Army cadets have enjoyed the experience of a lifetime – and so could more youngsters from areas including Hartlepool.
What a week it was for 23 teenagers from the Cleveland Army Cadet Force, who spent time at the Episkopi military base in Cyprus. Their packed agenda included training and working alongside serving members of the armed forces.
They were hosted by 2nd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment and got an insight into life in the army.
The soldiers taught them about the operational equipment they use.
The 16 to 18-year-olds also joined 2 Yorks soldiers for an exercise in the field which saw the cadets sleep out overnight and learn fundamental military skills from people with first-hand experience.
Later in the week, they learned about the role of the Royal Logistics Corps, in particular, their bomb disposal unit, and the different equipment they use.
Before the trip, I was quite quiet and kept to myself. My social skills have improved in such a short period of time because when you’re away from home like that you have to make friends and work as a team to get the most out of it.Patrick Muckian, Army Cadet
But it wasn’t all about the Army. They also saw life in the RAF when they visited RAF Akrotiri and learned about the different military aircraft in operation and the wide variety of jobs performed by RAF personnel.
Outside of Forces life, they enjoyed bowling, a visit to a waterpark, traditional Greek dining, go karting and sea-based water sports.
Patrick Muckian, 18, a cadet in Billingham Rifles detachment, said: “The week away in Cyprus has given me a lot more confidence. Before the trip, I was quite quiet and kept to myself. My social skills have improved in such a short period of time because when you’re away from home like that you have to make friends and work as a team to get the most out of it.”
The week was a great success for Cleveland Army Cadet Force and the aim is to make the visit an annual event.
Young people can join as a cadet from 12 up to 18 and there are cadet detachments across Teesside and North Yorkshire. To find out more, visit https://armycadets.com/become-a-cadet/ or contact (01642) 242414.
Adults aged 18 to 55 can learn more about volunteering by visiting https://armycadets.com/volunteer-with-us/
No previous military experience is needed to join.