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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

Today – Friday – was the last training day of Camp, though if anything, the pace picked up as a week’s classroom lessons, practical training sessions and rehearsals culminated out on the training in a myriad of firefights and hundreds of blank rounds expended.

The main agents of this carefully planned mayhem were the Three and Four-Star Cadets, running through a variety of battle drills at section level and the training adults who were learning – and learning to teach – the skills which they will one day pass onto Cadets. For all of these Cadets and Adults, their training was not just about becoming skilled practitioners, but on being leaders.

While these exercises were unfolding on the training area, the Two-Star Cadets had spent a less hectic day; the Training Two Stars focussed on marksmanship skills on the 25m Range and the Shotgun Range, while the Assessment Two Stars at last got their chance to sample canoeing, mountain-biking and orienteering at the Adventurous training venue.

Last, and certainly not least, the Corps of Drums spent another day on music training as they prepare for their performance in front of the County on Saturday’s final parade.

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:

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

Almost inevitably, Manchester-type weather hunted us down today and there were showers throughout the early morning until after breakfast time, though it did little to dampen spirits.

Out on the training area, the Three and Four-Star Cadets had spent the night under their bashas, but both positions are well-sheltered by trees and the ground soft and well-drained, and this combined with the experience of past camps and training weekends meant that everyone was well-prepared and the main concern was being issued with one of the more favoured ration-packs. Apparently, the on-trend choices this year are pasta with chicken or meatballs, though the nougat bars raise a few eye-brows and the ginger-sponge in ginger syrup is seen as being a little over-ginger; but the sachets of fruit drink find favour because it’s warm work training at this level. The Four Stars, who’ve had a mind-taxing time learning about the Orders process and how to deliver Orders were grateful to demonstrate their practical skills today, patrolling and setting up and executing an ambush. The Three-Stars were planning an ambush for later in the day.

Meanwhile, in Camp, the Corps of Drums spent most of the day on musical training, now bolstered by additional instructors, while the Two-Star Assessment Cadre spent the day in camp, practising their marksmanship skills on the 25m Range and the Shotgun Range, where a number of Cadets discovered skills that they had not been aware of previously. For Cadets on the Two-Star Training Cadre, it was their turn to visit the Adventurous Training site, though there was a strange early morning reluctance to think that canoeing in the rain was a good idea; as if canoeing in fine weather is ever an entirely dry experience.

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

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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

on YouTube at:

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

on SoundCloud at:

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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:

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

Former Commandant Colonel Mike Glover, accompanied by his wife Elizabeth was recently welcomed back to the Holcombe Moor Cadet Training Centre by current Commandant, Colonel Paul Irvine and members of the Officers’ and Senior Ranks Messes, their aim being to unveil an oak tree and bench outside “the White House”, a building with which many current and former members of the Reserve and Cadet Forces will be thoroughly conversant, having been put to many uses over the years.

Blessed by unusually fine weather, Colonel Glover made a short addressed, followed by a short test flight of the new bench, before everyone retired to the Mess for a slap-up lunch provided by the Camp staff.

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:

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By Cadet Lance Corporal Shelbie Marsland, 3 (Somme) Company, GMACF

Editor’s Note: This year marked the 148th running of the Cadet Imperial Competition. In its current format, it is open to Cadets aged 14 or 15, senior Cadets who may be about to move on to become Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) and CFAVs seeking to improve their own target shooting skills. The event lasts a week, during which competitors fire at 300, 600, 800 and 900 yards using the bolt-action L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle.

Corporal Marsland takes over the story:

Cadet L/Cpl Marsland at Bisley earlier this year.

From the 9th July, I took part in the Cadet Imperial 2017.On arrival, we were allocated our rooms, told the timings for the following day and then left to sort our own kit and to get to know the people we were staying with for the next two weeks. The Cadets around me came from all over the United Kingdom and from the CCF and Air Cadets as well as the Army Cadet Force.

We began our practice shoots on the 10th, as the competitions started on the 14th. The 13th  was set aside as a rest day after two solid days shooting.

From the 14th onwards, we took part in different competitions, shooting at 300, 500 and 600 yards. On the 18th we had the experience of shooting long distance out to 900 yards, a much greater range than most people ever shoot at.

This was the second time I had attended Bisley, but it was  still a whole new experience as the previous time I had fired the L98A2 cadet rifle, whereas this time I was shooting the L81 target rifle. During the course of the week, I learned how to shoot alongside three other people in my lane and to self-coach, trying to judge the wind correctly, adjusting the sights correctly as well as other skills to get the bullet on target.

While doing the Cadet Imperial, I met and made friends with people from different places all over Great Britain. I really enjoyed taking part in the event and I would recommend it to anyone who gets the chance.

L/Cpl Marsland and the GMACF Target Rifle Team at Bisley 2017

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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