2 May 2019
Early in the Easter holidays around 100 cadets from the School’s CCF Contingent spent a week at Longmoor Camp in Hampshire. The cadets enjoyed sunny weather throughout and faced the challenges of the camp with much enthusiasm, even the early mornings!
The Recruit Cadre started the camp having passed their Weapon Handling Tests and dealt with all of the lessons and drills they were taught extremely well. They were able to put all they had learnt into practice during their highly successful 24-hour exercise, which saw the recruits conduct operations against an enemy force under their Section Commanders.
Highlights for the recruits included carrying out Training In Built Up Areas (TIBUA), participating in a joint attack with the Advanced Cadet Cadre, and their sunset stalk in the Longmoor Urban Training Centre. After arriving back at the main camp the recruits took part in a competition day, with stands assessing skills such as drill, PT and Section Attacks.
The recruits have now received their berets and passed out into the Army and RAF Sections to continue their CCF training.
The Advanced Cadet Cadre also took the difficulties they faced during the week in their stride and were able to efficiently operate out of an Afghan Patrol Base in the UTC whilst being harassed by the enemy, who were situated only a few streets away. This culminated in a number of successful room clearances in a final attack on an enemy-held outpost, with the ACC receiving their laurels for the hard work they put in throughout the camp.
Special congratulations go to the Best Recruit, Jamie Firth, and Oscar Bunting, who was named the Best AI Cadet by the CTT staff. Awards were also given to the Most Improved Recruit, Harry Dewar, and to Freddy Martin who was deemed the Best NCO.
Finally, thanks must go to Sqn Ldr Cottam, Capt Edwards and all other staff members who accompanied us on the camp, from both school and the Cadet Training Team.
Written by FS Jack Johnson