Royal Logistic Corps Air Despatcher, Sergeant Louisa Steer of 85 (Herring VC) Squadron, has successfully passed the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Instructors’ Cadre 2021 and has now been appointed as a RMAS instructor.
An outstanding Air Despatcher by trade and an equally impressive instructor, Sgt Steer has overcome personal and professional challenges in pursuit of her instructional dream; resulting in her selection as one of 29 successful All Arms soldiers following the annual four-week assessment cadre. Within The RLC, she is the first ever Air Despatcher to be appointed in this role and the twenty-first soldier.
In 2015, Sgt Steer began an assignment at the Army Training Regiment Winchester as a Section Commander Instructor, initiating the instructional pathway that has now led her to this fantastic achievement. Her success within this assignment led to selection for promotion to Sergeant and employment within 85 (Herring VC) Sqn, where she has served for three years to date covering a variety of roles including Junior and Senior Division Instructor within the Army Leadership Development Programme (ALDP) and acting as a Senior Staff Instructor.
Sgt Steer has been further supported to complete extensive development activities such as the Household Division Parachute Regiment Cadre Course, Live Firing Tactical Training and multiple Mandated Army Training Tests (MATTs) alongside her ALDP delivery; pre-requisites for RMAS employment as these additional exposures enable a wider understanding of the RMAS instructional domain.
Speaking to Sgt Steer about her achievement, she said: “The RMAS Cadre was extremely mentally and physically challenging but also enjoyable and getting to know the other candidates and learning from each other throughout really helped us all to develop. The hardest challenge was the penultimate event, Exercise LONG REACH, where we covered approximately 40 miles over Dartmoor carrying 20kg of weight.”
“I am so happy to be selected as one of the next RMAS instructors; six-years of preparation and hard work has been worth it and I’m looking forward to being able to influence and shape the next generation of leaders in the British Army.”
OC 85 (Herring VC) Sqn, Major ‘Herby’ Herbert RLC commented: “Both myself and my predecessor, Major John Frame RLC, take great pride in celebrating Steer’s accomplishment in becoming a RMAS Instructor. Sgt Steer represents a growing lineage of first-rate instructors and is an inspiration to all aspiring instructors within all spheres.”
The Colonel RLC, Colonel Jon West ADC, added: “I am delighted for Sgt Steer, she has done so well… The comments I received from the cadre Directing Staff about her efforts, were outstanding.”
Sgt Steer will now undertake an eight-week Section Commanders Battle Course later this month, prior to her assignment as a SSgt at RMAS instructing the next generation of Army Officers and leaders.