Members of the RAF section were first off, for a morning’s flying at 8 AEF at RAF Cosford. Four of the cadets managed to get into the air. This was followed by a short visit to the museum, where Sam Brennan gave a very knowledgeable tour of the exhibits. The group then returned to school for some team building exercises and were unexpectedly visited by Sqn Ldr Taylor from Headquarters Air Cadets, who gave them a briefing on the overseas camps that are coming up. He will return next month to interview Sam for a commission. Pilot Officer Paul Trahearn enjoyed his first Field Day in charge of the RAF section, as did the cadets.
After a prompt departure, the 68 Army cadets arrived at Swynnerton camp ready for a full day. Five stands awaited them: observation, an introduction to how to safely handle the Scorpion air rifle, a team challenge, the combat trail (a low level obstacle course), and an introduction to the 24-hour ration pack coupled with how to use the trangia stove. Each period lasted for 60 minutes with the emphasis being on the practical application of the new knowledge/skills the cadets had absorbed.
The cadets really got stuck into the activities and a few of them showed signs of becoming the next generation of leaders. Overall they were a real credit to the school and themselves. Major Mark Woodcroft of the Cadet Training Team came to see how the latest crop of cadets were getting on and to discuss various ideas including a leadership course focusing on the Dutch city of Arhnem, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Bridge Too Far.
Meanwhile, seven members of the Junior NCO cadre, under the tutelage of and CI Mick Baker ably assisted by Captain Keith Shindler, successfully completed an intensive days training reviewing their basic skills, with a view to them instructing the younger cadets in the near future. They were given a set of rigorous practical tests, throughout the day, which they all passed with flying colours. This was a reflection of the great attitude with which they approached the whole day.