Category Archives: South East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

Royal County of Berkshire Army cadets have most successful shooting year


Cadets from the Royal County entered a Nationally organised ACF small bore competition with 600 entries and run under civilian National Small-bore rifle  Association rules.

Of the initial squad of 12, 10 managed to shoot well enough in the first round where the top 200 competitors could continue into the second round

After a further round of shooting 7 of the team were in the top 100 of the whole competition and have been awarded the coveted Cadet 100 badge 2016/7 to wear on their uniform.

4 of the team entered last year and this was the first year for the remainder of the squad.

2 Cadets, CSM Kelly and Cpl Egereva, shot well enough to be selected for the ACF l team to shoot in the Junior Inter-Services Small-bore match, The Whistler Trophy  and have been awarded their National Colours.

LCpl A Egereva of 9 Platoon Caversham is to be commended to achieving second place in the overall Cadet 100 competition for the second year running.

In order to get to this high standard of shooting  Cadets had to attend a minimum of 10 training sessions between September and October and further shooting in February for the second round of the competition.

For further information on Cadet competition shooting please look at the CCRS (Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting ) website

C/SM J Kelly               Whitley            Riles

L/Cpl A Egereva         Caversham     REME

C/SM G Manning        Caversham     REME

Cpl H Lee                    Woodley          REME

Cdt F.O’Higgins          Woodley          REME

Cdt C Stevens            Caversham     REME

Cpl C.Turner               Caversham     REME

Introducing the very first New Style UKCC Level 3 Surf Kayak Coach in the UK

Sea Cadet Adult Volunteer – Sub Lieutenant Monty Smedley from Southampton has become the very first person in the UK to qualify as a UKCC Level 3 Surf Kayak Coach. Monty who is the SCC Headquarters Staff Officer for Paddlesports gained the new award very recently after completing a very tough training and assessment program which included:

  • A three-day core training course in 2015 which is common to all Coaches on the Level 3 pathway. This was followed by two days of discipline specific (surf kayak) training at Westward Ho! In North Devon. On completion Monty then had to find two mentors, one to advise on coaching practice and one to advise on technical delivery. Both mentors had to watch the sessions he delivered over a one year period.
  • Finding 2-4 committed cadets who would sign up for a year long process including goal setting, monthly sessions and attending a final assessment day.  Two cadets, identical twins Sophie and Beth from Salisbury unit, signed up, each with individual goals, each completing 21 sessions with Monty over a 12-month period.
  • Planning the long-term student’s development into sessions, agreeing dates around school work and other commitments, running sessions on the water, reviewing and then writing up all of the information into a portfolio, which was nearly 200 pages when complete.
  • Submitting the final portfolio for review and undertaking a final full day’s assessment in Bude, North Cornwall

As part of the process Beth and Sophie took part in a surf competition and both achieved their BC 3* Surf Kayak Award.

As you can see from what was required this was a long process, which amongst work, family and other SCC commitments took up most of Monty’s free time!

S/Lt (SCC) Monty Smedley RNR is a long-term SCC Volunteer who has been an Instructor in the organisation since 1994. Now aged 41 He is still as committed to the SCC and Kayaking as he was when joining as a cadet at York Unit in his teens. Monty gained his BCU 1 Star award in 1991 and became a L2 Coach/Assessor in July 2000 since then he has built up a large portfolio of BCU (latterly Canoe England) Qualifications using them both as a coach and a committed paddler.

Written by Lt Cdr (SCC) Ray Mitchell GCGI RNR

Oxfordshire Army Cadet Force

Tyler Jeffs

Sergeant Tyler Jeffs – Banbury Jordan Detachment – Oxfordshire Battalion

Tyler became a Cadet as a number of his friends had enrolled and thought it was something new to get involved with.

Tyler has enjoyed the challenges of overcoming many obstacles including Fieldscraft, Physical training and has progressed to become a senior cadet within his company.

He feels that it has made him far more rounded as a person and developed skills that he never thought he has, all while making life long friends.

Tyler has found it inspiring to be able to support the younger cadets in learning new skills and developing themselves as people, which has helped him develop his own leadership and teamwork skills.

