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INKERMAN IN ACTION Issue 02| Summer 2016

Inkerman retains Top Cadet Appointment Cadet Sergeant Major Sockell went against the other Company Sergeant Majors for the prestigious appoint of Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major. The role of RSM was appointed to him from the Commandant and was handed over to him from the outgoing RSM—his Brother. . Huge congratulations to the new cadet Regimental Sergeant Major, of the West Lowland Battalion ACF, Tony Sockell.

Tony over the next year will lead the Battalions Military Skills Team at the 51 Infantry Brigade Competition held yearly at Barry Buddon.

Over the past 5 years Tony has climbed the ranks with ease and previous to his appointment as RSM was the Company Sergeant Major of Inkerman Training Group and has now been appointed as the most senior NCO of the West Lowland Battalion.

As well as being a role model and senior NCO of the Battalion, Tony is heading to Frimley Park in August to participate in the Master Cadet Course. The Master Cadet title is a prestigious award only given to those cadets who can rove that they have the skills, leadership qualities and knowledge to lead and teach young cadets.

Tony takes over this role from none other that his eldest brother, who is now joining the adult ranks. Facebook

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IN THIS ISSUE 01 Edinburgh Tattoo 02 Annual Camp 2016 03 Battalion Sports 04 Charity Events 05 Target Rifle Competition 06 Inkerman News 07 RSM E Sockell 08 Inkerman in Action 09 More Information 10 Forecast of Events Army Cadet Force



Kilmarnock RHF 2Lt Stringer

What a great year it has been for Inkerman. I have seen you all progress and grow in strength. We have had so many successes and still have so much more to come. Mainly, coming joint first in the Lucas Tooth Competition. I would like to wish our new cadet RSM T Sockell all the best with his appointment.

Commandant Col Connor

Auchinleck Lt Green

Deputy Commandant Lt Col Dempsey

Ayr SMI Murray

It has made me proud to be your Company Commander. Unfortunately, I will be leaving you all but do not fear, I will not be going far and hopefully in time will be back. I am pursuing my dream career by joining the police which would leave me little time to be your Company Commander and you deserve more. My replacement will be Major Wallace, who was the training Major and is an experienced Company Commander. I am sure he will be impressed with Inkerman as much as I am. Good luck to you all and always follow your dreams. Captain L A Murray Officer Commanding


Deputy Commandant Belmont Lt Col Middleton MBE SSI Black OC Inkerman Capt. Murray

Dalmellington SSI Murphy

2IC Inkerman Lt McDermott

Girvan SSI Cochrane

Inkerman CSM SMI Wakelam

Maybole SMI Wakelam

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Tarbolton SSI Given Troon SI Miller

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THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Cadets from across the training group were invited to attend the final dress rehearsal of the Edinburgh Tattoo. As the 2016 Edinburgh Military Tattoo kicks off, our cadets were offered an amazing opportunity to watch the final dress rehearsal before the event kicks off. On Thursday 4th August 2016 cadets and adults embarked upon the historic landmark that is Edinburgh Castle. After a 2 hour drive and walk up the Royal Mile the cadets were seated and awaited the start of the famous worldwide show. The tattoo stated in a traditional Scottish manner with the British Army Pipes and Drums. There were many performances from a number of different military bands. These bands covered the length and breadth of the Country. RSM Sockell: “its fantastic to be able to attend Military events like this and show off how amazing the cadets are�. The cadets, adults and Officers had a fantastic evening and would like to thank the organisers, the battalion and the RFCA for allowing us to attend. 3

FAREWELL TO AN INSPIRATIONAL CADET Inkerman Training Group bid farewell to one of its Top Cadets. RSM Euan Sockell has marched his final parade with the West Lowland Battalion. Euan Sockell started as a cadet 7 years ago when the 12 year old boy turned up to our Troon Detachment to see what cadets was all about. 7 years later and Euan has turned into a mature young man who has taken everything that he can, and experienced things he will never experience again. When Euan joined cadets it wasn't long before he achieved his first rank as a cadet lance corporal and it didn't take him long to move up the ranks. Euan became the Company Sergreant Major of Inkerman Training

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Group where he ran a successful company. This success showed and he was fortunate enough to be promoted to the highest ranking cadets in the Battalion when he was appointed as the Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major. This role allowed Euan to work with the 4 Company Sergeant Majors from across the Battalion to ensure that his Battalion was running as smoothly as possible. Euan held this appointment for one year and ended with a promotion to Cadet Under Officer, Euan finished his time as a cadet as he fell out of his final parade with the West Lowland Adult Officers. Euan was also fortunate enough to have been named as Scotland most inspirational cadets from across the three cadet organisations, this was a prestigious award that will live with Euan forever. All in the Inkerman Training Group are very proud of everything that this young man has achieved and we would like to wish him all the best in his future. We hope that we will see you back one day as an adult instructor.


