Somerset Army Cadets earn new qualifications at wet and windy Mendips training weekend


Over 100 Army Cadets from across Somerset faced the elements last weekend as they attended a two day training course on top of the wet and windy Mendip hills.

Wellington Cadet Jake Wallis receiving his promotion from Major Andy Trunks at the training weekend

Wellington Cadet Jake Wallis receiving his promotion from Major Andy Trunks at the training weekend

During the training weekend, Cadets were given the opportunity to develop their skills in a number of activities. These included First Aid, Basic Training, Shooting and Advanced Leadership.

Many came away with nationally recognised qualifications in a number of these disciplines following the course.

Wellington Cadet Jake Wallis was even promoted to Lance Corporal at the weekend, which is the first step for him in becoming a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO).

Lieutenant John Kitchen, Adult Volunteer with Wellington Army Cadets said: “Jake’s promotion is a tremendous achievement; he has worked very hard not only in passing all his subjects, but also in demonstrating his leadership qualities within the platoon and also within the Company.

“Being an NCO is not only about giving orders, it also means getting involved by planning events and having more responsibilities within the platoon.”

He added: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Jake and also take this opportunity to encourage any other youngsters in the Wellington area who are looking for an exciting, adventurous challenge to come along and see what we do on Monday or Thursday, 7 – 9.30 p.m.”

This weekend Lt Kitchen’s Wellington Cadets will be at Yoxter Camp, training in Target Rifle Shooting for the National Shooting Competition held at Bisley in the summer.

“The Army Cadets in Wellington not only involve themselves in their own training, but are passionate about helping out in the local community,” he explained.

“Over the last year they have been involved in the Wellington Boot Throwing Championships, the Carnival, Mayday celebrations, putting up the town’s Christmas tree and many other events.

“If any organisations would like any help with their local events, please get in touch with us; even if it is just to help with car parking, moving equipment. We will be more than happy to help!”

To contact Wellington Army Cadets, telephone Lt Kitchen on 07732 932 376 or HQ on 01823 284486.

Somerset Army Cadet Force is always on the lookout for new members. If you are interested in joining as an adult volunteer or Cadet please visit for more information.

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