Local Army Cadet Force gears up for big night

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THE TROOP’S presentation evening will be on Thursday, April 28, in the Town Hall between 7 and 9pm.

All parents and families have been invited to the evening to see the cadets receive the badges, medals and certificates that they have earned in the last year.

Colonel Andrew Cassidy, the Commandant of the Angus and Dundee Battalion, will be present to inspect the troop and present the prizes.

First Aid

Cadets from the troop at two-star level attended Buddon CTC on a St John’s Ambulance First Aid Course.

The course covers instruction on treating breaks and fractures, burns and scalds, and the treatment of conscious and unconscious casualties and shock as well as coronary pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The cadets were tested on how they dealt with a Conscious and a Unconscious Casualty, deal with a Incident Management scenario and had to carry out CPR on a resuscitation mannequin.

The Cadets who all completed the course and were awarded their St John’s Ambulance First Aid Youth Certificates were, Lance Bombardiers Johnnie Simpson, Ruaridh Rankin and Owen Black and Gunner Chris Menmuir.

Army proficiency training

One Star test - One Star cadets have just completed their one-star training and have taken part in a One Star board at Buddon CTC from February 25 to 27.

The Cadets were tested in foot drill and turnout, map and compass, fieldcraft, skill at arms, expedition training, military knowledge and first aid.

Gunner Cloe Dewar passed all subjects and is now a qualified one-star cadet.

Gunners Lauren McCloskey, Tanela Sieunarine, Alanna Simpson, Chris Menmuir and Robbie MacDonald passed all bar the skill at arms assessment, which they will be re-tested in soon. They will all move along to two-star training will Cloe.

Annual camp

With only 16 weeks until annual camp, the cadets in the troop are busy training for their APC tests which will be held during the first week of camp at Beckingham.

The second week programme is now being worked on and will include Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions in the Peak District and several days Adventure Training in and around Sherwood Forrest.

A Company training

The cadets in the troop will be at Buddon Cadet Training Centre this weekend, April 15 to 17, for the first A Company training weekend of the year.

The cadets will be taking part in fieldcraft and navigation training on Buddon’s training areas as well as shooting and skill at arms.

Promotions

Two cadets in the troop, Ruaridh Rankin and Johnnie Simpson, have just taken the first step on the promotion ladder with their promotion to Lance Bombardier.

Lance Bombardier, Iain Graham, has been promoted to Bombardier. Congratulations to Ruaridh, Johnnie and Iain.

Diary of events

April: 1 - 10, ITC and SCIC, Dingwall CTC; 15 - 17, A Company, Buddon CTC; 23, ACF Scotland Hockey, Perth; 28, Troop Presentation Night, Town Hall.

May: 6 - 8, A Company, Buddon CTC; 28, ACF Scotland Athletics, Grangemouth; 28, Inter Cadet Field Gun, Buddon CTC.