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Hereford & Worcester Army Cadet Force


Mercian Regiment badged Detachments are located in Halesowen, Stourbridge, Kidderminster and Stourport, forming part of 1 and 2 Sectors.


1 Sector - Winning ACF Team 143 Bde First Aid Back Row L-R SSI Bullock, QMSI Stockham, Cpl Elliot, Cpl Bevan, QMSI Robins & SSI Odell Front Row L-R Cpls Dix & Cook


The County has had another busy year with Mercian badged cadets ensuring that 1 Sector was successful in both training and competitions. During the last 12 months, 1 Sector has maintained its high standards, winning the County’s March & Shoot and Military Skills competitions. The Sector’s cadets have also excelled in training and delivered the trophy for most completed Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) tests. Mercian badged detachments within the Sectors are healthy and, in 1 Sector, the detachments consistently parade in excess of 70 cadets. The annual County drill competition is perhaps the most fiercely fought competition for cadets and this year was no different. Again, tremendous results followed with Stourbridge Platoon taking both titles of best team and best squad NCO in LCpl Cook: outstanding given the fact that she beat an excellent cadet RSM!!


Annual Camp this year was a real “on the bus, off the bus” affair with the location changing twice during the week prior to departure. A truly monstrous effort was then made to rewrite the whole exercise instruction and ensure that the logistics operated in the first class manner that has now become the County norm. 1 Sector eventually arrived with over 100 cadets at Rollestone Camp on Salisbury Plain, concentrating predominantly on skills training and culminating in testing as this year’s camp was an APC Cadre Camp, something not organised for a considerable while. The Mercian cap badge was well represented on the Junior Cadet Instructors


108 October 2009


Thumbs Up for Annual Camp!


Course (JCIC). LCpl Padmore of Stourbridge excelled and was promoted on the final parade to full Corporal. During camp, 1 Sector cadets again delivered silverware in the form of the County Small-Bore shield.


Not all cadet activity is “green” and cadets have also had great opportunities to take part in a wide range of sports. Cadets from 1 Sector romped home with winning trophies gained in football, cross country, tug of war, swimming and orienteering. 1 Sector was also awarded first ACF place at the 143 Bde First Aid competition in June and then delivered a very respectable result at the national finals held at Sandhurst (what makes you think that 2 Sector didn’t get a look in with either the competitions or regimental magazine submission?!). More recently, during the February Half Term, 32 cadets from the County completed a gruelling but very enjoyable adventurous training package in Aviemore. An eight day package included activities such as avalanche rescue techniques, navigation exercises - often walking in over 2 feet of snow - an expedition with an overnight stop in a snow hole that each group prepared and a day’s ski tuition at the Lecht. In their spare time, the cadets took part in activities ranging from swimming to a disco on ice. The ACF diary for next year is again busy but hopefully soon, when operational situations allow, this will include future cadet visits to the Regiment. We maintain an online presence, which includes many photos at www.hwacf.blogspot.com.


Heeeave! LCpl Perks takes the strain in the Tug of War competition


Room with a view ... Cdt Giles (Stourport) digs in


One lump or two? Cdt Jones about to take tea in the Cairngorms


The Mercian Eagle


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