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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

Today marked the middle-point of Camp – by night-time, four days gone and four to go. Aside from the Corps of Drums (for whom this was their Adventurous Training Day) and the Adult Instructors (for whom this was the dreaded Assessment Day), the main theme of the day was the cycling around of training cadres, two of whom – the Two Star Training and Assessment cadres – came to the end of their Fieldcraft sessions, as evidenced by the multiple blank-firing exercises erupting across the training area, as Cadet patrols bumped against their adult instructors, now playing the part of the villainous enemy with a frequently dubious dress-sense.

As these exercises drew to a close, the Three and Four Star cadres were preparing their Cadets for a deployment into the field in the late afternoon, where they will live for the next two nights, under shelters they were completing as the light faded.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

The idea of training by cadres might be new to the County, but what has remained unchanged on this first training day has been the energy and determination shown by all, Cadets and staff alike. Most remained in the Camp – though that will very quickly change as huddles of Cadets went through the age-old routine of preparing to go into the field by packing, unpacking and then re-packing again to ensure that they have what they need and know which pocket or pouch of waterproof bag to find it in; even though this was a glorious day, these are the older, more experienced Cadets and they know how fickle “Exercise Weather” can be.

This is an outline of what happened today:

  • The Two Star Cadets – two groups of them, one training, one being assessed for their Two Star awards – spent most of the day preparing to go into the field, liberally supplied with water, sun tan cream and insect repellent
  • The Three Star Training cadre spent a happy day on adventurous training, including canoeing, managing to press-gang one of the Press Team into a boat, which even stayed upright
  • The Three Star Assessment cadre spent their day trying to remember how to navigate in sunny conditions, where they can actually see the terrain unimpeded by cloud and mist
  • Four Star Cadets spent their time going through Fieldcraft skills including the delivery of Orders
  • The Corps of Drums meanwhile spent their day on the 25m Range, being assessed on their marksmanship skills.

 

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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Crowborough Camp Welcomes Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force

By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

“The Training Event” of the year has once more come around! GMACF has set up Annual Camp at Crowborough in East Sussex. After a day’s sometimes fraught travel on the country’s motorways, everyone has arrived safely in Camp and the initial settling in and muster parade are behind us.

This year’s Camp will be conducted to an entirely new formula. First off, it will be to a shortened, eight-day format, secondly, we are without our newest Cadets (our training One-Stars, who camped earlier in the year, at Easter), and finally, rather than training by Companies, we’re training by Cadres. Each training cadre is focusing on a particular level of skill or qualification and the Cadets in each cadre are drawn from all over Greater Manchester, so that it will be a completely new experience, giving everyone the chance to make new friends and develop their general Cadet skills, and their leadership skills, because this is very much a camp for potential and current junior Cadet JNCOs.

The Cadet training cadres are:

  • Two Star
  • Three Star
  • Four Star – preparing them especially for the most challenging of the ACF external courses, the Senior Cadet Instructors’ Course, the Cadet Leadership Course and the Master Cadet Course
  • The Corps of Drums – who in addition to their musical skills, will also undergo other forms of training including a range practice

And, behind the scenes – at least for now – is a training cadre for future Adult Instructors.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

 

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By 2Lt Andy Pilling, 1 (Minden) Company, GMACF

Cadets and staff from Number One (Minden) Company, GMACF gave up a weekend recently to support Cancer Research UK run the annual Pretty Mudder and Race for Life events in Heaton Park, Prestwich. This annual event raises hundreds of thousands of pounds to help in cancer research.

Day One started at 8 am with Cadets travelling to Heaton Park to be briefed on the Pretty Mudder Event.  As the morning went on, the day became hotter and hotter and more and more participants arrived in various shades of pink.

For those taking part in the event it started with a gentle warm up. The Cadets showed off their abilities in dance warm up sessions throughout the day, assisted by an instructor on the main stage.

For the ladies taking part, the route comprised a 5 Km route going over, under and through various obstacles, those obstacles involving lots and lots of mud added by water, kindly topped up by the Cadets, who took the opportunity to practice their shooting skills, not with their usual rifles, but with large powerful water pistols. They filled the pistol with nice cold water, taking aim and firing a long stream of water at their victims, which resulted in some loud shrieks from those taking part.

