Students from Rockwood Academy’s met with Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, to discuss their positive experiences of being a part of Rockwood’s CCF Army Cadets contingent.
The students discussed the invaluable leadership and life skills they’ve developed since they became members of Rockwood Academy’s CCF contingent, giving the Mayor of the West Midlands a detailed insight into the importance of the CCF in schools.
The meeting coincided with the Mayor’s signing of the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority, which recognises the unique and important contributions to those who serve or have served and their families.
The Armed Forces Covenant is designed as a promise by the nation to ensure that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated farily and given the same access to government and commercial services as any other citizen. This support is provided in a number of areas including: education and family well-being, having a home, starting a new career, having access to healthcare, financial assistance and discounted services.
The Mayors signing of the Armed Forces Covenant reinforces the importance of recognising the Armed Forces and their past, present, and future members. One of the groups committed to making a difference with the Armed Forces Covenant are Cadet Forces. The positive life-changing experiences Rockwood Academy cadets told the Mayor about highlight the invaluable leadership and life lessons the Cadet Forces teach, as well as the lifelong experiences and memories it brings.