Military graduation

Recent Graduation: Inverurie man, Brad Duguid (32) has qualified as a Flying Officer after completing his IOTC. Picture: Submitted
Recent Graduation: Inverurie man, Brad Duguid (32) has qualified as a Flying Officer after completing his IOTC. Picture: Submitted
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A ROYAL Air Force Officer from Inverurie has recently graduated from a military collage in Lincolnshire.

Brad Duguid (32) has qualified as a Flying Officer after completing the No. 26 Initial Officer Training Course (IOTC) at the Officer and Aircrew Cadet Training Unit at RAF College Cranwell, near Sleaford

Brad joined 30 fellow cadets outside the historic College Hall to parade in front of Air Vice-Marshal Matt Wiles, Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary. Music on the day was provided by the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment and there were flypasts by a Tornado GR4 aircraft from IX Squadron, RAF Marham.

Brad attended Inverurie Academy before joining the RAF in 1996 and now that he has graduated as an officer he is destined to take up a post, in the near future, as a Communications Electronics Engineer with the Defence College Communications and Info Systems at RAF College Cranwell.

Attributing his success to those that have supported him, he spoke after the parade, He said: “I am proud to take my next step in my military career but I would not be stood here right now if it wasn’t for the help of my family and friends.”

Bradley, whose parents Beverley and Doreen live at Inverurie, has a foundation degree in Science from the University of Lincoln, and is a keen sportsman who enjoys mountain biking and rugby.

The Initial Officer Training Course (IOTC), is spread over a 32-week period comprising three training terms each of ten weeks, separated by one week’s leave. The course is a combination of basic military skills, theoretical and practical leadership training, air power studies, self awareness, physical education and adventure training, general Service and professional studies, command and management responsibilities.

Officer cadets entering the specialist branches – chaplains, legal, medical, dental and Meteorological officers – undertake a shortened course, the Specialist Entrant and Re-Entrant (SERE) Course.