Officer Cadet Todd Ledwith blogs from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst about his visit to the Army Air Corps and an imminent outdoor exercise which looks like it’s going to be a bit chilly.
Everyone returned from their regimental visits this week with a bolstered determination to gain a commission into their chosen choice of arm. Personally, my visit provided me with my first flight in a Lynx Mk7 Helicopter; when flying with the side door open or when 50ft from the ground this is a very exciting place to be. As well as the kit, it was great to experience the character of a deployable Army Air Corps Squadron; definitely somewhere I would love to spend my career.
As the day of the Academy Boxing event draws near, the sports hall has undergone an amazing transformation at the hands of the PT Staff. Where once gym equipment dominated the space there now sits a full-sized boxing ring illuminated by spotlights and surrounded by the ranks of seats to be filled by the hordes of spectators. Stepping foot inside drew a period of hushed reflection from those who are hoping to step through the ropes on the night; the tension is beginning to mount.
After taking my last opportunity to visit home before the end of term, thoughts turn towards Exercise CRYCHAN’S CHALLENGE, which provides us with the chance to hone our platoon attack and patrolling skills. The news came through today that temperatures have hit a low of -14oC in Sennybridge, very soon to be our home for 5 days whilst on the exercise. Our long johns and other items of thermal clothing have just become our most prized possessions as everyone considers being on sentry at 4 o’clock in the morning in these rather brisk conditions.