Personal Fieldcraft is taught by experienced instructors on the squadron in accordance with the ATC Manual of Fieldcraft ACP 16. These lessons are designed to help you live and survive “in the field” and cover such things as shelter construction, camouflage and concealment and looking after yourself and your kit, as well as working as a team and how to move silently and stealthily.
Once cadets have mastered these basic skills they can put them into practice on what are known as “Deployed Exercises”. There are two types of exercise, Basic and Advanced. A Basic Exercise lasts for up to 8 hours and will take place during daylight hours. An Advanced Deployed Exercise can last longer, sometimes for several days and will take place during the day and at night.
These Exercises give a cadet the chance to put all the skills they have learnt during training on the squadron into practice in a more realistic environment. The exercise will normally centre on groups of cadets, called sections, trying to achieve certain objectives whilst evading the “enemy”. Cadets will sleep under basic shelters called“bivouacs”and cook and eat military rations.
Military Skills & Tactics (MST)
Once a Cadet has become very good at Fieldcraft they may wish to develop their skills further by attending the Leadership Courses, Junior Leaders and the RAF Regiment Work Experience Course where they will experience Military Skills and Tactics. MST is much more advanced Fieldcraft in which the cadets will learn tactics and how to fight as a group.
These courses are taught by fully qualified and experienced staff and cadets may be able to use blank firing weapons and pyrotechnics to make the experience even more realistic. MST is only available to cadets over the age of 16.