the same as the military forces, we do adopt some of their training for discipline and organisation as it's not only one of the best ways to learn these skills but a fairly efficient way to do it.


What's more it looks great when we're at a public event, showing off these skills.

Like all ATC sqns, 1344 takes pride in its dedication to parade and drill, practising as often as possible (especially before a big event), as well as establishing a drill team for competition.


Parade (as an activity) can be summed up as forming up in rank and file to be seen, inspected and spoken to by an officer/NCO. Hence the phrase 'Being on Parade'.


You will also be on parade when you attend a military event whereby you will be marching in formation, usually passed a crowd of cheering onlookers and some dignitaries (including in some cases, royalty). Events such as Remembrance Sunday & Armed Forces Day include marching parades.


Parade as an activity is not to be confused with Parade Nights, which are named because at some point you will form up in such a way, but aren't nights solely dedicated to doing this (there's fun things in between).

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