C/Sgt Alexander Buck of 10 Pl Romsey Selected For Bavaria Adventure Training Trip
Cpl Alex Buck from 10 Plt Romsey, Z Company has beaten over 180 applicants to go to Bavaria for a week to undertake everything adventure training!!
The trip organised by the cadet Centre for Adventurous Training (CCAT) was open for cadets wishing to go by filling in an application form stating their cadet qualifications and interests.
6 Pl Kings School Have An Evening With The Rifles
Cadets from 6 Pl Kings School (Rifles) take the short walk from Newburgh House to the Peninsula Barracks to have an evening with the Rifles Support Team.
Held just outside the Rifles and RGJ Museum premises the cadets were given an introductory talk bu the Team Commander Cpl Jason ROGERS. These four teams from across the UK attend all sorts of events to help with youth engagement. The museum was also kept open for the cadets to visit by curator Melanie Marsh.
The evening started with some light infantry drill and then onto getting down and dirty with copious amounts of the dreaded cam cream.
Then the cadets were split into two teams for some difficult command tasks, one involving quite a serious logic problem of getting numbered tyres from one cone to another that presented quite a challenge.
The evening was also attended by the detachment staff C/Sgt David Nutbeam, as well as PI's Tim Smith and Helena McDougall.
Due to the cadets and their strenuous exercise they were treated to pizza and chips at the end courtesy of the detachment!
4 Pl Overton Host Armed Forces Day Charity Dinner
Select cadets from 4 Pl Overton did their part for Armed Forces Day by serving distinguished guests at the Royal British Legion Whitchurch Branch Charity Fundraising Dinner on the 25th June.
The event held at Testbourne Community School, also saw the whole of Z Company HQ staff with partners and guests book a table to enjoy the evening.
The cadets did a fantastic job of getting the food out promptly with no major disasters of plates tipped into laps!
SSI Steve Slack the Detachment Commander kept a close eye on their efforts as well as running the bar and then taking to the stage to act as the "Man with the Mic" when it came to the raffle and blind auction, (of which he was a natural!) There was live entertainment throughout the evening and a great time had by all to celebrate Armed Forces Day and to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of The Somme 1916.
D of E Exped Tour of The New Forest
20 cadets came together just outside Brockenhurst to start their preparations for their D of E Bronze Expedition.
Once their bergens had been weighed to make sure no-one had brought the kitchen sink, it was a quick briefing by Coy D of E lead 2/Lt James Lillicrap and then a kit check by the two assessing officers SMI Mark Holdway from Y Coy, and SSI Sheryl Payne of X Coy.
Three qualifying groups and one practice group set out using their prepared route cards, with the future check points covered by assisting staff the OC Major Tim Hope, CA Fiona Hope, the 2/IC Capt Ali Longworth and SSI Steve Slack of 4 Plt Overton.
Although having a slight delay at the start the cadets really got stuck in with some serious progress being made and no groups becoming horribly lost, and all eventually arriving safely to the Ashurst camp site where the tents were pitched and evening meal prepared.
Z Company Take County Swimming Title
The six Company's put forward their best swimmers to take part in the County Swimming Competition held at the Army Training Regiment (ATR) in Winchester.
The level of swimming expertise was very high but at the end of the day it was Z Company (Simply The Best) who came away with the overall title.
Cadets Sample Top Army Scram And Meet The Cast Of Watership Down
Thirty-nine cadets from Z Coy travel to the Barton Stacey Area 3 training area to find out what it is like to cook in the field from candidates on their training exercise from the Food Services Wing (FSW) based at Worthy Down.
The budding army chefs have to undertake a week long training exercise and are presented with numerous scenarios where they have to show their acquired skills in preparing great food using both army compo rations as well as fresh rations.
The evening saw cadets from 4 Pl Overton (PWRR), 5 Pl Winchester (PWRR), and 6 Pl Kings School (The Rifles) first receive a safety brief from C/Sgt Hardy one of the instructors and then move onto the four field kitchens where the trainees gave their personal brief. The food on offer was exceptional with everything cooked from scratch and it wasn't long before the cadets were tucking into heaped plates!
The evening was also attended by the FSW OC, Major Enid Thomson and other FSW staff as well as the various instructors keeping a close eye on things as it was continual assessment for the trainees.
After their meal the cadets were then shown how a survival interest lesson of what must be done in order to skin and prepare rabbits in order to cook. Sgt Toby Offord, an instructor with the FSW, who has close links with 5 Pl Winchester demonstrated the skinning and gutting procedure as well as what to look out for to ensure the rabbit is a healthy animal before cooking.
The end of the evening saw Sgt Offord presented with a card to say a massive thank you for all the help he has given the ACF as he was soon to be posted elsewhere.