Army Section Activities
With nearly 100 cadets, by far the largest section in the CCF is the Army. Commanded by Cpt Chris Pearson, assisted by Cpt Steve Shaw, and supported by a team of enthusiastic officers.
The Fourth Form recruits follow the Army Proficiency Syllabus which requires competence in drill, navigation, camp craft, field craft and weapons handling. In order to be awarded the AP certificate, cadets must pass in all the skill areas and have completed an overnight camping or bivouac exercise. Cadets must pass a weapons test before firing blank or live rounds on a range.
The Fifth Form attend the CFIT course led by a Sgt from the Cadet Training Team, who demands a high level of commitment from the trainee NCOs. Last year all 22 cadets successfully completed the cadre course.
Many of our cadets remain in the Sixth Form very much on a voluntary basis, taking on the responsibility of instructing junior cadets in the Army Section and Chindits. They are expected to plan lessons in advance and organise the equipment required for the activity. During the Summer Term the cadets have a chance to participate in outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking and canoeing.