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992 (Malmesbury) Squadron
Royal Air Force Air Cadets

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Think we don't get out in the field and practice our Fieldcraft and Military drills? 

Wrong - 992 are extremely lucky to have several experienced and qualified members of staff able to instruct and lead Fieldcraft activities.

Fieldcraft encompasses Field Cooking + Hygiene, Camouflage and Concealment, Basic Battle Drills and Navigation.

You can find out about the different elements of Fieldcraft below.


Camouflage and Concealment

Camouflage and Concealment is the process of blending a cadet or object into its surroundings.

Cadets achieve this by using "CamCream", a set of military 'Facepaints' that use drab colours to break up the natural shapes of the face and make them blend into the surroundings. You can see CamCream demonstrated on the Right.

We also use foliage (Grass, twigs etc) to conceal cadets and items, our combat uniform also allows us to blend into different surroundings.

On joining the squadron, recruits are taught the principles of Camouflage and Concealment, Field Movements and Cooking/Hygiene as part of their 8 week Initial Recruit Training Phase.

Cooking and Hygiene

Field cooking & Hygiene is an extremely important and valuable part of the Fieldcraft Syllabus.

Cadets are taught in a practical environment the art of cooking using Ration Packs and Hexamine Stoves, both of which are used by the Armed Forces in operations.

Ration Packs consist of 3 Main  Meals, a pudding, fruit, powdered drinks and glucose sweets, as well as biscuits and spreads.

Junior Leaders

Not for the faint-hearted, the Junior Leaders Course is physically demanding and requires real commitment and determination. 

The course, which runs from September to Easter, involves nine weekend training camps and an assessment week. The Junior Leaders Course is aimed at older cadets - you must be 17 or older in the year you begin the course. The course culminates in the award of a Level Three Certificate in Team Leadership from the Institute of Leadership and Management. This is the toughest but most rewarding of our leadership courses - make it through and you'll have the makings of a very successful leader...

Flt Lt Day, the squadron DEAS and SATT Officer is the Adjutant at Junior Leaders and can answer any questions you may have.