Students from Writhlington’s combined cadet force (CCF) braved the harsh winter weather last weekend as part of their winter training operations.
The two-day training operation took place on Salisbury Plain in a training area specially allocated by the Ministry of Defence. The students were put into simulations, where they had to attack, defend and successfully operate within their own chain of command.
The simulations put on by ex and current serving military personal, offered the cadets a range of mentally and physically challenging scenarios, covering open warfare, helicopter rescue and urban firefight tactics.
Even though the weather gradually deteriorated over the course of the weekend, the cadets training kicked in and they all showed great resolve and determination to complete all tasks set.
The final operation involved clearing enemy positions and rescuing hostages before returning back to base to find an enemy ambush. Over 1000 blank rounds were fired and pyrotechnics were deployed to end the weekend with a bang.
Dan Lewis of Writhlington CCF commented, “The weekend was a great success and one of the best operations we have run.”