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Wing Adventure Training & DofE Officer

Squadron Leader Bryan Coats
Wing Adventure Training, BELA and Duke of Edinburgh's Award Officer.

Bryan Coats is an ex cadet of 2292 ( Market Rasen) Squadron in Lincolnshire where he rose to the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant and was the first cadet to gain a Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Award in the Wing.

In 1973 he was selected for a commission in the Royal Air Force as a Navigator and underwent Initial Officer Training at RAF Henlow . Unfortunately he was re- coursed and did the course again, but was still unsuccessful and left the R.A.F. - but as he will joke has been trained as an Officer & and a Gentleman twice!. Undeterred by this setback he then joined the West Midlands Police in 1974.

In August 1981 he was commissioned in the RAFVR(T) and was appointed as the OC of 1130 ( Wrekin ) Squadron West Mercian Wing, and confirmed in the rank of Flight Lieutenant in January 1982. However in February 1986 due to relocation, he transferred to Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing and after 3 weeks he was appointed as OC 479 ( Rubery) Squadron.

Progression to Wing Staff followed in Jan 1995 as the Wing Adv Trg and DoE Officer, and he was appointed Squadron Leader in January 1996. He continues to hold the same position and has also served as the Deputy Wing Commander for 8 years.

During his period of service, he has undertaken numerous Annual Camps all over UK, Gibraltar and Germany and attended several Gold Presentations at St James' Palace in London. In July 2006 he attended the Duke of Edinburgh's 50th Anniversary garden Party at Buckingham Palace.  He has also been awarded an AOC's Commendation for meritorious service in Sept 2005. He has also been responsible for twice yearly camps on board HMS Bristol at Portsmouth for the past 10 years, and continues to gain these extra opportunities for our cadets.

He has recently retired from the Police after 30 years service after spending the last 12 years in the rank of Inspector, and highlights his 3 years as a Law Instructor and 5 years as a Detective Inspector in the Professional Standards Department as being the most challenging. He now works part time for a consortium of solicitors. He lists driving, foreign travel and enjoyment as his premier leisure interests

Contact: Sqn Ldr Bryan Coats

Mission Statement
To assist as much as possible all of our units in aspects of Adventure Training, Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme (For which we have been and still are amongst the best performing Wing in the Corps). With the objective of ensuring our cadets achieve the best possible results in these areas, and lessoning where possible the administrative burden on our overworked OC's.

Objectives 2009
The Wing continues to be in the top 5 in the Corps for DofE Awards, and for 2009/2010 with the new changes we could amass our best ever total and be in contention for the Sir Roger Austin Sword - but we would need to get  at least 70 more than the 156 we achieved 2008/09.  Many units have pledged to do more so lets give it out best effort!.

Useful Information

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Wing Adventure Training Officer's Report to CO's Conference Feb 2011
  Training on Private Land Camp Site & Facilities Fees
  Adventure Training Authorisations Changes
  Minutes of Wing Adventure Training Officers Meeting - 12Feb06
  Wing Policy Document - Procedures for Training on Land or Water in the UK
  Wing Adventure Training Establishment - Elan Valley
  Adventure Training in the ATC - Presentation
  ACP16 Fieldcraft Training - Chapter 1 - Policy Statement and Definitions
  Adventure Training Applications
  BADER - Electronic Submissions of Adventure Training Applications
  Note: The following two items are PowerPoint Presentations which may take some time to download. You are advised to download them to your own PC before running them.
  How to Submit Adventure Training Applications using BADER
  How to Create PDF’s to accompany Adventure Training Applications
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  eDofE the future for DofE programmes - An introduction to eDofE 10MB
  eDofE - Update - Trial Licences & Registering of Candidates
  Duke Of Edinburgh 's Award - 6 th Edition Handbook - Update
  Duke of Edinburgh 's Award Expedition Assessors Accreditation Scheme
  Wing Performance D of E Interesting Facts & Wing Targets 2006 ~ 2007
  Wing & Squadron D of E Award Yearly Totals 1999 - 2015
  Wing Performance - DoE Year 2010/11
  Wing Performance - DoE Year 2006/07
  Wing Performance - DoE Year 2005/06
  D of E award Scheme - Spreadsheet - Inc ATC Special Concessions
  Suggested Write up notes
  D of E award Scheme in the ATC - Presentation
  Presentations Involving Civic Dignitaries - Procedure
  Accredited D of E Assessors - Sep 13
  Revalidation of Accredited Expedition Assessors New Rules - EAS Course 24 Oct 11
  HMS Bristol Camps
  HMS Bristol Page



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