You can learn Fieldcraft throughout the year at local training sessions but during annual camp you will get to live out in the field over several days in a realistic environment. Make sure that you are fully prepared for fieldcraft annual camp by purchasing your Army Cadet Fieldcraft Training kit before you go.
Teamwork and communication are both skills developed in fieldcraft exercises that are readily transferable to everyday life.
Fieldcraft is one of the most popular cadet activities in the Army Cadets. Fieldcraft and Military Knowledge are subjects almost unique to the Army Cadets.
You will start by learning the basics as an individual in the field, then go on to learn how to work together as a section in the field, before eventually commanding your own section.
Fieldcraft Skills and Activities
Fieldcraft is an all-encompassing term for lots of different skills and activities. Your training will typically start with the basics of personal camouflage and concealment, stealthy movement in the field, and learning to work as part of a team to accomplish certain tasks.
You will also learn about cooking and setting up your camp in the field, where communication skills and working as part of a team are vital, and cadets learn more about strategic planning, cooperation and collaboration.
Working as a team to patrol an area at night and deal with a mock ambush is one of the most exciting exercises that you will experience during your cadet training.
Fieldcraft exercises are a particular focus of CCF (Army) training, but CCF (RAF) and CCF(RM) cadets may also undertake aspects of fieldcraft training.
Multi-Terrain Pattern Camouflage Clothing
On army fieldcraft training you will:
- Wear Multi-Terrain Pattern camouflage clothing.
- Put on camouflage cream to eliminate the face’s natural shine.
- Wear a bush hat and foliage to break up the shape of the head and shoulders.
- Use a Cadet Training Vest or PLCE webbing to carry rifle magazines, water bottles and emergency rations.
- Carry a sleeping bag and basha (improvised shelter) building materials.
Cadets are issued with 24-hour ration packs (or known as rat packs to cadets) and dragon fire cookers as used by the infantry.
As part of a platoon, cadets set up harbour areas (operations bases), post sentries, and send out patrols to carry out reconnaissance, lay ambushes, and assault enemy positions.
Cadets become familiar with hand signals for silent communication, and patrol formations for crossing different types of terrain. Scaled down versions of these expeditions are regularly held at a local detachment.
Fieldcraft lessons form the backbone of Army Cadet training and can be conducted by any suitably knowledgeable CFAV or Cadet who has been trained in Cadet Force Instructional Techniques.
- Preparation and packing of personal equipment
- Administration in the field
- Maintaining clothing and equipment
- Maintaining standards of personal hygiene
- Feeding in the field
- The two-man shelter
- Why things are seen
- Personal camouflage and concealment
- Judging distance
- Judging distance by unit of measure
- Judging distance by appearance
- Aids to judging distance
- Indication of targets
- Range cards
- Duties of a sentry
- Moving with or without personal weapons
- Field signals
- Elementary obstacle crossing
- Selecting a route across country
- Introduction to night training
- Elementary night movement
- Reaction to fire control orders
- Keeping direction at night
- Individual fire and movement (F&M)
- Operating as a member of a fire team and section
- Issuing fire control orders (FCO)
Army Cadet Fieldcraft Training Kit
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