Straight after the end of last term nineteen RAF cadets left for their annual camp at RAF Wittering, accompanied by Fg Off Roberts, Fg Off Knights and CI Robbins. We were joined by cadets from the Duke of York Royal Military School from Dover and Bancrofts School from Woodford Green, and all the cadets quickly integrated into their flights.
Sunday saw a thought-provoking trip to the American Military Cemetery at Madingley. It is the only permanent American World War II military cemetery in the British Isles and the cadets were moved to hear some of the individual stories of the military personnel buried or recorded there.
Monday and Tuesday were spent training on the L98 cadet rifle, a feat of organisation due to the differing standards and experience of the cadets present. Section visits included the Bomb disposal unit, where the cadets saw first-hand some of the equipment used to disarm and protect against detonation. We were all very impressed by the dexterity shown by the robot in picking up the minibus keys! We also visited the Air Traffic Control centre and the Fire section.
The cadets also got to simulate and work together to solve a humanitarian crisis on a small island off the southern coast of Africa. This challenge tested the student's abilities to work in a team and remain calm under pressure to execute their individual contributions to the logistics of an exercise of this type. All cadets were fully engaged and were pleased to beat the previous team's score in solving the problem.
The new RAF cadets are now experts at shining shoes and ironing their uniform and it was great to see how confident they were by the end of the week. A big thanks must go out to all the staff involved, without whom the trip could not go ahead.