11 October 2017
Chelmsford Army Cadets Win Tri-Service Falkland Challenge
The Tri-Service Falklands challenge is one of the biggest events of the year for Sea, Army and Air Cadets and one of the only events of the year where the three services cadets meet. Each service held their own Falklands challenge in the spring to determine which three detachments will represent them at the competition. The competition, which is in its 35th year, is based around skills which would have been used by troops in the Falklands Conflict. Over the course of the weekend the cadets complete various tasks which test their abilities to work as a team as well as their military knowledge skills. The tasks include First Aid scenarios, Raft building, clay target shooting and a missile run amongst others. They are also scored on their abilities to live in the field over the two nights by pitching tents and cooking their own food. Each task is judged by a panel made up of an instructor from each service to ensure a fair scoring.
Chelmsford Army Cadets this year have proven themselves to be the best detachment of all three services in winning the prestigious Falklands Memorial Shield and “Missile Run” Cup which were made to commemorate the conflict. Team leader James Harrington 17 said “Our teamwork and morale got us through the tasks, I’m so pleased we won”. They all agreed the river run was their favourite task with L/Cpl Billy Humberstone 16 saying “we loved the River Run and would have done it again If we could”. Whilst the River Run was their favourite for action the most memorable task was the one created by Sea Cadet instructors, Cpl Jacob Berry 15 said “In the brief we were told to build a shelter for a 4ft high elf queen. It was great fun, we worked well as a team and even built a throne and flag pole for her”. The Falklands shield will be kept at the Army Cadet’s Headquarters in Chelmsford whilst the Memorial Cup will be held at the Chelmsford Detachment for the year and each of the boys have their own plaque to keep as a memento to always remember their great achievement by.