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Cadet Megan Robins–Bourton – Bicester Detachment – Oxfordshire Battalion

Megan Robins-Bourton has wanted to work with the Army since she was little and was encouraged to joined by her Dads friends who helps with the Cadets.

Joining the Cadets has helped boost Megans confidence and with meeting lots of news friends, she feels that it has helped make it easier to socialise with people.

Megan has overcome a lot of fears since enrolling with Cadets and really enjoys activities that she didn’t think she would.  She said:  “It is really good fun and I definitely recommend joining up.”

Aleaha Stuart

Corporal Aleaha Stuart – Donnington Bridge – Oxfordshire Battalion

After seeing of the experiences that were available with the Cadets, Aleaha signed up to become a Cadet at Donnington Bridge.

With hard work and practice, Aleaha has overcome the skills she wasn’t so good at and believes it has made her more confident, self reliable and focused.

Aleaha believes that it has changed her for the better and best part of being a Cadet is all the friends she has made.

Why I became an Adult Volunteer

Wendy White

Adult Under Officer – Wendy White – Y Company, Hampshire and IOW ACF

Wendy White is an Adult Under Officer with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force.  After her sons enrolment as a Cadet, Wendy was impressed with his boost in confidence, his health improvement and general attitude to school and other activities.

Initially out of her comfort zone, Wendy has become a ranges safety officer and has learnt a range of skills from teaching, teamwork right through to skill at arms.  Wendy found that the skills and experiences she has learned, reflected well in her work.

Wendy said; “I wanted to give that support to teenagers and learn new skills myself.  I absolutely love it and I have met some amazing people.”

Sarah Sturgeon

Flight Lieutenant – Sarah Sturgeon – 2260 Waterlooville Squadron ATC

As a Cadet previously, Sarah wanted to give back some of the fantastic experiences she had herself with the Air Cadets.  Sarah took on a failing Cadet unit and with her hard work and dedication, has lead the unit on to become South West Region Marshall Trophy Winners.

Alongside helping Cadets achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Sarah has also successfully graduated in City & Guilds in Youth Leadership and Management, which she believes has complemented her work with the RAF.  Her employers are very supportive of her role as an adult volunteer and give her 5 days annual leave for her work with the Cadets.

Chris Spratt

Captain RMC Chris Spratt – Portsmouth Volunteer Cadet Corps – HMS Excellent

Chris Spratt is an adult volunteer with Portsmouth Volunteer Cadet Corps.  After being a cadet himself, he wanted to give back to the community what he learnt from his time with Cadets.

Chris described his real sense of achievement whilst working with brilliant youngsters and helping inspirational young people develop into Responsible and Dependable Adults.  He also feels that it has enhance his Leadership and Planning Skills which brings an added benefit to his employers.

Andrea Colpitts

WO2 Andrea Colpitts – RMVCC (Portsmouth) Whale Island HMS Excellent

Andrea Colpitts became involved with the Cadets after her son as a Cadet with the RMVCC.  He has returned to the cadets as an Adult volunteer.

Andrea enjoys motivating the children and it has become a big part of her life.  She finds great joy in watching the young cadets grow into well-adjusted young adults.

She finds it heart-warming knowing that she has made a difference to the children and that they will take their skills and experiences into adulthood.

Wellington College CCF Royal Windsor

Report from Wellington College CCF:


Three of our top CCF riders competed at the Royal Windsor International Horse Show to compete in the prestigious Inter-services competition in the Castle Arena. Annabelle Turner, Millie Hockenhull and Georgie Murrin rode brilliant rounds to finish on a team score of 16 faults: Georgie ended up finishing as top individual in the first round in the fasted time with no faults, while Millie had a few undeserved poles, but rode incredibly well despite a very last minute change of horse! Annabelle had just one unfortunate pole, but coached round her home-produced young horse like a true professional.


After an anxious wait, we found out the team had made it into the top 12, so were in the jump off for the placings in front of Her Majesty The Queen! After a mounted parade of all the horses to Her Majesty, Georgie Murrin was selected to jump-off for the placings. She was extremely quick, but had an unfortunate two poles down. The pressure was immense with a full stadium, media and of course The Queen watching, but Georgie was very calm under the circumstances! The team finished in 6th place and the girls were absolutely fantastic; Demonstrating their riding finesse and proving to be excellent ambassadors for the college and CCF. It was a great day enjoyed by all!


