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Good morning all. Apologies for not posting a drill video yesterday, lots going on! Please find below a video which shows you how to salute to the front properly. Remember then, you only need to salute commissioned officers, whether they are in or out of uniform, and you only need to salute when you yourself are in uniform and wearing a beret. Finally, when you salute a commissioned officer, you are saluting the Queen, not the individual officer. Go on then, get practising at home!!
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Just finished my first virtual parade via teams with 496 Sqn. Tonight's parade was just to prove the tech. All the cadets said that they had received the request to join the meeting via Portal and all had found it easy to use. A slight problem we found was that when everybody joined, and then left their microphones open, we were getting a lot of feedback. We overcame this by asking everybody to turn off their mics and we then went to each cadet and staff member individually to make sure that they were okay.
OC. 496 Sqn then showed a brief Powerpoint just to show how it looked, and it was very clear indeed.
I think tonight's short parade proved the tech and I'm sure that we can develop the parade nights over the comings weeks and months.
Many thanks to Flt Lt James Carter for the invite.

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Speaking from an OC point of view. I use Teams at work so that part is easy. To set the SMS up, took about 10 mins adding the links etc. Tonight gave us the chance to see what could work long term. My staff and cadets are buzzing, I've already had a parent text me. I quote "Loving the virtual cadets, thank you. Its the first time ive seen my two smile in the last week, I even heard them chuckle" We now know what works and what we need to improve.

I was invited to participate in the virtual parade night with 496. It demonstrated that the “teams” does work and whilst we are on stand down I encourage al, Sqn’s to give it a go A few teething problems but nothing that cannot be overcome. I encourage other Sqn’s to check it out.

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A sneak preview of 496 Sqn getting ready for this evenings parade

Good afternoon all. One of the things our cadets can complete whilst they are off is their classification training. The Corps training team have produced two posters, one for staff, and one for cadets. They are great posters with a lot of information on them. Can we please ensure that these posters are shared across our Sqn social media pages.
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Good afternoon all. One of the things our cadets can complete whilst they are off is their classification training. The Corps training team have produced two posters, one for staff, and one for cadets. They are great posters with a lot of information on them. Can we please ensure that these posters are shared across our Sqn social media pages. 
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I will be joining the parade night at 496 tonight and will provide a report on how it went.

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Good evening all. Quick message re virtual parade nights. Information has been sent out to all our Sqn's in relation to Microsoft Teams, this is the only virtual training application that will be allowed to used by the RAFAC. Please be patient with your staff, this will be brand new to most of them and they need to get their heads around the system, and more importantly, how they are going to use it to create a virtual parade night for our cadets. More info will be posted on here when appropriate.

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Good afternoon all. Today's drill video looks at the Halt, we all need to stop properly at the end of your march.

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More good news in these difficult times -

We are delighted to announce that on the 10th February 2020 our ex. Cadet Sergeant William Mann went to St James Palace in London to receive his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Certificate.

This award represents many years of hard work and dedication during his time as a Cadet at 2028 Squadron. He is an example of how anyone can achieve the highest award if the effort is put in, so on behalf of us all at 2028 we offer our sincere congratulations to William in this much deserved recognition.

Ex Sgt Mann is pictured with Dame Catherine Grainger.

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STEM activities booklet - going out tonight to Region STEM Officers and Region Training Officers. Available on SharePoint and via public access over the next couple of days. ... See MoreSee Less

Microsoft Teams has been launched for all Bader accounts! Sqn Ldr James Elliott, OC VSDT has produced a training video and how to guide to get Squadrons up and running. The SharePoint article can be seen by CFAV at tinyurl.com/qs8z22a & the video at vimeo.com/400336476
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Hi, just a small degree of clarification in terms of learning packages offered by our Sqn's, and many thanks to Fg Off Seymour for pointing this out. Please see the below text taken directly from the IBN:

"With the uplift in Microsoft Office 365 licences to all CFAV with a BADER account, we now have all
the necessary tools available to deliver online training and direct communication within BADER,
thus ensuring GDPR and safeguarding compliance. Accordingly, all delivery of online training to
cadets outside of BADER is prohibited and is to cease with immediate effect.
Each Bader account will grant the holder access to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is a unified
communication and collaboration platform, combining persistent chat, video meetings and file
storage. We have made training available through Microsoft learning pathways, which covers
everything from starting chats and meetings, to setting up and attending live events."

There is a great deal of work going on at the moment in relation to this and following the corps training conference this weekend, we will know more. HQ are rightly concerned in relation to safeguarding, particularly in relation to live video streams going into cadets houses.

Many thanks again Amy, the issue is now clarified.

Sqn Ldr Jennings
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Sir, will there be some guidance regarding how to access and use all of the above because I’ll be honest with you Sir, not a lot of the above was understood. Thank you Sir.