Duke of Westminster Award selection event - day 3&4 round up A summary of the final two days in Somerset

That’s that then.

Gun runs done, table top exercises topped, presentations presented and interviews aced. Now the waiting begins to find out who’s made the final 10 – and what a tricky decision that will be…

good times

Once again we were blessed with great weather for the final part of the week, although we did experience a little of the Quantock Hills’ trademark strong winds at times, which made some of the command tasks tricky!

Day 3 kicked off with an early breakfast, followed by another rotation. Groups took part in either command tasks, presentations, or the table top exercise, depending on which they hadn’t already completed. After lunch, the last rotation of the week took place, followed by the final challenge: the toxic train.

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This was a group command task and involved measuring and constructing a train track suitable for transporting ‘nuclear waste’ across a short distance. The finalists were split into groups of 15 for this, with certain cadets taking over leadership responsibilities in turn.

Nuclear waste safely disposed of, the final dinner of the selection event was served at the bush camp and our cadets enjoyed a song and some dancing (at least that’s what it appeared to be) around the campfire before settling into their tents.

After breakfast on the Thursday morning, the group rounded up their Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 work, were presented with their certificates of attendance and left Somerset, heading home.

We were so impressed with every single nominee throughout the selection week and, at the risk of sounding cliché, trying to narrow our 30 down to 10 is going to be a very difficult task.

We hope to be able to announce those finalists in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest info!


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