National award for Montrose cadet


A Montrose cadet has been named as the Top Male Cadet in the Air Training Corps. 

Cadet Warrant Officer Jamal Ronald of 2288 (Montrose) Squadron received the Dacre Sword in recognition of his achievement from Air Marshal Julian Young during a ceremony held at RAF College Cranwell on 12 May.

Prior to the award, CWO Ronald and his fellow finalists were interviewed in a “Dragon’s Den” style scenario. Nominees from each region were put under intense questioning by a panel of judges to find the winners. CWO Ronald faced five Top Male Cadets from across the other five regions, winning out against some tough competition.

CWO Ronald has been an Air Cadet since June 2014. He was named best cadet in North East Scotland Wing for 2017/18. He was also the Squadron’s Cadet of the Year for 2018, his second in a row. This was awarded based on his high attendance, ability to lead the squadron as its most senior NCO and his achievements in sports, shooting and first aid. He also had the honour of being Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for Aberdeen City in 2018/19.

He gained his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award in November 2018 and is currently in the process of completing his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. He has recently been nominated to represent the RAF Air Cadets and Scotland & Northern Ireland Region in the International Air Cadet Exchange programme, and is delighted to be visiting his chosen destination of Hong Kong.

The top cadet in the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) was CWO Grace Dobson of George Heriot’s School CCF in Edinburgh. She was presented with the Sir John Thomson Memorial Sword.

CWO Ronald with his fellow winners, finalists and Air Marshal Young.

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