At the end of the race the final straight to the finish was lined by the Cadets, giving loads of encouragement for the muddy and tired participants. Race completed, success was rewarded by a medal and a nice bottle of water handed out by the Cadets.

Once the last of the participants had gone through the course the Cadets took the opportunity to show their own love of mud and do the course. Not making any attempt to keep their uniforms clean.

After a long day, with numerous medals and bottles of water handed out the they headed off home, for many to return on Sunday.

Sunday saw them return for another hot day in the sun. Uniforms now all clean and smart after the previous day in the mud – parents – how do you do that?

A gentler day saw several thousand ladies, children and even dogs arriving to run, jog and walk the two 5km and 10km events around the grounds of Heaton Park, each with their own personal stories and reasons for attending on T-shirts and cards carried on their backs.

Once again, Cadets displayed their dancing skills to assist in the warm-up, whilst others fired streamer cannons over the participants announcing the race was about to start. Guided by a line of cadets the thousands of runners were led to the start line and on the sound of the air horn, they were off.

On the successful completion of the course cadets welcomed the runners with a high fives, a medal and bottle of cooling water to drink. Even the dogs got their very own medals for completing the run.

The day was complete, thousands of bottles of water and medals handed out and a successful weekend was over with £450,000 raised for a very important cause.

Cadets returned home for a well-earned rest and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

At a ceremony held recently at Gorton Monastery in Manchester, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Colonel Warren J. Smith presented awards to cadets and Adult staff of the County. They were:

  • Cadet Colour Sergeant (now Cadet CSM) Emily Hoyle
  • Cadet CSM James Burns
  • Cadet Corporal Jonathan Spencer
  • Colonel Mike Glover (formerly Commandant GMACF)
  • Major Rob MacDonald
  • CSM Dougie Craddock

CSgt Hoyle’s citation recorded her achievements as follows:

“Cadet Colour Sergeant Hoyle has been a member of the Army Cadet Force since the spring

of 2014 … she has represented her Company and County on several military and non-military events, including advanced First Aid, swimming, football and cross country. Her commitment to the ACF is exemplary. Her experience is put to good use on training weekends where she is a member of assisting the adult staff … In 2016, she successfully applied for the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Exchange programme and spent six weeks in Whitehorse. Since returning she has inspired other cadets to apply for the RCAC in 2017”

Cadet CSM Burns joined the ACF in the autumn of 2011. After progressing steadily through the APC syllabus, he successfully completed the prestigious Master Cadet Course in spring 2016 … he has represented his Company and County on several events including Shooting the Cambrian Patrol Competition at Sennybridge in 2016 and the Champion Cadet Competition at CTC Frimley Park. In addition to assisting adult staff on Company training and Annual Camps he is also the Cadet CSM for the Senior Cadet Training Company (Waterloo Company). A pleasant young man whose manner and hardworking ethos are an example to his peers and the junior cadets, he exemplifies all the Values and Standards of the ACF.

Cadet Corporal Jonathan Spencer Cpl Spencer, while serving with the Cheadle Hulme Detachment, has been heavily involved with the annual RBL Poppy Fund. His help has enabled Cheadle Hulme to become RBL Cheshire’s top achieving youth organisation in terms of fundraising –  in 2016 Cheadle Hulme collected £14,000 and in 2015 £18,000. As part of the 2015 collection presentation Cpl Spencer received the top collectors award. His progression through the ACF APC syllabus has not been as he would due largely to his other commitment to sailing – recently he was part of 12-strong crew of a 74-foot which sailed from Plymouth to Roscoff in France. His sailing has provided the opportunity to achieve his Yacht Master Competent Crew qualification and Level 2 Power Boat licence and First Aid on Water qualification.

 

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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By SSI Tracey Castledine, 1 (Minden) Company), GMACF

Friday 24th March saw 15 Cadets from Radcliffe, Ramsbottom and Middleton embark on a journey to Giant Seats Scout Camp in Radcliffe for a weekend of Fieldcraft and Navigation. Friday saw the Cadets set off carrying their rucksacks for the 4km journey to the campsite. When they arrived they were greeted with hotdogs and a safety brief by SSI Castledine.

