Cambrian patrol is the premier cadet competition. It is based in the Brecon Beacons which is the birthplace of the infantry. It aims to push cadets, testing them both physically and mentally on the skills they have learnt throughout their time in CCF or ACF. Teams come from the whole of the UK and are pitted against each other as well as an expected standard.
Our competition started on a Friday night with the IC being briefed on orders whilst the rest of the team had a kit check. With 2 kit checks before that you would have hoped we had everything. Thankfully we did and scored the maximum points possible. The following morning began at 0400 with a full English breakfast and by 0600 the 12-hour patrol began.
Our first stand was a military knowledge test. We felt went well and set a good precedent (despite it beginning to snow). The next stand was one of the ones we were looking forward to, the section attack. This was over difficult terrain with a hidden enemy using a GPMG. For much of the attack half the section couldn’t see the enemy until pushing over a few barb-wire fences. To get to the enemy position Charlie fire team flanked and had to jump a few more fences before clearing out the enemy. The section attack was difficult but clearly went well.