Public Services students completed a two day, one night expedition this week. This is the first of three expeditions students take part in as part of their course. This expedition taught students the basics of camp craft and navigation using maps and compasses. Throughout the two days, students took part in a number of practical lessons and activities involving night navigation, fire lighting and basic reconnaissance techniques This culminated in a night navigation and reconnaissance exercise. Staff and students were accompanied by Lance Corporal Finlay Jones of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, who used his expertise to teach students how to conduct low-level reconnaissance operations.
Although a cold night students learnt a lot and will build upon the lessons learnt after Christmas on a three day, two night expedition.
The expedition provided an opportunity to practice what had been taught in the classroom and build upon this. Being taught by a serving member of the Armed Forces really inspired me, teaching us current how things are really done in industry. The highlight of the two days away was the realistic reconnaissance exercise which involved students being given a set of orders by a member of staff with a model and then carrying out the task under our own leadership.
– Cosmin Turlui