Royal Signals celebrate tenth anniversary of Cadet competition


  • 120 cadets from across the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) competed in prestigious annual Cadet CIS competition.
  • Named Exercise ROLLING THUNDER, the competition presents Army Cadets with challenging tests in signalling and associated military skills.
  • Sussex ACF achieved gold medal standard, with the Argyll and Sunderland Highlanders Battalion ACF awarded the Pugh Memorial Trophy for Endeavour.

The tenth National Cadet CIS Competition, run by the Cadet CIS Training Team (CCISTT) and sponsored by HQ Cadet Branch at Regional Command, and the Royal Corps of Signals, took place last weekend at Blandford Camp. Ex ROLLING THUNDER gave the cadets the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in a competitive series of round-robin stands that included communications, IT and cyber skills. One of the prominent STEM events for cadets, the competition was run in an environment that encouraged the cadets to learn, share ideas and challenge each other.

Cadet Corporal Toby Nicholas from Woodbridge School CCF said: “I really wanted to take part in the competition to learn more about signals.  The competition taught me more about masts and line, voice procedure and cyber; we don’t get the opportunity to do much of this.  I really enjoyed the weekend, I thought it was well organised and I would encourage all cadets to take the opportunity to attend”.

Cadet Corporal Ellie Young from Gwent and Powys ACF said: “I really enjoy Communications and Information Systems [CIS] training, it’s interesting and I enjoy the practical side of getting ‘hands-on.’ The masts and the voice procedure stands were good. It was such a fun competition and I’m glad I came”.

Staff Sergeant Ensor, SNCO Reserves and Cadets, who has supported the CCISTT in delivering the event for many years said: “This has been the best yet. The quality of cadet is incredible and their ability to learn is outstanding. We have tried hard to ensure the cadets had an all-round experience at Ex ROLLING THUNDER”.

All cadets that took part were an absolute credit to themselves and their counties, however it was Sussex ACF who scored at gold medal standard, Dorset ACF scored silver, and Hampshire and IoW, Merseyside ACF and Woodbridge School CCF scored bronze.  A special mention must also go to the members of Argyll and Sunderland Highlanders Battalion ACF who didn’t achieve a medal ranking but were awarded the Pugh Memorial Trophy for Endeavour; this team exemplified the ethos and attitude of the Army Cadet Force.

Colonel Debs Douglas, the Royal Signals Corps Colonel Reserves said: “The Royal Signals were delighted to welcome so many enthusiastic cadets to compete in the National Cadet CIS Competition.  It is so fitting that this competition should be hosted at our home here in Blandford where our Regular and Reserve trade Cyber Engineer training takes place and brilliant to see so many committed cadets who are keen to understand more about communications and cyber. What a privilege for us!”

Well done to everyone who took part and we can’t wait to see you all at Cadet Camp in October!

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