Our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) has been training hard for this year’s Annual General Inspection, which was carried out by Lieutenant Colonel Chris Drew, Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Intelligence RAF Chicksands, on 11 October.

The aim of the CCF is to give young people the life skills and self-confidence to take charge of their lives, helping them to reach their full potential at school and beyond. It offers a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities, to help develop personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline.

Activities undertaken on inspection day included:

  • Guard of Honour
  • Electric Clay Pigeon Shooting in The Range
  • RAF Flight Simulator
  • First Aid – ‘Attending to a car crash’
  • Keypad Challenge
  • Weapon Training
  • Royal Navy Sailing at Priory

Colonel Chris Drew explained that there are four important elements to a successful CCF; the full support of the Headmaster or Headmistress, dedicated adult staff, support from the CCF services training department and of course the cadets themselves.

The full inspection report is currently being compiled and will be sent through at a later date, however it was reassuring to hear that the Lieutenant believes these four elements are in firmly in place and the Bedford Corps is in a healthy position.

Special recognition goes to the following cadets who won an Annual General Inspection award:

  • Best Army Recruit – Dan Lumley-Wood
  • Best Royal Air Force Recruit – Bharilaos Karavegellis and William Vabder Walt
  • Best Royal Nay Senior – Luke Thompson
  • Best Army Senior – Finn Cassell

The cadets very much enjoyed the day which was rounded off by a buffet supper in the Café Bar.

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