Army cadets pass tests with flying colours

Hucknall and Bulwell Army cadets
Hucknall and Bulwell Army cadets

ARMY cadets from Hucknall and Bulwell have completed a key part of their training after being put through their paces at a weekend residential camp.

A dozen youngsters took part in a series of tests, workshops and challenges at the cadet training centre in Chilwell, Nottingham.

What’s more, they walked away with their basic-level ‘star’ badge.

Local youngsters from the Army Cadet Force (ACF) bases on Salterford Road in Hucknall and the Territorial Army centre on Hucknall Lane, Bulwell took part in the assessment weekend.

The recruits had to complete tests in drill, turnout, fieldcraft, map reading and compass use, skills at arms, shooting and first aid to achieve the award, which they can now wear on their brassards to signify their achievement.

The weekend was the culmination of months of training.

The cadets’ abilities impressed training officer Captain Neil Nicholas, who said: “Not all of our recruits pass. There is lots to learn under a variety of subjects.

“I’m really proud that all of these recruits did so well in their assessments and look forward to presenting them with their next ‘star’ badges in a few months’ time when they progress further.”

In all, there are four star badges to work towards. Beyond that, recruits are in the running to become master cadets.

The ACF training revolves around a military theme while promoting achievement, discipline and good citizenship. It is open to boys and girls aged 12 to 18.

n OUR PHOTO shows some of the youngsters from the Hucknall and Bulwell area who took part in the residential camp at Chilwell.