Cadets holding medals

Army Cadets Excel at Cambrian Patrol 2024

The Cadet Cambrian Patrol took place from 17 to 19 May throughout the rugged Cambrian Mountains and swamp lands of mid-Wales.

Army Cadets Excel at Cambrian Patrol 2024

3 June 2024

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The Cadet Cambrian Patrol took place from 17 to 19 May throughout the rugged Cambrian Mountains and swamp lands of mid-Wales.

This year's event saw teams from across the UK, representing the Army Cadets from both the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), participating in a gruelling two-day exercise designed to test their physical and mental endurance.

A Challenging Two-Day Exercise

During the event, each patrol team of eight cadets navigated approximately 25 kilometres of challenging terrain. This demanding exercise required them to move unsupervised from one stand to another, completing various tasks designed to confirm and test their knowledge of the Army Cadet Syllabus (ACS). The teams aimed to achieve a gold, silver, bronze, or certificate standard based on their performance.

Testing Skills and Knowledge

The stands included a variety of challenging tasks such as First Aid, Casualty Evacuation (Casevac), section defence, section attacks, orders/models, Communications and Information Systems (CIS), and Observation Posts (OPs). These tasks tested the cadets' skills in navigation, physical fitness, first aid, fieldcraft and tactics, teamwork, and leadership.

Outstanding Achievements

Standout moments of the event was Clwyd & Gwynedd ACF. being awarded Best Welsh Patrol and a Gold award. Surrey ACF won Best International ACF Patrol. This is a testament to the high level of preparation and skill displayed by the cadets.

Other results were the following:

  • Best International CCF Patrol: A22A Barnard Castle CCF
  • Cadet Company Sergeant Major (CSM) Sam Gill - Best Patrol Commander

Awards:

Gold:

Silver:

Bronze:

Certificate:

  • Cadets from Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF dressed in uniform

    Clwyd & Gwynedd ACF

  • Cadets from Surrey holding medals dressed in uniform

    Team from Surrey ACF

  • Cadet team from Gwent & Powys ACF posing in front of flags with medals

    Gwent & Powys ACF

  • Cambrian Patrol cadets walking along path in Wales

    The Cambrian Mountains in mid-Wales

  • CLWYD AND GWYNEDD ACF team dressed in uniform with military weapons

    Team from Clwyd & Gwynedd ACF

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An Experience of a Lifetime

"The Cambrian Patrol 2024 proved to be a demanding two-day exercise during which I led an eight-person team through rugged terrain, testing and stretching our Navigation and Fieldcraft abilities in a tactical setting. For us, emerging victorious as the Best International ACF Patrol was a great honour which we were striving for but not expecting. I thank my team for the hard work and efforts over the patrols and wish we could do it all again!"

  • Cadet CSM John Bloomfield, Surrey ACF

"Several corporals and I took part in the cadet Cambrian patrol this weekend. We planned our route, navigated 22km through checkpoints, and performed well in section attacks, earning a Gold and best regional team award. The competition was mentally and physically challenging but rewarding."

  • Sgt Evans C, Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF

"Our team participated in the 2024 Cadet Cambrian Patrol. We arrived at Farm 5, received our kit, and began with a kit inspection. After plotting our route, we started early at 07:00, after a much-needed hot breakfast. The patrol included casevac drills, a CIS stand, a section defence, and observation post tasks. We completed all stands, covering 22 km in 12 hours. After setting up camp, we prepared for a platoon attack the next day, ending with a stretcher casevac. Despite the challenges, it was a rewarding experience."

  • SSgt Steele F, Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF

"I had the privilege of leading the Dyfed and Glamorgan section in the Cadet Cambrian Patrol after a five-year hiatus and it was both arduous yet rewarding. As Section Commander, I controlled the navigation of our section through the 8 gruelling stands to which we as a county smashed with relentless dedication. Our hard work paid off with a bronze medal, a testament to our resilience and team work. I truly believe that the Cadet Cambrian Patrol is the staple of the ACF experience, and I look forward to smashing it again next year."

  • Cpl Finley Mantegna, Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF

Skills and Experience

The Cadet Cambrian Patrol is designed to allow all cadets to participate in an unsupervised patrol exercise where they can be tested on both the Army Cadet Syllabus (ACS). These subjects include leadership, navigation, first aid and fieldcraft skills within a tactical scenario. The exercise not only tests their knowledge but also enhances their practical application of these skills in challenging conditions.

The Importance of the Cadet Cambrian Patrol

Events like the Cadet Cambrian Patrol are crucial in developing the next generation of leaders. The rigorous nature of the event helps build resilience, teamwork, and leadership qualities in young cadets. It offers them a unique opportunity to put their training into practice in a realistic and demanding environment.

Through this experience, cadets learn valuable life skills that go beyond military training. They gain confidence in their abilities, learn to work effectively as part of a team, and develop a sense of responsibility and leadership. These skills are essential for their cadet careers and invaluable for their future personal and professional lives.

A Resounding Success

The Cadet Cambrian Patrol 2024 was a resounding success, showcasing cadets' dedication, skill, and resilience across the UK. The achievements highlight the cadet forces' high standards of training and excellence. As the cadets return to their units, they bring back not only accolades but also enhanced skills and invaluable experiences that will benefit them for years to come.