Henley Army Cadets Get Involved with the First Virtual Training Weekend

Henley Army Cadets were due to stay out in field conditions and undertake fieldcraft training based on military tactics. However, this was suspended due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place. The Company Commander, Major Wayne Thrussell had to decide on to best way to execute the weekend. With support from his Second in Command, Captain Tom Fearn. A plan was formed (we didn’t want to let the cadets down and we wanted to keep some form of normality for them).

The Henley Adult Instructors spent hours planning and preparing their lessons, which were to be hosted via Zoom. Whilst in lockdown the cadets have continued to parade every Wednesday in a virtual capacity via Zoom, but a whole weekend of training is on another level. The first virtual training weekend saw over 40 Henley cadets online and interacting in the lessons.

Saturday morning kicked off with a physical training circuit session hosted by Henley’s own, Second Lieutenant Nathan Scott. The cadets had 12 options of lessons to attended, dependant on ability.

The Henley Detachment Adult Instructors taught the cadets how to issue a fire control order, military tactics for occupying a base and how to approach the enemy whilst firing. Sunday began with a service held by the Padre and cadet promotions.

The cadets can progress through a rank structure (with a new rank comes new responsibility). Henley Detachment Commander, Adult Under Officer Mel Haynes would like to congratulate the following Henley cadets on their promotions.

Colour Serjeant Tallulah Scott, Serjeant Jessica Smyth, Corporal Charlie James and the five new Lance Corporal’s – Ceejay Richardson, Natasha Bryant, Jasmine Barrow, Patrycja Gwiazda and Amelia Jacob.

Henley’s most senior cadet, Colour Serjeant Ashleigh Poolan said, “This virtual weekend was extraordinary, the differences made it more exciting and I can’t wait to see what else they have to offer.” Other Henley cadets described the experience as “Unexpectedly amazing” and “Outstanding.”

The Army Cadet Force is a national youth organisation sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Defence. For 12-18-year olds, designed to deliver challenging and varied training based on military themes and concepts. Henley parade every Wednesday from 1900 to 2130 at the Drill Hall on Friday Street. We would love for new Cadets and Adult Volunteers to come visit us and experience something new once we re-open for normal training.

For any Henley Detachment enquirers, please email AUO Mel Haynes 3360hayne@armymail.mod.uk

Sjt Fielder from Henley, on the last fieldcraft weekend.

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