Last weekend six teams from A, B, D Company and Kent ACF Squadron RE battled it out in the military skills competition, the winning team will go through to the national showdown.
The teams were pitched against each other to test their teamwork, with a challenging skills-based competition which was designed to test leadership, team cohesion, endurance and military skills and knowledge. All the teams worked well together showcasing all the skills they’ve learnt during their time in Kent ACF.
The teams were required to undertake several stands including navigation, signals, casualty evacuation, section attacks, patrolling, shooting and command tasks.
The winning team comprised of the following cadets, led by SI Ben Wheeler and his adult team: Sgt Dave Philpott (Wrotham) and Sgt Dan Martin (Boxley Road):
D Coy Team Alpha:
IC - CSgt Mciver-Hall, Cranbrook
Cpl Newby, Wrotham
Sgt King, Boxley Rd
Cpl Woods, Boxley Rd
2IC - CSgt Wheeler, Boxley Rd
Cpl Rivers, Cranbrook
Cpl Jenner-Hall, Sevenoaks
Cpl Garbini, Sevenoaks
Well done to the other teams, the results are:
1st - D Coy A Team
2nd - Kent RE A Team
3rd - A Coy
4th - B Coy
5th - Kent RE B Team
6th - D Coy B Team
CSgt McIver-Hall, D Coy Team Alpha IC, Cranbrook Detachment said:
"Last weekend I was given the honour and privilege of being Section Commander for D Coy’s A team for the county military skills competition.
My team comprised of 8 cadets (including me) and we had to compete over a range of stands which tested the skills we have learnt during our time as cadets.
Team cohesion was brilliant, and morale and positivity remained high despite it being physically testing, tiredness setting in at points and the conditions being very wet.
I had met the other cadets before on previous weekends and camps, and I was confident that between us we had the ability to do well. Every cadet gave 100% and we worked very well as a team, utilising everyone’s strengths to overcome the various challenges. We received positive feedback at all the stands, but I think we did particularly well on the casualty evacuation and the section attack, due to well rehearsed drills, good team work and great communication between us.
The stretcher race and the speed match were the most physically and mentally testing and the cadets had to dig deep and push through.
Every single cadet on the team gave their upmost effort on every stand and in everything they did over the entire weekend, which led to D Coy being crowned as the winners. It was an outstanding performance by every member of the team and I am really proud of what we achieved".
There was only 1 point between 1st & 2nd and 1 point between 5th & 6th!
And finally, a huge thank you and congratulations to the team and all Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV’s) involved with the event.
Army Cadets – To Inspire, To Achieve!