For the duration of training, Cadets follow a syllabus based on the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC). There are five levels each containing the same subjects but with increasing levels of complexity.
Basic Level :: One Star Level :: Two Star Level :: Three Star Level :: Four Star Level
The subjects covered are:
Drill & Turnout :: Military Knowledge :: Skill at Arms :: Fieldcraft :: Map and Compass :: Expedition Training :: First Aid :: Physical Achievement :: Shooting :: Cadet and the Community
All the subjects are taught by fully trained Instructors and Senior Cadets. Standards of training are important in any youth organisation such as the Army Cadet Force. The training system works along the principles of theory and practice. Many opportunities present themselves at Detachment weekends, Company Camps and Annual Camp, where cadets are able to put their newly taught skills into practice.
Through Foot Drill, Cadets are taught the importance of obedience and discipline as well as learning how to work together as a team. Whether it be on the parade square or moving around the barracks, its important to be able to move large numbers of people from point to point whilst making sure they look smart and hold their heads up high.
Through Military Knowledge, Cadets learn about the structure of our own County Army Cadet Force and their own progression through the Army Proficiency Certificate. At the more advanced levels, cadets are introduced to major points in the history of the Regiment to which each is badged; Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR), Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment Light Infantry (RGBW LI) now part of The Rifles, and the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME).
Skill at Arms is concerned with the safe and correct handling of weapons. In particular the Cadet GP Rifle and Light Support Weapon together with the Air Rifle and .22 Rifle. Cadets learn to be disciplined and safe when handling these weapons and no firing of weapons is permitted until a cadet has demonstrated these skills.
Fieldcraft is the good old game of surviving in the field. Cadets learn how to look after themselves when away from the comforts of home as well as the basics of military tactics. Fieldcraft gives Cadets the opportunity to practice their leadership and teamwork skills.
Cadets learn to navigate safely from point to point using a map and a compass. This is often taught from a military perspective with the Cadet having to reach certain points on a route where other activities await them. Cadets can also participate in Map Reading competitions with other youth organisations.
As well as offering the Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions, Cadets are also encouraged to participate in other expeditions and many opportunities exist for the more senior Cadets to go on nationally organised expeditions to places like Bolivia and South Africa. Expedition Training encourages cadets to be self-reliant and to look after themselves.
In today's world the basic skills of First Aid could be the most important skills anyone ever learns. The ability to save life cannot be priced. Cadets are required to progress through a syllabus of First Aid instruction throughout all levels of the Army Proficiency Certificate, with the added excitement of participating in Regional and National competitions.
Whilst a cadets are not expected to be Olympic athletes, competition against themselves is taught through Physical Achievement. Cadets are encouraged to constantly better their previous performance as they progress through the levels of the Army Proficiency Certificate and compete in organised sporting events.
Once a Cadet has demonstrated his or her ability to control a weapon safely and with discipline, they are given the opportunity to practice their skills on a range. The Army Cadet Force competes regularly at Bisley with many other competitions running throughout the year.
No youth movement would be complete without its supporting the Community in many local activities. Cadets assist at large events such as a County Show as well as more town or village specific activities like Summer Fetes. Cadets are encouraged to to be good citizens.
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