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Giving Cadets A Taste Of Military Life

Cadets from across the UK have gathered in Scotland for a special training camp to improve their leadership skills.

Cadets from across the UK have gathered in Scotland for a special training camp to improve their leadership skills.

The Army’s 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland are putting youngsters through their paces at Barry Buddon Training Area in Tayside.

There, the young cadets are trained for the future realities of the battlefield by taking part in a national leadership cadre designed to improve their decision-making skills in high-pressure situations.

The scenarios aim to promote teamwork, but also develop individual talent - with the cadets taking turns in leading their units through the exercises, according to Sergeant Tam Shannon:

“We aim to get the kids to come up with their own decisions and show those leadership skills.”

Barry Buddon Camp

But they’re always under the watchful eye of their training sergeant; the youngsters are really enjoyed their experience, as Cadet Stephanie told us.

 “I’ve found it really interesting- I’m learning new things and gaining experience with people from different parts of the country”.

The cadre is split into six trading objectives over the week, with a mixture of practical exercises in the field and theory problems in the classroom.

While many of the cadets are looking to progress into the armed forces, the skills they develop on the course could stand them in good stead for a variety of careers; as Major Davey Harvey says:

“When they leave the cadets, what they’ve learned here will help them develop their team whatever job or walk of life they go into”.

Barry Buddon Camp
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