The week began with the development of teaching skills, preparing the adults for detachment life where, with guidance and support available as needed, they will teach certain elements of the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) Syllabus to the junior cadets. Demonstrations, structure and content of lessons and feedback was all on the cards, before giving them the opportunity to have a go in a safe environment, supported by their fellow instructors with all contributing positive and constructive feedback to support their continued development. They also took the opportunity to complete elements of the mandatory training needed.
Later in the week, they moved out to the training area to take part in fieldcraft training and exercises, designed to demonstrate exactly what the cadets are expected to do, and to give them the experience and knowledge to support the development of their own cadets. They took part in patrolling, ambushes and section attacks, and the final exercise early on the last morning of camp.Some of these adults have no previous cadet or military experience and some do, yet they all bring something unique to the table. The training is tailored to ensure that they are all ready and confident in each element before they move on, and this phase of their training, as a red band PI, takes as long as it needs to, and, as they all started at different times, some are ready to move on before others. Five of the Probationary Adults on this camp have now completed all of the necessary training to moved to the next section - a week long course which, if they complete and pass, will allow them to become a trained instructor with the rank of Sergeant. Of course, that won’t be the end of their training as there is always something new and exciting on the horizon, and many opportunities to refresh and enhance knowledge. After all, it’s all about giving the best experiences to the cadets, isn’t it?
A huge congratulations to all of the Adult Development Course on their amazing week, and especially to those who gained their yellow stripes and will be off to complete their AIC later this year.No matter what your previous experience, if you have a little time to give something back and would like to find out more about what we do, why not get in touch? You never know, we might be just what you’re looking for!