Star student Sam Oakes has made important strides to achieve his target of having a key role in the military.
And he credits the two years he has spent on a Uniformed Services course at King’s Lynn’s College of West Anglia for sharpening his desire.
Now the 19-year-old has been promoted to Cadet Warrant Officer with the Air Training Corps, with the important role as its top cadet to act as liaison between staff and cadets at its Loke Road headquarters.
It’s a double success because the former Smithdon High pupil has become the Uniformed Services student of the year at the college.
He has been an air cadet for six years but says it is only since undertaking the Uniformed Services course that he has known what he wants to do in life.
In September Sam, who lives with his family in Dersingham, begins a three-year degree at Worcester University on outdoor leadership and adventure training.
From there he hopes to gain a Commission at Sandhurst with the Parachute Regiment and the chance to achieve his ultimate ambition – to join the coveted 1 Para Special Forces Group.
“It is my dream,” said Sam, whose grandfather served with the Royal Norfolk Regiment in the Second World War.