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Sunday, Week 1 - What Cadets/Military Has Taught Me
WL - Cheeky Chip
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It's the first Sunday of 2015, so here goes the beginning of my insane attempt to get all my writing ideas out.

Technically, September will mark the 10-year mark for my involvement in cadets/the military, but I don't see any harm in starting a bit early. (Nothing is too early for someone who's been waiting 2-3 years just to see the ultimate Pi Day [3/14/15 9:26:53...] take place. Yes, I'm a nerd. Get over it.)

Anyway, Week One, Sunday:



1. To do my hair in a professional manner

I've been pretty self-reliant on doing my hair for a long time; even before cadets. I mean, if my mom wasn't around, who else was going to do it? But when I joined cadets, I truly was on my own on that front - nobody else in my family knew how to help me get it to the standard needed. Right from the get go, I had nothing but training manuals, senior cadets, and my keen powers of observation to guide me.

It was slow going at first (read: a full year or two), as I had no idea that you were meant to use hairnets and gel/spray - I'd never used either before. I copped out and cut it short two months in, giving up on trying to fix it, as just cutting it all off seemed like the best option at the time.

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This isn't two months in; it's actually the beginning of Year 2. Also, there won't always be pictures; I just thought this point could use some illustrations.

It got better as time progressed and I learned all the tricks of the trade to turning one's hair into a paragon of gel, clips, and neatness IAW the dress regulations.

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Year 2 again, a few months after that last photo: In my defence, the hairs on my neck were way too short to do anything with at the time. The only reason it's even in a pseudo-bun at all (it's really just a ponytail with the end tucked under) is because our senior-most cadet at the time told me to and she was scary.

Thankfully, by the end of my cadet career to the present day as a member of the CF, I've learned how to properly style hair of all kinds: short, long, curly, straight, fine, thick... cadets and the military have ensured I know of at least one straight-forward, professional-looking hairstyle.

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My last night in cadets: Neat and tidy!

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The most recent photo of myself in uniform I could find. It gets easier the longer your hair is, but short hair is also pretty low-maintenance if you know how to do it right.

2. The importance of taking notes and studying

Those who know me (and those who have read my LJ profile) will know that I was homeschooled until I went to university. As such, sitting in classes, taking notes and studying for formal tests didn't have as much meaning for me as they would have other people.

Now, back in 2009, the cadet program went through a massive overhaul, and aspects of training have completely changed. Many things are still the same, but certain things have changed. One, being that they basically abolished all lecture-style classes in favour of more interactive ones, and paper-based confirmation of learning in favour of participation-based confirmation.

So while cadets today may not have this same kind of learning style, it certainly taught me a lot. We as cadets knew there were paper-based tests all the time: for levels, for different subjects taught, for an end-of-training-year/promotion suitability assessment, for a big exam they used to have for being promoted to a senior teaching rank... there were a lot of them.

I had to get used to the idea of going to classes, taking down notes for the upcoming tests (or practicing, as the case sometimes was), and making sure I was ready. Cadets meant a lot to me, and I wanted to do the very best I could.

Even having the added benefit of being homeschooled, which has made me better at being more self-driven, I still credit cadets as being the reason I'm good at prepping for paper tests, all the way up to and including university.

There's my two for today - see you all tomorrow, when I start to wreck a book! :D

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