Army Section

Army Section

Pioneers or Pioneer Company is the Cadets first insight into the CCF. Taking place every Thursday afternoon in the Christmas and Easter terms between 1530 hrs and 1640 hrs, training is designed to encompass skills and activities from all three Cadet services, such as map reading, first aid, basic military training and both water and airmanship skills.  For those Cadets who regularly attend Thursday training, there are three Field Days comprising both adventurous and military training. At the end of the year Pioneer Cadets can attend the Army Section Annual Summer Camp for a week, typically held in England.

Year 11 Proficiency Company
 
Aim: To enhance the level of basic infantry training to Cadet Proficiency level (APC certificate) in order to build upon leadership skills and achieve promotion to Lance Corporal.
 
Weekly training is conducted on Thursday afternoons between 1530 hrs and 1645 hrs in both the designated Company classrooms and the extensive College grounds. This training is aimed at covering the APC syllabus prior to the annual Easter Camp at which Cadets are assessed on their military and leadership skills in order to receive their first promotion to Lance Corporal. The APC syllabus is varied and includes many military training topics such as fieldcraft, section battle drills and camouflage and concealment and marksmanship. Proficiency Cadets have many further training opportunities such as; Two termly Field Days to Ballykinlar Training Centre, First Aid courses including the St. Johns Lifesaver Plus and an extended Adventure Training Expedition to the West Highland Way in Scotland.

For the top Cadets in Year 11, opportunities are available to attend the Cadet Exchange which takes place in Canada for 6 weeks over the summer holidays at Whitehorse, Banff and in the Rocky Mountains.
Cadets who regularly attend Thursday training have the opportunity to attend the Junior NCOs’ Cadre run during Easter Camp. This Cadre trains Cadets to become a Junior NCO to instruct junior Cadets, which becomes crucial as they are given leadership posts as second in command of a section at the Annual Summer Camp.

Year 12 Infantry Company
 
Aim: To further enhance the skills achieved in Proficiency Company and complete the Advanced Army Proficiency(APC(A)) Certificate in order to gain further promotion to enable leadership appointments within the CCF rank structure.
 
Conducted during weekly Thursday training between 1530 hrs and 1645 hrs, Infantry Company provides advanced infantry training for those Cadets wishing to take an active role in the CCF, completing the Advanced Army Proficiency Certificate (APC(A)) at the Senior NCOs’ cadre at Easter Camp.
As Cadets progress up the rank structure, more responsibility is placed on them for the organisation and training of junior Cadets. This becomes evident at the Annual Summer Camp, where cadets fulfil further leadership roles and conduct lessons under the supervision of regular and TA soldiers and Officers.

Patrol Skills


CCF Cadets

CCF Cadets

 

Range Work

CCF Shooting