YOUNG fliers will be marking 150 years of the Cadet Movement at a special gliding induction course being held at RMB Chivenor later this month. The North Devon-based 624 Volunteer Gliding Squadron is hosting a Cadet 150 Gliding Induction Course Weekend

YOUNG fliers will be marking 150 years of the Cadet Movement at a special gliding induction course being held at RMB Chivenor later this month.

The North Devon-based 624 Volunteer Gliding Squadron is hosting a "Cadet 150 Gliding Induction Course Weekend" on Saturday and Sunday June 26 and 27 - one of hundreds of events taking place all over the country throughout 2010 to mark the historic milestone.

During the weekend the Squadron aims to complete gliding induction courses for 150 young cadets from the Devon and Somerset Wing, the Plymouth & Cornwall Wing and the Combined Cadet Force.

The Cadet Movement - which comprises the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the Air Training Corps (ATC) - has origins dating back to 1860, when it was formed to help bolster the country's defence numbers following heavy losses in the Crimean War.

Squadron Leader Gregory North, Squadron Commanding Officer, said: "The Volunteer Staff of 624 Squadron wished to make an extraordinary effort for the benefit of affiliated cadets to mark this very special 150th anniversary.

"We aim to provide a 'hands-on' flying experience for 150 Cadets aged 13 to 18 years, many of whom will never have flown before."

To discover how to join or support the cadet movement, visit www.cadet150.org