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CCF day-night challenge

The expressions say it all – weary but satisfied with a job well done!

A small cohort of CCF cadets recently gave up part of their November exeat weekend to take on the elements during a day-night exercise at Pippingford Park.

Exercise ‘Stag Challenge’ was full of surprises with night ambushes, an advance to contact, burgers and Tangfastics – all blended together and designed to achieve maximum activity and help hone field craft skills.

“You can’t teach what you don’t know” says Contingent Commander Colonel Anthony Lamb “and these enthusiastic cadets are the backbone of the College contingent who play a key role in instructing others under supervision from our officers. We had pupils from Years 10, 11 and 13, all keen to learn more and develop their proficiency in a whole range of fieldcraft techniques  – from living in bashas and cooking rations, to tactics and safe weapon handling”.

These NCOs will take their skills back to the College where they will continue to instruct other cadets. There will be further opportunities for keen volunteers in the Lent term when the contingent will offer a live firing range day to any cadets who wish to participate and improve their skills