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During the Easter holidays, 22 Third- and Fourth-Year cadets from the Trinity CCF Army Section were deployed from Trinity School, Croydon, to Pippingford Park Military Training Area to conduct a weekend Fieldcraft Exercise. This was specifically for cadets looking to pass their Basic Star Army Cadet Syllabus Fieldcraft requirements and develop their leadership skills. 

The cadets needed to prove they were capable of administering themselves in the Field as well as patrol and use military skills such as judging distances, patrol formations, operating at night, and fire and manoeuvre techniques using a rifle. They had kit lists and had to come prepared for any eventuality. 

Fourth Year student Conor Woodman reports back: “On Saturday 13 April, 22 cadets led by 2nd Lt Shrinarine were tasked with the very important mission of stopping the “Zapperhusks of Fortnite land” from terrorising Pippingford Park concert and taking them out.  

“The weekend consisted of the cadets expanding on their Fieldcraft knowledge, including target indication and spotting, night patrolling, the run and shoot, day patrol and getting “Bumped” (getting fired upon by the enemy when you are in your harbour area).  

“The cadets handled all of this new information extremely well, existing on approximately five hours sleep in Bashas (tents) on very boggy, hilly field in around 3c.   

“The highlight of the trip for me was definitely the night patrol, as we had to patrol in complete darkness and find out how to use our natural night vision while trudging through a wet, muddy field. It was a brilliant weekend overall (including the ration pack food, particularly the ‘all-day breakfast’) and something I would highly recommend for those looking for an extra-curricular activity in the Third Year and above.” 

Trinity’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) dates back to 19 October 1915 when a Cadets Corps, comprising of an army company, was introduced. It was a very different time, and poignantly, their first duty was to attend the funeral of the school’s three Currie brothers, all killed in action during the First World War.

The Royal Air Force and Royal Navy sections were added in the 1940s, and the CCF as a national organisation was established
in 1948.


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