On Friday 2 October, some 140 Cadets of the CCF Army Section were out on three different Field Day activities! All these were brilliantly planned and run by senior cadets, colleagues and visiting helpers. With no MOD training areas available to us, we ran a number of activities both on and off site.
Lt Geering and Mrs McEwan-Cox took 42 Year 10 cadets and four Upper Sixth SNCOs to Wendover Woods. Year 10 rose to the challenge of Mother Nature, and applied themselves well to the challenge of learning military skills in heavy rain. The Upper Sixth instructors were outstanding – well prepared, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Year 11 and Lower Sixth remained on-site, where we have access to equipment and can wear our uniforms. Year 11 got stuck into a mixture of ambush lessons, a paintball exercise, and revision of military skills.
Again, superb and well-planned lessons were delivered by our outstanding senior cadets. The Lower Sixth Leadership Cadre reviewed and refreshed their key fieldcraft skills including Fire Control and Quick Battle Orders before developing their section attack leadership and getting a first taste of the mechanics of a platoon hasty attack.
This culminated in a well-executed platoon attack exercise in response to enemy activity led by members of the Lower Sixth with no amount of rain dampening their commitment to training.
As well as to our outstanding seniors, thanks are due to Lt McLarin, Second Lt Akhtar, Mr Walters, Mr Boorman, and our visiting instructors, Second Lt C. Woodall, and Major A Othan.