Saturday morning, PI Spencer and SSI Barber got up early to prepare breakfast whilst the rest of the staff woke up the Cadets. Training commenced at 8am with the 1 Stars heading in to the nearest woodland and the 2 Stars headed off to Bury Detachment to practice fire and movement and break contact drills. In the afternoon, the 2 Stars did theory lessons whilst the 1 Stars carried on with their training in the wooded area which consisted of camouflage and concealment, cooking in the field and setting up bashas to name a few.

On Saturday evening PI Spencer and SSI Barber prepared tea and then at 19:30, the 1 Stars acted as enemy whilst the 2 Stars practiced setting up a harbour area, clearance patrols and did a recce on the enemy, once back the they did a patrol report so that a set of orders could be made for the main attack the next day.

Sunday saw huge activity starting with breakfast and a clean up. Training started at 8am in the wooded area with the 2 Stars planning a surprise attack on the 1 Stars. At 10:30am the attacked started, the 2 Stars coming from two different directions to confuse the enemy who didn’t stand a chance against the mighty 2 Stars who put a huge amount of effort into their mission.

The weekend concluded with a debrief given by platoon commanders followed by an overall exercise debrief by SSI Castledine, thanking the Cadets for their hard work and effort and for the staff who turned up and worked hard to ensure that the Cadets got the most out of the weekend. Finally, with the sun beaming down on us as it had been all weekend we set off back to Radcliffe Detachment were the Cadets were being picked up by their parents.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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By Cadet Sgt Cameron Flanagan, Bury Detachment, 1 (Minden) Company, GMACF

On 18th February, eight cadets from across Greater Manchester assembled at the Cadet Training Centre at Holcombe Moor ready for our departure to Warcop Training Camp in Cumbria to begin our Senior Cadets’ Instructors Course (SCIC) with the Cadet Training Team from HQ North West.  With final goodbyes given to parents, we set off from Holcombe Moor at a slightly later departure time than first planned but, nevertheless, we still arrived at Warcop early.  A quick stop at Lancaster Services meant that we could buy any last-minute items that we required for the course that we may have forgotten (I was one of these people!).  Upon reaching Warcop Training Camp at 13:00, we were signed in and given our accommodation which we would occupy for the duration of the course.

Sunday 19th February was the first full day of the course which consisted of us getting to know our peers in our sections, with whom we would be working for the entire course.  We were taken to a conference room where we listened to a presentation from one of the Cadet Training Team on Leadership and the Values and Standards of the Army Cadet Force (yes, even senior cadets are reminded of these!).  Skill at Arms lessons had been handed to us on the previous night and the main aim of this day’s training was to plan and prepare a successful lesson on a given subject within the Skill at Arms syllabus.  The lesson that I received was Rifle Lesson 9 – Immediate Action Drills and Stoppages – specifically how to resolve a stoppage caused by a loose magazine.  We were tasked with working as a collective, either in pairs or as a small group, in order to aid one another to plan, prepare and rehearse a successful Skill at Arms lesson on the following day.  Once we had toiled away at the endless lesson plan, we finally retired to our accommodation where we worked even more, practising and rehearsing our lessons with our newly made friends which eventually took us to Lights Out.

Monday 20th February was day of the course which most of us were dreading, the day when we would have to deliver our well-prepared Skill at Arms lessons.  We moved away into our sections and began the long and wearing process of delivering lessons to our fellow peers.  I sat through at least six lessons before it was my turn to teach, getting ever more tense.  Cdt Cpl Chloe Evans from 5 Company went immediately before me and she delivered her lesson to the cadets whilst I was reading through my lesson plan to ensure I knew what I was going to do and when I was going to do it.  Finally, my time had come.  I introduced my lesson and delivered it successfully to the other nine cadets in my section and positive feedback was given to me by my section commander, Sgt Peter McBride.  I had been told that my lesson was a solid 8/10 and was an overall “Highly Competent” lesson which made me feel great – a pleasing reward for the amount of work and thought that I had put into it.  The remainder of the day consisted of the last few lessons being delivered to us by our peers and, with these complete, we were already a third of the way through our course with just a fieldcraft lesson to teach as well as the much-anticipated fieldcraft exercise, Exercise DIAMOND SWORD.

