Halkirk Army Cadets Gets New Lease Of Life
28th November 2006
Halkirk Detachment of the Army Cadet force re-opens its doors at 7 PM on Wednesday 29th November, and for Wednesday evenings after that, bar the Christmas holidays. Boys and girls of 12 to 18 are invited to come along and see what it is all about.
Subjects included in the Army Cadet Force are Skill at Arms and Shooting; Navigation, Living in the Field, First aid and Expedition Training. Leadership and instructional training are taught later in the cadets career.
The training is progressive, with what has been taught being used to build on to reach the next level. While challenging, adventurous and fun, a Cadet can expect to pick up nationally recognised First Aid, Duke of Edinburgh and BTEC certificates.
Ultimately, a Cadet Leadership Course in the south of England, or Canada, can be achieved, where Cadets work with other top level Cadets, not only from the ACF, but from the Sea Cadets and the Air Training Corps. As well as opening Halkirk Detachment to Cadets again, the ACF is also after potential Adult Instructors. Any one over 18 is eligible and no military experience is necessary.
We have in our archive a few older photographs of the Army Cadet Force in Caithness. First is linked above.
The spring is always a busy time for the Army Cadets. During the run up to their summer camp they take part in events as varied as shooting matches, sports meetings, D of E expeditions and cadet skills competitions.
The photographs show C/Sgt Macdonald, Sgt Perry, Cpl Sutherland and L/Cpl Napier. They are seen at Forsinain climbing up through the forest towards the county march, on the third day of their Duke of Edinburgh gold award expedition..
Another successful summer camp was attended by members of the Caithness Army Cadet Force at Altcar near Liverpool. The young folk were accompanied by adult leaders from Caithness.
The army Cadets carried out a map reading weekend on the 14th and 15th January. All the Cadets worked hard, and found some of the problems not only of navigating, but also simply moving, at night.
Caithness Army Cadet Force held a fieldcraft exercise weekend at Broubster Forest near Reay as the culmination of the Company's training before annual camp. Activities included living in the field, camouflage, observation, tactical movement and patrolling.