You may have heard of the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) Award, but don’t know what it is or whether it’s for you. Well, it’s for everyone who likes a challenge. Their mission is simple – ‘to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development, and recognise their achievements’.
To put it another way, they help you succeed. With the same sense of adventure that drew you to the Air Cadets in the first place, the DofE takes you through a program of activities that will leave you a more confident, motivated and capable person.
The Air Cadets is proud to be the DofE Award’s largest participant.
If you’re 14 or over, then you can begin. There are three award levels of D of E which are Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Award. It’s never too late to get in on the action, depending on your age you may be able to jump straight in at Silver or Gold level!
There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold:
- Volunteering – Get involved providing services to individuals or the community and make a difference to other people’s lives
- Physical – Get active and improve your skills and fitness in sport, dance or other physical activities – it’s your choice
- Skills – Find new interests and get new talents (or perfect existing ones), with increased practical and social skills
- Expedition – Get outdoors and plan, train for and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad – an unbeatable experience
- Residential – Only at Gold level. Getting to the Gold level is a big deal and this last stage could see you going to another country, sharing tasks and activities with people you’ve never met. It’ll test your mettle, and set you up for what life throws at you in the future
Pre D of E Award
This is an RAF Air Cadet award that can be completed by those cadets who are not yet old
enough to start the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are 4 Sections to complete:
Volunteering Section: Attend 75% of Sqn parade nights over a 3 month period and participate in a fund
raising, charitable or community event or project.
Skill Section: Complete 1 of the following First Class Cadet subjects:
- Map Reading
- Basic Radio Communications.
- Principles of Airmanship
Physical Section: Select any 3 of the approved physical tests and show improvement over a 3 month period.
Expedition Section: Complete the First Class Cadet Initial Expedition Training.