Fieldcraft and Military Skills Training (FMST) is one of the key activities in the Air Cadets. Many new cadets are surprised to find that yes, we do everything the Army Cadet Force do, and more but we are not gloating of course. However if you want to dress up as a tree then you have to learn how to do it properly and in a military manner.
Basic training will cover Camouflage and Concealment, Tactical Movement in daytime and nightime, Basha or Shelter Construction, Signals, Radio and Communications in the Field, Field Cooking, Patrol Harbours and Sentries, Ambushes, Observation Posts, Harbour clearances, Counter-ambush drills and Section Attacks.
Cadets are taught the fundamentals of night discipline in a deployed location, given a practical night demonstration and practice safe night procedures. This includes night vision and awareness and tactical movement.
Cadets learn the basic health and hygiene principles to be adopted in the field, so that they can remain fit to carry out their primary duty and be an effective member of a team.
Cadets learn the safe handling of Field Ration Packs and cooking with a hexamine stove. Cooking also includes practical cooking in a tactical situation and surroundings, cooking in extreme weather conditions and the care of stove, mess tins, knife fork spoon and mug. You don’t want to go hungry or end up with food poisoning.
The majority of this training is covered during squadron evenings and once learnt can be put to good use on Easter Camp. Of course hotel accommodation during this type of camp is always to a standard appreciated by those who wear camouflage most of the time. No room service for sure.