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CCF Army Training Day

Westbourne Academy Combined Cadet Force

Twenty cadets from Westbourne’s CCF spent a day at the Army Training Estate in Thetford to carry out their first ever field training day. It was an early start, on a very cold December morning and there was still mist and fog on the ground when they arrived. Thankfully, the sun came out and the rain stayed away.

The objective of the training was for cadets to learn the basics of living and operating on an exercise. This enables them to make their own decisions on their administration and how to look after themselves and their team. Some of the subjects covered were packing and administration of their kit and equipment, camouflage and concealment as well as shelters.  These lessons require a ‘buddy buddy’ system where two cadets will look out each other for the duration of the exercise. This instils confidence and self-reliance, it also builds on teamwork and that is essential in every situation.

Some other subjects covered during the day were patrolling and movement with and without weapons. This teaches cadets to move quickly, quietly and efficiently over different types of ground. The mist was rolling back in over the forest and surrounding heathland and the temperature was dropping rapidly by the time we finished late in the afternoon.

The first CCF training day in the field went very well with cadets learning some new skills. Despite being in unfamiliar territory and out of their comfort zone, a few cadets showed promising leadership qualities and determination which bodes well for the future of Westbourne CCF.

2Lt S Coe, 2Lt J Pashler and WO2 P McGrath

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