For the first time in known history, Seaford College Combined Cadet Force attended the Commandant’s Parade on Wednesday 10th December 2014 at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This was an awesome opportunity for the 12 cadets selected to attend this highly motivating and inspiring parade. The parade gave them and the staff the incredible privilege and insight into how the best military establishment in the world operates, and turns out highly-polished young officers. The weather was bright but cold and seating was arranged under cover at the Old College Parade Ground.
The Reviewing Officer was Major General S R Skeates CBE who addressed the young officers wishing them all good luck with their future careers with these words of wisdom: “I ask only 3 things of you – run hard, shoot straight and Serve to Lead”
This sums up the essence of the training in military skills, man-management and self discipline that all officer cadets undergo. Our CCF cadets watched spellbound by the precision drill of the Sandhurst cadets preparing to pass out of the prestigious Academy two days later, to start their active military careers.
We then moved on to the Royal Logistic Corps Museum at Deepcut, where the manager Mark Tindle gave us an escorted tour around the exhibits, explaining the historical background to the artefacts, and the importance of the Logistic Corps to ensure that troops had rations, accommodation and ammunition. His assistant curator then demonstrated firearms from across the centuries, an opportunity for the Cadets to handle the decommissioned arms.
The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all the staff and cadets alike.