HC Deb 05 March 1997 vol 291 cc636-7W
Mr. Chidgey

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to encourage the military training of cadets. [17428]

Mr. Soames

My Department continues to support syllabuses predominantly geared to military training for the cadet forces. For the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps, military training forms about 60 per cent. of the total training given to cadets. For the Sea Cadet Corps this figure is about 30 per cent. because the emphasis on sail-training and watermanship has a more civilian, rather than military application. The RN, Army and RAF sections of the combined cadet force follow similar training syllabuses to those of their respective single service cadet forces. The remaining time is devoted to adventurous and other activities. The syllabuses for military training covers the following subjects.

Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) Bearing and self discipline, rank and rate structure of the Royal Navy, naval customs, basic seamanship and swimming, navigation and rules of the road, maritime affairs, squad drill, anus drill, firefighting, first aid, communications. Army Cadet Force (ACF) Drill, turnout, military knowledge, skill at arms, use of map and compass, fieldcraft, band, first aid, life saving, canoeing, competition shooting, and self reliance training. Air Training Corps (ATC) RAF history, airmanship, map reading, principles of flight, basic navigation, aircraft recognition, drill, skill at arms, first aid, lifesaving, air experience flying, gliding, visits to RAF stations. Combined Cadet Force (CCF) The CCF contingents which are formed in schools, undertake a similar military training syllabus as laid down for their respective single-service cadet organisation.

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