An Air Cadet from 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron based in Bilborough, Nottingham has had a major success in completing a national leadership course with the British Army.
Cadet Corporal Oliver Chell (16 yrs old) from Nuthall, Nottingham has successfully passed the Tri-Service Cadet Leadership Course, at Nesscliffe Army Training Camp in Shropshire.
Flt Lt Paul Woodward, Officer Commanding, said “Oliver has made an outstanding personal accomplishment in getting onto and passing this course. Nescliffe is lead by the British Army, and is a national course; so being a member of the 40 cadets from all three cadet forces to be selected to attend this course is an achievement in itself.”
The week included a Weapons Handling Test on the SA80A2 rifle (the rifle they use in the British Army), First Aid & Casualty Evacuation Exercises, Radio Exercises, Command Tasks, manning Vehicle Check Points and completing an arduous 3 Day Exercise – which meant living, eating and sleeping in the open field with the SA80A2 rifle – mimicking the conditions used by infantry soldiers.
Whilst on the field exercise the cadets had to do 8 preset tasks over 2 days. On the 1st night there was an ambush; which was followed the 2nd night by a close target reconnaissance, then on the 3rd day there was a simulated Platoon attack on and forted position.
Cpl Chell said “The week long course was amazing, and as an Air Cadet we don’t get to fire the Cadet rifles on field exercises. It was really good fun and the only down side was leaving the camp to come home. I bonded so well with the people I worked with”.
Article Written by Flt Lt Paul Woodward RAFVR (T) OC 504 Sqn