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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 

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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

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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 third day of our Annual Camp saw training cadres all around Crowborough Camp and beyond as the tempo of Camp began to rise.

Decidedly out of Camp were the two Two Star cadres, who had moved out onto the training area last night and had spent the night in shelters they had rigged for themselves. Despite the brief excitement of a pre-dawn shower, this had passed by breakfast time (at least breakfast time for normal folks not wearing camouflage gear and practicing more war-like regimes), and the remainder of the day was warm and sunny. One of the Three Star cadres, along with the Four Stars had meanwhile moved to the adventurous training site some 40 minutes up the road, spending the morning falling into a lake, or causing others to do so, all in the name of canoeing and raft-building; the afternoon was spent biking and orienteering.

The remaining Three Star Cadre had spent part of the morning in Camp, only to mount their Great Escape later, disguised as a Navigation Exercise, returning to camp before they got too hungry. Following the previous day’s shooting practice, the Corps of Drums spent several hours on Tuesday on band practice, whilst the Adult’s training cadre took their place on the 25m and Shotgun ranges, supervised by the County Shooting Officer, Lt Paul Anderton and his increasingly veteran team of coaches, some recently returned from national competition at Bisley. The adults had the opportunity to develop their own marksmanship skills, whilst coaching each other. In a few months’ time, they’ll be passing these skills on to Cadets.

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:

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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 Lt Wayne Harrison, Waterloo Company, GMACF

With the assistance from members of staff from across the County with local knowledge and experience of central London and the surrounding areas, Lt Emma Harrison (OC Waterloo Company) embarked on planning an opportunity of a life time for a number of cadets from the Company.

A group of Cadets accompanied by staff set off late morning on Friday 9th June on the journey south. The main aim of the trip was to attend the Colonel’s Review of the Queens birthday celebration parade (in non-Army, a full dress rehearsal).

On arrival at South London Scout Centre everyone was given an orientation of the accommodation and facilities, dropped their kit into rooms, freshened up and headed out to a local eatery. Back at the centre, it was off to bed ready for an early start the following day.

In the morning,  with blazing sun coming through the curtains everyone was up, ready and raring to go.

After the short journey into the city we headed to take our seats on the parade ground at Horse Guards ready for the parade to begin. With the weather warming up, the emergency supplies of  water and sun cream were open up, our spirits improved further by news of the rain back home in Manchester.

This year, the Colour being parade belonged to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, supported by the soldiers of all five Regiments of Foot Guards, resplendent in the traditional scarlet of the British Infantry.

It took the Cadets a while to notice His Royal Highness, Prince William on horse-back ride onto the parade to take the salute. This would be the only difference to the following week’s parade where the Queen would, as for decades past, take the salute.

On completion of the parade we headed over to Wellington Barracks to take Lunch and have a look around the famous Barracks. After lunch it was off see St James Park,  Buckingham Palace, St James’ Palace, Clarence House,  Churchill’s War Rooms, Admiralty Arch, Downing Street, finishing off with a guided tour inside Horse Guards.  What a day!

Back at the Scout centre everyone enjoyed some downtime to relax and freshen up then out again to a famous chicken restaurant chain for dinner. This was followed in the evening with a little more downtime followed by a briefing from Lt Harrison on the next day’s activities.

The following morning again began with glorious sunshine. After breakfast and handing back the accommodation, we headed out to Windsor. The first stop on the list was a visit to the home of the Coldstream Guards – Victoria Barracks. On walking onto the parade square a comment came from a Cadet about how Victoria Barracks is HAD to be a Guards camp as everything was so clean, tidy and symmetrical.

After having a look round various places within the Barracks, we headed off to Windsor Castle. As we pulled up to the entrance, the Sovereign’s flag was flying which identified that a Royal was there. The Cadets had the opportunity to explore the Castle with the assistance of an audio guide.

On leaving Windsor a quick pit stop for lunch was followed by  the lengthy journey North, with our Cadets’ heads stuffed with happy memories if a weekend well-spent.

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

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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