A Master Cadets story

19 October 2018

Cadet CSM Smillie has returned to Cumbria following the successful completion of the Master Cadet Course held at The Cadet Training Centre Frimley Park with the grade of highly competent. The course which was established in 1989, is designed to broaden and develop further the leadership, instructional and administrative responsibilities of 4-star cadets, allowing them to further their cadet career and skills.

Posting on Facebook Cadet CSM Smillie said "the master cadet course was truly amazing and I definitely Recommend it to any up and coming senior cadets because it tests everything you know about cadets both physically and mentally and it is a great experience and sets you up for the future."

His diary of the week can be found below:

Day 1 saw the course split down into sections within the platoon to prepare for the exercise phase. As a platoon we had a few lectures on leadership and just revision sessions before deployment to the field later that day. Once out in the field we occupied a platoon harbour and conducted familiarisation patrols with a nav check of the area and back to the basics of staging on throughout the night.

Day 2 we set out on patrols with a twist. 4 stands 4 situations. Stand 1 we had to patrol up to a friendly observation post which had been contacted by machine gun fire and carry out a fire mission whilst treating the casualty the we had to clear the enemy position which led to a section attack. Stand 2 we had to recce a potential enemy harbour area and gather as much intelligence as possible to help with future ops. Stand 3 was a major incident casevac stand where we had to deal with a seriously injured casualty whilst under enemy fire and then casevac to the helipad and finally stand 4 was my stand as section commander where we had to cross a river as the bridge was damaged. This was similar to a command task involving making a bridge to transport supplies and my section across the river however half way through we came under contact but swiftly dealt with the enemy threat. Then we occupied a new harbour and conducted a recce patrol on an enemy compound.

Day 3 was attacks day. Throughout the day we patrolled to different parts of the area that were associated with the enemy and we had to eradicate the enemy threat with section attacks once again changing the section commanders each time. None of the attacks were conventional so we had to think on our feet. And again we occupied our final harbour area. At this point I was appointed platoon Sgt for the rest of the exercise.

Day 4 was platoon deliberate attack day. As platoon Sgt I was awake earlier than the rest of the platoon and got the squared away and ready to carry out the deliberate attack on an enemy compound. There were 5 main enemy positions followed by 2 in depth positions and I was in charge of dishing out ammo and supplied through the whole phase as well as providing my platoon commander with the attacking sections he needed to destroy the enemy. I had to also take care of 2 casualties and place the sections in defensive positions to decent the compound from counter attack. Endex was followed by weapon cleaning and stores hand over.

Later that evening we had a briefing on the mess dinner followed by the mess dinner at CTC Frimley Park which once again was outstanding and really great to experience for the second time. Despite the great 3 course meal with 2IC Army Cadets UK Everyone still order in food later on.

This morning we had drill practice and course appraisals with our section commanders followed by final parade. Overall the master cadet course was truly amazing and I definitely Recommend it to any up and coming senior cadets because it tests everything you know about cadets both physically and mentally and it is a great experience and sets you up for the future.

I would like to thank all of the adults that have taught me everything I know in my time as a cadet and that have helped me become the senior cadet I am today. Onwards and upwards.

On behalf the county we would like to congratulate Cadet CSM Smillie on his success and we look forward to seeing many more cadets follow in his footsteps.