Tuesday 21st February consisted of us being issued with rifles and a prompt move out to the training area at 08:00.  Once we reached the training area, we went off into our sections to deliver our fieldcraft lessons that we had prepared the previous night.  I was told to teach ‘Moving as a Member of a Section’ as part of my fieldcraft lesson and, upon getting to our location, I was instructed that I would be going last.  The day mainly focused on the delivery of the fieldcraft lessons and, once I had completed my lesson, I was told that my lesson was a 7/10.  We then moved back to camp to return weapons and soon progressed into the orders process, taught to us by Sgt John Swithenbank.  To put an end to another long day, we all packed our kit ready for the fieldcraft exercise which we would be undertaking over the next few days.

Wednesday 22nd February – Friday 24th February were the days that I, personally, was dreading because it was the fieldcraft exercise where we would spend the two days’ training while being assessed on our leadership capabilities.  We all deployed to Warcop’s extensive training area and began Exercise DIAMOND SWORD, which comprised many different fieldcraft phases including TIWAF (Training In Woods and Forests) and the infamous Section Attacks, all commanded by fellow cadets from all three sections with command appointments being changed regularly to ensure that everyone had the opportunity to command, either as a section commander or as a section 2 IC.  Chaos descended! We all had the opportunity to put into practice the skills that we had picked up at our detachments and on our company weekends and we now had the chance to develop these skills to a higher level.  With the exercise complete, we all returned to Warcop Training Camp and one by one were invited for interviews with our section commanders who had instructed us throughout the week.  This was the time for us to reflect on our strengths and areas to improve in the future as well as how the section commanders thought we performed on the course.

Saturday 25th February – the final day.  This was the day that we had all anticipated for a week and it had sprung upon us so quickly.  We had to clean our accommodation ready for handover as well as pack away our kit.  Afterwards we all proceeded to the Sergeant’s Mess where we would be presented with our Course Certificates by the Commandant of Cumbria Army Cadet Force, Colonel Anthony Steven.  Smiles all round, we all said our goodbyes and exchanged contact details with the new friends that we made over the week.

However, for some of us, it was not the end of the training week –  as Cdt CSM Lewis Stephenson, Cdt Cpl Hannah Dawes and myself had decided to re-join our companies at Holcombe Moor where 1 and 4 Companies were training. So  our triumphant returns were put back a day.  Once we finally did get homes on the Sunday, we all felt proud that we had represented our County on the SCIC as well as our detachments when we assisted with our company camps.

I am very grateful to have had the chance to do this course as it has taught me how to be a better instructor and a better leader and I take this opportunity to thank all the staff from the Cadet Training Team for all of their hard work to make this course such a fun week for all of us.  Finally, I’m also grateful for all the new friends from other counties and detachments that I have made over the course of the week who I would not have had the opportunity to meet had I not gone on this course.

If you are a senior cadet considering completing the SCIC in the future, I recommend that you attend as soon as your instructors say you’re ready. For me it was one of the greatest opportunities that I have had within cadets and it made me feel more confident with myself as well as meeting some of the best people that you will ever meet.

The Manchester cadets who attended SCIC 2 from 18-25th February were:

Cdt CSM Lewis Stephenson – Bury Detachment, 1 (Minden) Company

Cdt CSgt Emily Hoyle – Levenshulme Detachment, 3 (Somme) Company

Cdt Sgt Bradley Turner – Wigan (KRH) Detachment, 5 (Anzio) Company

Cdt Cpl Chloe Evans – Hindley Detachment, 5 (Anzio) Company

Cdt Cpl Cameron Lamont – Flixton Detachment, 4 (Korea) Company

Cdt Cpl Hannah Dawes – Flixton Detachment, 4 (Korea) Company

Cdt LCpl SebWalsh – Wigan (Grenadier Guards) Detachment, 5 (Anzio) Company

… not forgetting two cadets who attended SCIC 1 from 11-18th February, who were:

Cdt Sgt Jade McIlhatton – Shaw Detachment, 2 (Kohima) Company

Cdt Sgt Charley McIlhatton – Shaw Detachment, 2 (Kohima) Company

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

 

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