Cadets get taste of life in military fast lane


CADETS Ellis Marsters and Leon Casey from Sirius Academy in Hull got a taste of life in the military fast lane.

The pair were among pupils from the school’s Combined Cadet Force who had a special day out at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield.

During the day the cadets got the chance to hone their shooting skills and take part in a field-craft challenge as well as go on an off-road adventure in one of Leconfield’s fleet of all-terrain military vehicles.

Ellis, aged 13, and Leon, aged 12, were taken in an hour-long trip across specially-constructed mountain tracks and river crossings in a Bandvagn tracked articulated carrier.

“It’s been an amazing day and getting the chance to do off-roading has been the best bit by miles,” said Ellis, who has been in the cadets for a year.

The pupils were accompanied by Contingent Commander Dan McNiff, who is a technology teacher at Sirius Academy North and School Staff Instructor Karen Faulkner.

“The pupils love the structure and discipline of being in the cadets and it’s had a real impact on behaviour in lessons,” said Dan.

Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force Honorary Colonel Simon Banks-Cooper met all the cadets during the day and praised them for the skills they had developed.

“The transferable life skills the cadets develop give them a head-start and make them very attractive to future employers because they are real team players with resilience and strong leadership experience,” he said. “It’s wonderful to be able to visit them today and see them tackle so many new challenges.”

Picture 1: Honorary Colonel Simon Banks-Cooper, left, with cadets Leon Casey, centre, and Ellis Marsters.

Picture 2:Cadets Ellis Marsters, left, and Leon Casey, right, from Sirius Academy West in a Bandvagn All-terrain Carrier at the Defence School of Transport, Leconfield.


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