Chesterfield cadets take part in the Duke of Edinburgh
Award Scheme. This is a nationally recognised series of
awards that are very attractive to universities and
The scheme is based on personal
progression and development. There are three levels to
the award, Bronze, Silver and Gold At each level of the
award you will have to demonstrate that you have
completed the following activities - MOST OF WHICH
YOU WILL ALREADY BE DOING AS A CADET ANYWAY.
here to see how to wear your D of E Award Badges
Bronze D of E Badge
Silver D of E Badge
Gold D of E Badge
In this section, the cadet needs to show that they
have been of help to the community. Our cadets help out
with a variety of charities and other good causes
throughout the year whilst a number of them are involved
in training the newer, younger cadets. These activities
will generally fulfil the criteria for the Bronze Award.
NCO service as a Corporal is often used to qualify for
Silver whilst Staff Cadet or Senior NCO service as a
sergeant or above can be used to qualify for the Gold
Many cadets use their ATC exam studies to qualify for
this section. Leading Cadet training will count for
Bronze, Senior Cadet for Silver and Staff Cadet for
In this section the cadet needs to
improvement in their physical abilities. This may be
done via tests in a series of exercises or it might be
done via participation and training in a new activity.
Cadets on Chesterfield Squadron are now able to take
part in an Archery Course.
consists of an expedition in open country. It can take
place on foot, by cycle, canoe or even on horseback. For
Bronze, an expedition will consist of 15 miles of
walking over two days camping for one night. For Silver,
the cadet must complete 30 miles walking over 3 days
with 2 nights camping. For the Gold Award, they need to
cover 50 miles over 4 days with 3 nights camping.
Residential (Gold only)
cadets use the work that they do training other cadets
during their annual Summer Camp or at the Trent Wing
Beckingham Camp to qualify for this section.