ANNUAL CAMP 2016 This year cadets from the West Lowland Battalion ACF spent a fun filled 2 weeks Annual Camp at Penally Camp in Wales. Camp started on the 16th July and offered a wide array of activities for the cadets to enjoy. Annual Camp kicked off with an over night journey from Scotland to Wales, on arrival cadets were bedded down in preparation for activities starting later in the afternoon. Once the cadets had woken, had lunch and got changed into their uniform, annual camp was officially started with

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the Commandants Parade. In this parade Colonel Connor set out his objectives for the duration of camp. RSM Euan Sockell took control of his parade, ensured everyone was on time and smartly dressed. Behaviour and dress of the cadets were the RSM’s main role this camp. He ensured that all his CSM’s were well prepped and understood what was going on. Over the duration of the camp the cadets took part in a number of activities and APC training events. The camp was split into 4 main training areas. The cadets spent two days out of camp on the adventure training package where they undertook abseiling from 150ft, mountain biking, orienteering, archery and making use of your very own climbing tower. A further two days were spent participating in cadet signals, first aid, navigation and clay pigeon shooting. The main areas of the APC training were taken in camp by the squad adults and depending on star level the cadets participated in a 24/36 hour Fieldcraft exercise where they practiced and enhanced their knowledge in the field. Camp finally had to end again with the Commandant giving his closing address and promoting the new Cadet RSM, a first for the Battalion as it was passed from one brother to another.

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INKERMAN ORIENTEERING AND SHOOTING TEAMS FINDING THEIR WAY 7 junior cadets from across the training group made up Inkermans junior orienteering team. The cadets came together to compete against the other training groups in a timed orienteering event. The cadets had to navigate themselves around a set out track and find the information set out for them. This put the cadets navigation skills to the test. Inkerman cadets had a great day and were crowned runners up.

INKERMAN SHOOTING TEAM Under the watchful eye of Inkermans Shooting Rep SSI Black cadets participated in the Brigade shooting competition. The cadets done extremely well, under difficult shooting conditions and were fortunate enough to be invited to compete in the national competition at t the home of shooting in Bisley. Well Done!


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INKERMAN WIN THE FIRST LEG OF THE LUCAS TOOTH COMPETITION. Cadets from across the training group came together at Dam Park in Ayr to compete against the other Training Groups from across the West Lowland Battalion. The competition was close however Inkerman pushed through and came out on top. Cadets competed in a number of athletic events from short and long distance running, short put, discus and javelin. The Athletics competition is the first leg of the battalions Lucas tooth competition which ends each year on the final day of Annual Camp. Sports is a large part of the ACF as cadets get to participate in athletics, swimming, football and hockey to name a few. Photography caption and details



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THE SENIOR TEAM! Senior cadets from across the training group embarked upon Holly Bush House in Ayrshire. The mission—to assist in a fun filled open day in aid of combat stress. The cadets worked hard and were a credit to their training group. The staff and guests and Holly Bush were extremely happy with their support.

Walking the Peaks

2LT STRINGER TAKES ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO! On the 2nd of October I will be flying out to Tanzania and along with another Adult instructor from L&B ACF will attempt to do 22 push-ups on the Summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. As part of the challenge and to help raise awareness for this cause I am also undertaking a number of other challenges this month including climbing several Munros,10k runs, and a triathlon all for Combat Stress! Move on up

COMBAT STRESS Combat Stress is the UK's leading veterans' mental health charity. We treat a range of mental health conditions including PTSD, depression and anxiety. Mental health issues can affect ex-servicemen and women of all ages. Right now, we have more than 6,000 veterans registered with us for support. We're a vital lifeline for these veterans, and their

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QUALIFICATIONS By entering the Army Cadet Force piping and drumming structured learning programme you can earn a Cadet Proficiency Certificate, gain ACF star levels, study for the BTEC First Diploma in Music and attain the Piping and Drumming Qualification Board (SQA) Certificate in Piping, Pipe Band Drumming and Bass and Tenor Drumming. Dingwall April 2016

CAMERON BARRACKS The senior band members recently completed a 10 day camp at Cameron Barracks in Inverness. They learned theory, practical and maintenance towards their star levels and SQA Awards. Whist there they travelled to Dingwall to perform a Beating Retreat and on Saturday night they performed in the first ever concert of the ACFA Pipes & Drums in Eden Court Theatre. The next event is the Beating Retreat at Edinburgh Castle on 30th April.

