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CCF Inspection 2019

On Thursday 3 October, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Potte, Colonel Cadets for Surrey, visited St John’s School CCF for their Biennial Inspection. After inspecting a guard of Lower and Upper Sixth cadets where he commented on their impressive turnout, he then watched a short presentation and video on what the cadets’ achievements over the last two years. He was very interested in the vast array of activities that the Contingent had been involved in and asked several questions.

Following a tour of the School, lunch was held with the CCF staff and Senior Cadets from each section. It was then on to view the Cadets in action in a wide variety of lessons. The Lower Fifth Army section were introduced to the L98 SA80 A2 rifle and how to make their own shelters, prepare their food and look after themselves in the field. The RAF section were introduced to Leadership in small groups with a leaderless problem to solve, progressing to a nominated leader put in the hot seat. They also had the opportunity to fire the .22 rifle and do basic map work. The Navy section were also introduced to leadership tasks, fired the Air rifles and undertook drill.

The Lower Sixth were involved in leadership training ranging from taking command of small groups and delivering lessons, to learning about the Methods of Instruction, a qualification that opens the door to further promotion. They also had the honour of forming the Gun Run teams for the hotly contested Inter-Service competition.

After losing to the RAF Section last year, the Army and Navy teams looked fired up for the Gun Run. The Army team took a solid lead early on, with the Navy close behind. At the half way point, the Navy team faced some issues with the getting a wheel off and the RAF made a move. Army turned first, but seemed to be hitting the wall as fatigue started to take its toll. The Navy and RAF were now neck and neck and fighting for second place. The Army team managed to hold it together to cross first, but the Navy team had further problems with their wheel and the RAF team pipped them at the line.

House Drill was also hotly contested. The middle order of the pack were very close indeed with only and handful of points covering seven teams. Hawkins, with their first outing in this discipline are worthy of mention as the whole team were Lower Fifth and had only been in the CCF a few weeks. They were commended for having the most positive and happy approach to the event. Surrey House put in a strong performance led by Ben to gain third place. North House were trying to defend their crown, but Henry could only lead them to second, with James taking East House to the top spot.

WO2 Steve Vine was presented his Cadet Force Medal by Lieutenant Colonel Potte, on behalf of HM The Queen

Lieutenant Colonel Potte was very impressed with all he had seen and expressed a desire to visit again in the near future.