New Cadets put to the Test

1461 JCCLast weekend saw Air Cadets from 1461 (Wigston) Squadron deploy on a fieldcraft training exercise for the new recruits.

The Squadron had invited other local squadrons to join them, an offer taken up by junior cadets from seven other units across South and East Midlands Wing

The weekend saw cadets being introduced to Air Cadet life on camp. Cadets demonstrated their skills at living and working together.

Cadets were billeted in bunk rooms and had to learn to live with others, and were introduced to mess food eating with regular service men and women in the Junior ranks mess.1461 JCC 2 (3)

The camp then moved out into the field, taking control of a patrol base and wooded area to learn the basics of fieldcraft, camouflage and concealment, moving silently and what clothing and equipment they would need.

After dinner the cadets returned to the field to undertake an exercise putting together all the elements they had learnt.

Before darkness fell the troops were back to the World War Two briefing room and were treated to a showing of the Battle of Britain film, once the staff pointed out the significance of the date!

Sunday saw the cadets having a tour of a Harrier Heritage Unit where they were able to get up close and personal with items of interest and of course the mighty Harrier.

Camp Commander, Flight Lieutenant Tim Hargraves, said; “this is a great opportunity for cadets to understand what it can be like being away on camp. Having spoken to them they are now happy they could undertake an annual camp or even Swynnerton greens camp next year. “