In glorious April sunshine, around 60 cadets, staff  and VIP guests recently took part in the St. Mary’s College Combined Cadet Force Biennial Inspection at Altcar Training Camp.

The inspection was carried out by Colonel Joe Harkon, whose role was to assess the levels of training, efficiency and enthusiasm displayed by the cadets. It is his responsibility to approve the continuing support, financial and otherwise, of the Armed Forces for the contingent.

ots-cadets-southportColonel Harkon was joined by other guests, including Colonel Hilary Williams (Colonel Cadets, 42 Infantry Brigade), Michael Kennedy (St. Mary’s College Principal) and Colour Sergeant Steve Doran (4th Battalion Parachute Regiment). During the course of the day they visited a number of lessons and stands presented by senior cadets from both the Army and RAF sections. During these lessons cadets were taught various skills such as Skill at Arms, Fieldcraft and Section Battle Attacks.

To round off proceedings, the senior cadets, supported by members of 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment, took part in an impressive TIBUA (Tactics in Built Up Areas) exercise.

The St. Mary’s College cadets gave an excellent account of themselves and everyone involved in the inspection thoroughly enjoyed the day.


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