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Cadets


Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (Mercian Regiment)


Cadet RSM Bradley RSM Michael Bradley,


aged 17 I am Cadet RSM Michael Bradley. I am an apprentice mechanic and I live in a small village near Wirksworth. I am 17 years old.


Annual Camp 2008 at Wretham Time to load


As usual in Derbyshire, Annual Camp started with the arrival of the adult staff on Saturday afternoon. Following the evening meal, all were welcomed by the Commandant, Colonel Trevor Paulucci. With the briefing by Lt Col Matthews completed, refreshments were taken before an early bed. Training started after breakfast on Sunday: this included all refresher training including Health and Safety, Weapons handling, risk assessments and the Red Book test. Vehicle familiarisation and matrix testing was done by the MT Section.


Monday was spent in preparation for the cadets’ arrival in the afternoon. Like the adults, they were fed and then briefed by County Headquarters staff. Training proper started after breakfast on Tuesday. The senior cadets, three star trainers and above, were in the care of 14 Cadet Training Team where they experienced an advanced training cadre for the whole of camp. This included a trip to RAF Lakenheath and a three day exercise. The highlight of the cadre was being transported to the training area in a Chinook Helicopter. At the end of the Cadre, all participants were presented with certificates at the BBQ put on by 14CTT. The junior cadets also had a packed itinerary. They were split into Companies for training which included an adventure training activities day, a visit to Great Yarmouth, a visit to a military establishment, a twenty four hour exercise and APC training. Twenty cadets from each Company also took part in a two day


The Mercian Eagle kayaking course run by Lt Andy Smith.


The Officers’ Mess had their Dinner night at Lynford Hall Hotel where the band entertained the mess members and guests for the evening. The Sergeants Mess had there usual buffet evening on Camp. On Friday morning, Derbyshire ACF left Wretham Camp to wend their way home weary but happy following a good camp with friendly weather, good food and two weeks spent in the company of good friends.


I have a number of hobbies that include football, darts and being part of a band of which I am the lead singer, but the hobby that takes up most of my time is being part of the Army Cadet Force. I joined the ACF 5_ years ago at Wirksworth Detachment and have attended 5 annual camps and countless Company and County weekends. I like being away with cadets because I have made some valuable friends and the ACF lifestyle fits me perfectly. I achieved my Master Cadet in April this year, a demanding but rewarding course. I now have the honour of being cadet RSM for Derbyshire ACF (Mercian). This is a position that every cadet aims for and I am so proud to have this responsibility.


As Cadet RSM, I will be attending other Companies’ weekends as much as possible. I will be taking part in County Parades and will become a more familiar face across the County. I would like to instil the discipline and pride that I first became accustomed to when I joined in 2003.


Charity Fund Raising It’s great on the water


Lt Andy Smith gets a cold shower at the end of the Kayaking Course


by CSMI M Marriott TSM A contingent from Etwall Detachment (the DC, SMI Macpherson, Cdt UO E Carr, LCpl Searcey, LCpl Head and Cdt Cooper) presented a cheque for £500 to Mrs Lorna Stocks, the representative of the charity “Help for Heroes” on 20th December 2008; the fund is to help injured soldiers in hospital and recuperation after being returned from Iraq and Afghanistan for treatment. The money raised was from a local supermarket bag pack for customers, a very worthy cause supported by Etwall Detachment and well done also to all the cadets who took part on the day.


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