A huge well done to all!!

“INSPIRE TO ACHIEVE� The training weekends start back in September, so anyone interested in learning piping, side drumming, tenor or bass please get in contact via West Lowland Pipes & Drum on Facebook or email me on (WSSI Greenwood, Pipe Major of Pipes & Drums)

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THE DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving 14-24 year olds the opportunity to be the best they can be. The ACF offers this qualification at the cost of registration, that’s it! Everything else including your expedition weekends which cost £100 in civilian street is the same cost as a normal weekend camp! Don’t delay sign up today!

Levels of Award & Costs Each award contains an number of sections that must be completed, these are: Volunteering, Skills, Physical, Expedition and Residential. There are 3 awards: Bronze: £19.00 Silver: £19.00

Expedition time

WANT MORE INFO? If you would like to sign up and give yourself a new challenge then please speak to your Detachment Commander or alternatively speak with the Duke of Edinburgh representative for Inkerman, Staff Sergeant Murphy who will be more than happy to discuss the award in more detail. Application forms can be collected from your detachment or can be given to you at the next weekend camp.

Gold: £26.00 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award


The West Lowland Battalion has been granted the award of being an SQA Approved centre. This means that we can assess our cadets and help give them qualification for the work they do. Skills to Work is a new qualification we are running that offers generic employability skills needed to success in the workplace. Skills our cadets already have!

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As cadets move through the ranks and APC syllabus they will be able to achieve a Level 5 Award in leadership which develops leadership skills, styles and qualities.

MORE INFORMATION With 41,000 cadets an 9,400 adults in over 1,600 locations around the UK, the Army Cadets makes a big impact on young people, parents and communities. Scottish Senior Cadets

The Army Cadets is about fun, friendship, action and adventure. We inspire young people (and adults) to challenge their limits and go further in life, no matter what they aim to do. Army cadets are boys and girls aged 12-18 who are looking for something more from life and to challenge their limits. ACF detachments meet one or two evenings a week with occasional weekend camps and competitions. Every summer there is an annual camp where everyone in the county has the chance to experience one of the Army’s training camps for even more exciting activities. Everyone who joins does the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC), a programme of activity designed to develop leadership and team-working skills and help cadets to achieve their full potential. Cadets also get the chance to choose from a wide choice of additional activities - everything from rock climbing and mountain biking through to archery, abseiling and music. On top of that they can also gain a wide range of valuable qualifications. From doing a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to gaining the BTEC First Diploma in Public Services or Music, cadets get the opportunity to learn valuable skills that are recognised and valued by employers. “No one realises just how good it is until they give it a chance”


It’s not just cadets who benefit from joining the ACF, detachments around the UK also have opportunities for adult instructors. As a volunteer with the Army Cadets you will have an amazing range of training opportunities. Working with like-minded people you’ll make friends for life and you’ll be making real difference to young people in your community. Volunteering with us will give you confidence and help you develop leadership and teamworking skills which will help you move up the career ladder. When you start as a volunteer you will embark on a detailed, progressive training programme to give you all the skills you need. You will also have opportunities to progress up our rank structure either as an Adult Instructor or Commissioned Officer. “I am constantly being challenged and, at the same time, challenging myself! That’s what I like about cadets, it is never dull or boring, there is something new to learn all the time”


The ACF is often confused with the Army but our link is through sponsorship. Although the ACF’s adults and cadets wear uniforms and use the same rank structure as the Army they are not part of it and there is no pressure to join the Armed Forces.

“it’s probably the most fun thing you’ll ever do in your whole life”

CONTACT US The West Lowland Battalion Army Cadet Force Fuisiler House, Seafoth Road, Ayr, KA Telephone: 01292 264612 © Army Cadet Force 2016


If you want to get more from life take a look at the Army Cadet Force. Whether you’re a budding cadet or interested in becoming an adult instructor, the Army Cadets offers plenty of action and adventure. From rock climbing and mountain biking to target shooting and going on camps, your life will be packed with challenges, fun and friendship. There are also lots of opportunities to gain valuable qualifications like the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. So why not go further? Find out more by visiting:


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September 2016 9-11 Mil Skills Prep weekend 16-18 Company Weekend 16-18 Mil Skills Competition October 2016 28-30 SQA Weekend and PI Training November 2016 18-20 PI Weekend 25-27 Adult Training and Dinner Night December 2016 9-11 PI Weekend 2-4 Company Weekend


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