Cadets given the chance to experience Army life thanks to Defence School of Transport


Cadets from units across Yorkshire were given the opportunity to experience first-hand, how soldiers in the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) train recently, thanks to staff at the Defence School of Transport (DST) in Leconfield.

This is the first time in its history that the DST has opened its doors to cadets and let them experience some of the training that regular personnel undertake.

The event, Exercise Logistic Scholar, was organised by Gerard Hardy the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Yorkshire and The Humber (RFCA) School Cadet Expansion Officer (also a reservist RLC officer) and Major Tracy Mackenzie-Rayner RLC, Officer Commanding, Military Driver Training Squadron at the DST.

Maj. Mackenzie-Rayner said: “This is all about the RLC reaching out to cadets for the very first time in a way that is relevant and useful. The activities we’ve organised for this event are on the cadet syllabus, but they’re also fun and will expose these young people to Army life in an interactive way that will have immediate benefits.”

Gerard Hardy said: “The aim of the Exercise is three-fold; it’s an opportunity for DST to open itself up to the community and highlight the opportunities available within the corps, it’s a reward the best cadets from the two RLC cap-badged Cadet Expansion Plan (CEP) units that have paraded so far, and it will help develop a sense of ‘military family’ where regular and reserve forces engage proactively with cadets.”

The cadets, who are all members of the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), were able to experience close combat simulations, clay pigeon shooting, military vehicle demonstrations and they accompanied instructors in vehicles on the School’s dedicated cross-country training area.

Around 40 cadets from Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF, Askham Bryan CCF and Sirius Academy West CCF visited the camp in Leconfield to take part.

Second Lieutenant Mike Dudding brought cadets from Askham Bryan CCF in York to take part in the event.

He said: “An exercise like this gives our young people the chance to find out what life in the Army is really like.

“Some of the cadets have already decided that they’d like to join the Army and this event might help them decide which part of the Army interests them, whereas others haven’t decided what they want to do in the future and this might help them make their minds up. It’s also great fun and will help them develop a number of soft skills such as communication and team working.”

Cadet Gabija Griedryte (14) belongs to the CCF contingent based at Sirius West Academy in Hull. She’s been a cadet for a year.

“I’ve really enjoyed the shooting. I enjoy making sure I’m accurate and hitting the target. The Exercise has really improved my communication skills and my aim.

“I’d like to be a businesswoman and cadets teaches me about leadership and team working, which will be really important for my future career.”

Harry Hardy is 17 and is a cadet with Askham Bryan CCF. He’s currently studying Uniformed Public Services at the College.

“I had a go at the close combat simulation and the military vehicle display, where I learnt about how different vehicles are used for different tasks and I’ve also had a go with the communications system. All of the things I’ve seen today will be useful for cadets and for when I leave college.”

Pictured: (Top left & right) Gabija Griedryte and Harry Hardy thoroughly enjoyed Exercise Logistic Scholar; (bottom) Cadets are briefed by DST staff on the close combat simulation

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