Operation Nighthawk

At the end of March, 30 of our CCF cadets from the Army and RAF sections spent a weekend at the Army Training Area at Driffield, taking part in the Night Hawk Exercise with our school CCF Staff and also staff from the Cadet Training Team.

Students got to learn how to conceal themselves in different environments, with lessons on how to properly apply camouflage cream. They then got to build their own personal shelter, learning how to cook outdoors with military ration packs. After another lesson on military hand signals and patrolling, the cadets camped out in their Bashas

After two nights of camping, the Exercise finished with a Section Attack on the Sunday, led by the Senior Cadets. This involved the cadets patrolling with the Cadet G.P rifle, fitted with a B.F.A (Blank firing attachment) and attacking an ‘enemy’ position on the training ground.

Officer Commanding RAF Section, Pilot Officer Sarah Green said:

“It was great to see the students put their skills to use and get a feel for military life. The CCF is an incredible opportunity for students to develop their confidence, leadership and resourcefulness, and provides them with a fun opportunity to form life-long friendships with their peers. We had great feedback from the students who enjoyed all of the activities and we’re looking forward to the next trip.

Bridlington School is one of only 60 state schools across the UK to have its own CCF Contingent. Students can join at the beginning of Year 8 and remain cadets until the end of Year 13 if they so wish. Whether in the Army or the RAF section, they learn a range of military skills and participate in a variety of leadership and teamwork exercises.

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