The first field weekend of the year is always fast paced and a little hectic! 4 staff deployed on Sunday morning, NWM, DJP, LMH and EGP, CASJ joining us on Monday, with a total of 85 cadets from the Remove to 6.2 year.
From the outset all staff were impressed with the Remove’s attitude to their training. We departed from Radley with a minimum of fuss and began training at Bramley camp at 13.00hrs on Sunday. The Remove cadets were focussed and incredibly enthusiastic about their various training packages that they received, these included, camouflage and concealment, movement in the field, feeding and rations, shelter building and navigation. Each of these ‘stands’ was run by groups of 6th form and Vth form NCOs and they had all taken time to prepare well in advance, set aside appropriate equipment and practice their delivery.
On Sunday evening the Remove year were treated to an ambush demonstration. Vth formers led by 6.1 NCOs had the pleasure of ambushing an ill equipped but highly motivated ‘enemy’ whose acting was first class. The ambush was completed in a professional manner and hugely enjoyed. Following this, a night navigation course was completed in which different numbers of check points had to be reached in a set amount of time. This involved using parts of the training area being used by Stowe School. Radley boys did themselves proud and were polite and sensible in their interactions with their contemporaries. Sunday night was spent in shelters the cadets had built themselves.
A cold but bright and early start to Day 2, and again the energy of the cadets was very high, indeed all were ready to begin their training 15 minutes early. Monday involved teaching stand on observation in the field, paintballing and team based infantry tactics, a stalk, command task and an introduction to the cadet weapon system. We ceased at 12.30hrs and returned to Radley by 14.30hrs. Again, with a minimum of fuss, our post exercise administration was completed rapidly.
An excellent weekend's training for all, particularly those who found they enjoyed the experience more than they thought they would. Cadet NCOs should be thanked in particular for their efforts during the course of the exercise.
Report by Mr Martin - Army section O/C