Monday 26th June 2017
Public Services Students Complete Army Experience
A group of John Leggott College Public Services students recently completed a week long placement at an Army camp in Swynnerton, Staffordshire.
The group of 8 students began the placement by travelling to Swynnerton and were kitted out with uniform on arrival. They were then assigned to sections made up of students from schools across the country. The first evening was spent practicing patrol formations and drills in readiness for the full exercise beginning the next morning. The trip gave students an insight into basic training and a snapshot of what life is like in the Army.
A testing patrol into the training area began the second day. The participants then worked to setup defensive positions, sleeping areas and tents. After setting up camp each section went on evening patrol and practiced the act of ambushing enemy patrols and completed an observation exercise. After this practice the sections came under attack from the regular Army unit attached to the camp, meaning they needed to effect a quick evacuation and relocate back to a safe area to make camp.
Public Services tutor Andrew Fisher felt that the exercises really helped the student’s development.
“The students had to have motivation to succeed, they also needed self-discipline and the confidence to try things they hadn’t done before without complaint.”
In the following days of the course the participants carried out battle and attack drills, completed assault courses and took part in classroom-based activities.
At the end of the course awards were presented to the top performing student in each section. John Leggott College students completed a clean sweep of all of the awards, highlighting the tenacity and skill they had shown throughout the placement.
The experience was of massive benefit to the students and helped them to hone the skills needed to be a success on the Public Services course and in the future as well.
“The trip was such a success that the majority of the group are now planning on joining the Army when they finish college.”