Exercise Combat Cadet is the annual competition held by 7 Infantry Brigade (aka The Desert Rats) allowing 20 teams (of 9 cadets) from all over their area of responsibility, which includes roughly 7,500 cadets from both CCFs in schools and ACFs from each of the nine counties, to compete over two days. The aim is to pit the best cadets from each school or detachment against one another in a number of areas. This year the focus was on TIBUA (Tactics In a Built Up Area) and involved operating in an urban environment. Our cadets had to respond to a range of scenarios, including casualty evacuations, First Aid, section attacks, defensive operations and house and street clearance. There was also a 3 mile run.
This means we have now come 3rd, 1st, 3rd, 2nd over the last four years which demonstrates the continued excellence of our cadets and Army Section, especially when compared nationally. No school or ACF can match this run of consistent success over recent years. Much of our success this year was down to our Section Commander, C/Sgt Tom Lomas, who continued the tradition of superb leadership and tactical understanding that our previous commanders have shown.