The cadets from 992 squadron, along with cadets from 2491(Lyneham) squadron, learnt or refreshed existing field craft skills like how to keep clean, cook safely with ration packs, movement in the field techniques such as the kitten crawl, and also how to camouflage correctly within their environment.
Once the training was completed, the cadets put their skills into practice through a number of training exercise scenarios, which included the cadets in their teams observing the enemy camps manned by the training staff, without being detected and note information such as troop numbers and equipment.
Another exercise involved creeping up to a secret meeting between an agent and their informant in the woods and gather intelligence on a secret weapon.
For the Corporals from 992 (Malmesbury) Squadron, the training exercise provided a golden opportunity to hone their leadership skills. Tomas Talkowski said, “It gave me an insight into the work of those out in conflict zones. I was also given the opportunity to put my role as a corporal into practice.”
All the Malmesbury cadets felt they came away with better skills and understanding of what is expected of you when trying to conceal yourself and your team. Cadet Rex Charman said, “I found it was fun and educational at the same time. I’d love to go again and hone the skills I’ve learnt.”
Corporal Tomas Talkowski, Corporal James Slade, Cadet Rex Charman, Cadet Toby Jarvis and Cadet Alasdair Kennedy all agreed that the weekend exceeded their expectations.
Flying Officer Jonathan Wakefield said “Both the staff and cadets from 992 squadron would like to thank both Warrant Officer Mike Tarrant and Flying Officer Steve Bosher for inviting our cadets along and running an excellent exercise”.
(Photo shows Cadets Toby Jarvis 992 (Malmesbury) Squadron and Matthew Harvey-Samuel 2491 (Lyneham) Squadron, cooking lunch)