AN air training cadet in Huddersfield is celebrating a distinction in an eight-month leadership course.

Odille Carpe, 20, a cadet warrant officer at the town's 59 Squadron Air Training Corps has completed a gruelling junior leader course.

It features a rigorous selection process followed by even tougher weekends in the field and classroom.

One of the highlights was being dropped by RAF Puma helicopter for an assault on a mock village.

This year, only 49 cadets from across the country made it through selection and only 33 lasted the complete course.

Odille, from Rastrick, was one of only three female cadets to pass and also won the Moor Award - the trophy for most improved student.

She said: "During the assault I was the platoon signaller and so had to carry a heavy radio kit on my back. With all the adrenaline pumping, I didn't realise how heavy it actually was."