This training gives you an insight into many of the subjects you will cover as a cadet and gives you the foundations for the rest of your training.
Ready for an Adventure?
The Turks and Caicos Islands Cadet Corps training programme is patterned off the UK Army Cadet Force (ACF) (The Cadet Training Manual), with input from other Cadet Corps.During your time in the Turks and Caicos Island Cadet Corps you follow a syllabus called the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) which gets more challenging each year. All of the subjects below are taught by trained Instructors and Senior Cadets as standards of training are important in any youth organization such as ours. Subject you learn include the following:
Drill is the term used to describe a formal parade where you are able to move quickly in formation from one place to another. This may sound easy but when there is more than one person, marching, turning and saluting at the same time can be pretty difficult to master. Drill aims to produce a cadet who is alert and obedient and provide the basis of teamwork. It is the basis for instilling discipline by allowing cadets to pay attention to details.
Turnout is the term used to describe how to wear your uniform and personal equipment correctly. Your appearance is an important part of being a cadet. We will teach you about each part of your uniform and how to take care of it, ensuring smartness at all times. It will be your responsibility to always look smart and tidy when in Army Cadet Force uniform.
Learning about how the military functions and the role it has played in world history are an important part of your cadet training. In this topic you will learn about the customs and traditions of the ACF. You will also gain an understanding of the structure of the TCI Cadet Corps.
Learning to operate in a harsh environment and be effective. Learning about and protecting the environment. Disaster & Emergency Preparedness and Search and Rescue. Field craft is one of the most popular cadet activities in the Army Cadet Force. Field craft and Military Knowledge are subjects almost unique to the ACF. You will start by learning the basics of personal camouflage and how to move as an individual in the field, then go on to learn how to work together as a section in the field, before eventually commanding your own section. Field craft is taught throughout the year but during annual camp you will get to live out in the field over a number of days .Cadets learn how to look after themselves when away from the comforts of home as well as the basics of military tactics. Fieldcraft gives Cadets the opportunity to practice their leadership and teamwork
Learning to operate anywhere, anytime and navigate around any difficulty. Starting with the very basics of understanding how a phone box is represented on a map all the way up to back-bearings and resections. This is an essential skill for when you’re out in the field. These skills are also very useful if you want to do orienteering or take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Helping to save lives in emergencies. All cadets receive training in first aid as it’s a core subject within the Army Proficiency Certificate syllabus. In basic cadet training this amounts to safety awareness and ensuring that every cadet knows how to contact the emergency services. As you progress through the syllabus you will be expected to gain the skills necessary for an externally recognised youth first aid qualification
Cadets learn to be disciplined and safe when handling weapons and no firing of weapons is permitted until Cadets have demonstrated these skills. Once a Cadet has demonstrated his or her ability to control a weapon safely and with discipline, they are given the opportunity to practice their skills on a range. All handling and use of weapons or ammunition in the TCICC is directly supervised by adult instructors who have received in-depth training. All aspects of safety both to yourself and others will be taught first before you are allowed to handle a weapon.
Building strength and endurance. As a Cadet you will have the option to take part in a variety of sports and competitions such as athletics, cross country, football, orienteering and tug-of-war. Physical Training (PT) is held every Saturday commencing at 7:00 AM sharp.
No youth movement would be complete without its supporting the Community in many local activities. The aim is to introduce the cadet to his responsibilities as a citizen and to develop in him a constructive attitude to life at home and in detachment so that he participates fully in the life of the detachment. Cadets assist in many events and projects at the national and community level. The community involvement element of the Army Cadet Force syllabus also sits well with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award service section
After completing each level, cadets are awarded with badges (pictured). As you learn more about each topic and get better at it, you go up through the star levels until you reach four star or even Master Cadet.The cadet who will normally serve four years in the TCICC will gain an Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) at each Star level.
The Training Hours for this program are as follow:
Thursdays – 3:30 PM- 6:00 PM
Saturdays (PT)- 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Wednesdays- 3:30 PM- 6:00 PM
Saturdays (PT)- 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM