Duty Calls for Chelmsford Youth Leader

A Chelmsford based PA is rising to new challenges having recently been selected for a Queens Commission working with local young people.

Christina Prior, 31, an Essex girl born and bred, was an army cadet force instructor looking to give more to her young cadets so she put herself forward for selection to become one of the county’s newest Second Lieutenants – and made it.

“I applied because I have always experienced a sense of family, friendship and belonging in the cadet force”, she said. “Its about caring for the future of young people and helping them to achieve their best in life. Now I am in a better position to share my experiences and achieve that.”

Christina was put through her paces in national selections held during April designed to identify skills in leadership. Following her success she is in charge of 4 fellow instructors and 49 cadets aged 12 to 18 at the city’s Springfield Lyons cadet detachment in Colchester Road.

“During the day I am PA to the Chief Executive of East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, and that provides a unique insight into the workings of the cadet forces”, said Christina. “As a local detachment commander my aim is to provide fun, challenging activities for local young people so they can access a wide range of opportunities to develop as useful members of society.”

Formerly a student at Boswell’s School and former army cadet at Melbourne detachment, Christina knows just how beneficial life in the cadet force can be. Having progressed as a teenage cadet herself – and having gained the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award qualification – she went on to study at Derby University and graduated with a degree in American studies. Now, as a newly appointed officer, she intends to take advantage of the further qualifications on offer through the army cadet force in partnership with the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Service with the cadet forces runs in Christina’s family. Her father was an air cadet with the Air Training Corps and her sister was an army cadet and is now an adult instructor with Essex Army Cadet Force, also with ambitions towards achieving a commission.

In her spare time Christina enjoys dress making, reading and cooking, and is always ready for a challenge. Her ambition is to become more closely involved in the delivery of meaningful activities for the young and she is currently arranging the involvement of local youngsters in summer charity events including Armed Forces Day celebrations on 28th June and the Race For Life on 6th July. Keep an eye on the local press for further details.

The good news is that the Army Cadet Force is now looking for adults from all walks of life who share Christina’s passion for helping young people to achieve. People able to take on the challenge of being an officer are needed throughout the area. No previous military experience or high levels of fitness are required. The ACF needs people with common sense, drive and determination who have the ability to communicate with young people and lead other adults in shaping their future. Benefits include free training and equipment, repayment of expenses and payment for time given. Management qualifications are also on offer, which could also improve personal career success.

Get in touch…
For more information about the army cadet force and how you can be part of it call 01245 462302 or visit www.armycadets.com

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