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Sunday 3 March was a busy day for members of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) as the four sections were entertained by a variety of visitors to the Royal Hospital School.
The Royal Marine Visibility Team and the Royal Air Force Engagement Team provided a range of practical activities and an insight into life as a Marine or a member of the RAF Regiment. The Army Air Corps provided a forward arming and refuelling point with associated vehicles and troops. The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers had some hands-on equipment for cadets to demonstrate their skills in operating a crane, while the Royal Engineers provided some excitement by giving rides in their ‘Wimik’, a close fire support vehicle. The Royal Military Police made an audible contribution by allowing cadets to operate the sirens on their police vehicles and a number of cadets also had first-hand experience of both handcuffs and the back of a ‘Paddy Wagon’. In the range, the Suffolk Weapons Company provided a display of over 30 different weapons and cadets had the opportunity to fire a number of them.
Contingent Commander, Marc Godfrey, explains, “The CCF at the Royal Hospital School is compulsory for Years 9 and 10 and voluntary from Year 11 onwards, although many progress to officer roles in the Sixth Form. Not only do the 300 or so cadets get an opportunity to take part in field days and learn navigation, survival and camp-craft, there is also the chance to sail, fly, shoot, ride and canoe amongst other adventurous activities and to compete at an inter-school and national level in events such as the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon, the Windsor Horse Show and the Pringle Trophy. Through the CCF our pupils are taught self-reliance and confidence, the importance of teamwork discipline and leadership skills – all good training for life beyond school”.