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CCF Field Day

Posted at 10:30 am on 5th October, 2023

Cadets Experience Naval Training

On 20th September, Royal Navy officers gathered Wellacre’s CCF cadets for a full day of naval training and exercises.

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Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Urie from the Royal Navy CCF liaison team, alongside Warrant Officer (WO1) Cox and Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Smith provided a full day of exercises in which the cadets could put into practice their learning so far. 

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The day began with cadets practicing drills and marching and showcasing their skill level acquired from weekly P6 sessions. 

CPO Smith delivered the field gun training to cadet groups, a physical task which also gave the cadets an opportunity to learn about the origins and traditions of the field gun - including how it has been carried and assembled on the battlefield since 1899, in the Second Boer War.

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As well as being an activity which celebrates Royal Navy history, it is also an effective exercise to promote teamwork, communication and fitness.  At the end of the Field Day, cadets competed in their groups to complete the task in the best time. Well done Petty Officer Jack, Year 11, who’s team won overall! 

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Practical leadership tasks (PLT) were also delivered in groups by WO1 Cox, with cadets working effectively together to complete team challenges, for example, lifting a canister using ropes from outside a perimeter.

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Each PLT was reviewed and assessed by the cadets themselves to see how effective their teamwork was and how they could improve.

Senior Staff Instructor (SSI) Ward said:

“The CCF internal Field Day was a brilliant opportunity for Wellacre’s cadets to enhance the personal development that the unit delivers on a weekly basis and helped students to demonstrate leadership, discipline, communication skills and teamwork. I’m proud of the cadets’ effort and enthusiasm throughout the day.” 

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New Enrolled Recruit (NEC) Lex, Year 9, said:

"I am a new cadet and this has now inspired me to join the CCF as I can become part of a team and have opportunities to do activities I have never done before. I’m looking forward to receiving my uniform and learning about the Royal Navy syllabus.” 

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