The island’s Army Cadet Force recently had a busy weekend, including a junior cadet instructors’ course, a junior non-commissioned officers’ course, new adult volunteer basic training course as well as its normal cadet syllabus training.
The junior cadet instructors’ course accumulated in a weekend of testing and assessments for three cadets.
These cadets have been working hard every Thursday evening for two months in preparation.
The training covered revision of lessons and instructional training and practices plus short speeches about a random given subject – ‘The Ice Breakers’.
The course ended with all three cadet non-commissioned officers now eligible to plan and deliver lessons to new recruits.
The junior non-commissioned officers’ course was devised by Under Officer Daithi O’Regan and contained presentations on discipline and leadership, foot drill and how to command a squad, team-building tasks and even a field element with blank firing.
The top student award went to Amy Kennish from Douglas Detachment, for a professional performance throughout.
Six new potential instructors passed ‘Phase One’ of a three part training programme. The new adult recruits have completed the ‘basic’ course that has been spread over two weekends and has included lessons in foot drill, navigation, fieldcraft, instructional techniques, creating and delivering a lesson and a first aid heartstart course.
Passing this part of the training to become an army cadet instructor now means they can start teaching cadets at a basic level.
This will help with learning the vast amount of knowledge that goes in to all aspects of a cadet’s training, from planning a fun-packed lesson to being able to write a risk assessment for the numerous amount of activities the cadets offer.
This also will start to build their confidence as an instructor. To stand up in front of a class of cadets and teach can be quite a daunting prospect for some.
The instructors come from a wide range of backgrounds, some ex-military and others with no military experience, but, according to the Army Cadet Force, they all have the common goal of wanting to make a positive change for our island’s youth.
With ‘phase two’ planned early next year, the adult volunteers are keen to get as much experience under their belts as possible.
The Army Cadet Force is open to anyone aged 12 to 18 for cadets and 18 plus for adult volunteers.
Contact Tromode headquarters on 671210 or visit www.armycadets.com