TS Swiftsure

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Lilyann Yven-Dent – Cadet TS Swiftsure

Lilyann has been with the Sea Cadets for about a year as her mum thought it would be good to something with my spare time and agreed it would be something exciting.  Lilyann really likes the boating and found it really exciting to go on the sea and really enjoys doing the outdoor sports with the Cadets. Lilyann said:  “The people are nice and friendly and I would eventually like to join the Navy.”


Jake Myers Potter – TS Swiftsure

Sea Cadet Jake Myers Potter became involved with TS Swiftsure after being recommended by friend to join because of his keen interest in boats. Although having the opportunity to go sailing Jake has found the thing he likes the most is the lessons and going away for the weekends. Jake says being with the Cadets is amazing and has made so many friends after only knowing one person when he started.


Tyler Edmondson – Cadet TS Swiftsure

Tyler Edmondson followed in his families steps by becoming a Sea Cadet at TS Swiftsure.  His Mum, both brother and sister were Cadets and his sister is still with the Cadets. Tyler found his nights were boring when they were at cadets and was keen to become a Cadet himself.  The thing he most enjoys is the drill and looks forward to the summer camps, playing games and socialising with friends.

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Rebecca Crewdson – Adult volunteer TS Swiftsure

Rebecca becoming a Cadet with the TS Swiftsure as both her Dad and older Sibling were with the Cadets. As an Adult Instructor, Rebecca looks after the junior section which has four sections such as drill, seamanship, boating, first aid and outdoor activities which includes camping, walking and outdoor sports.  They also teach them about community and faith to help them to engage within their communities.

Rebecca enjoys seeing the children achieve their certificates and have made some great friends as there is such a lovely atmosphere. Rebecca said:  “I have learnt about how to approach different people and how to deal with different types of behaviour and encourage them to get involved. There is so much to do and you can make such a difference in kids lives, it is a really happy place for them to be.”

CIS Troop, 8 Engineer Brigade

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Sgt Wayne Adams – CIS Troop, 8 Engineer Brigade

Sgt Wayne Adams served for 25 years with the Irish Guards and was encouraged to sign up by friends already in the Reserves.

Being in the Reserves gives Wayne the opportunity to work on familiar tasks as a team and assist those reservists who have never been involved with the military before.  He enjoys being able to experience the military activities and opportunities that aren’t available in any other environment.

Wayne currently works for the Crown Estate as a Warden on the Great Park in Windsor and has great support of being enlisted as a reserve, especially as his boss is the Duke of Edinburgh and is the head ranger of the park!

SPR Dan Wrixon

Sapper Daniel Wrixon

Working as a site manager SPR Daniel Wrixon has always wanted to sign up to the Army and the Reserves is the closest he felt he could get whilst still supporting his family.

Daniel enjoys the military lifestyle and the different people you get to meet.  The mentality of those in the military is that everyone mucks in to get the job done and he enjoys the drive and the push that comes with the Reserves.

The military training he has received has benefitted him in his civilian job and he has taken the structure into his role which he has used to plan and prioritise tasks.

Having never run before Daniel is now completing charity runs and marathons being inspired by his Reserve colleagues.

Daniel’s enthusiasm has now also encouraged his daughter to enroll with the Sea Cadets, which she thrives on.  She is really enjoying the trips, exercises away and being part of the military family.

PTE Lina Johnson - CIS Troop 8 Eng

Private Lina Johnson

Private Lina Johnson wanted to do something different outside of her boundaries that would push her.  Enjoying being outdoors and sports, she also felt that it would be nice to give something back herself, given all the services do to protect our Country.

As a personal assistant in London, Lina’s employers have been supportive of her Reserves role and she has been able to introduce them to the Reserves Employer scheme and show them all the benefits that are available to them.

Lina feels her confidence has grown since enrolling as a Reserve and she enjoys the support that she has received.  This has encouraged her to develop herself and she is grateful for all the potential opportunities that are available.