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Cadets get flavour of Army life

PUBLISHED: 15:37 22 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

PARACHUTE Regiment Army Cadets from Ipswich were among more than 200 young people drawn from all over Britain who joined forces in Aldershot to get a real flavour of life with the British Army.

PARACHUTE Regiment Army Cadets from Ipswich were among more than 200 young people drawn from all over Britain who joined forces in Aldershot to get a real flavour of life with the British Army.

The girls and boys slept out in tents, cooked their own rations in the field, were taught survival skills, field craft and observation skills.

They also took part in stunningly realistic section attacks with experienced members of the Parachute Regiment by their side.

For many of those taking part it was the first time they'd been on a real Army base and done 'grown up' training.

The youngsters are all members of cadet forces who proudly bear the Parachute Wings as their cap badge. While many of them participate for the sheer fun and excitement being in the cadets can offer, 25 percent of them will go that step further and join the regular Army once they're old enough.

The army believes it is the best quality training that cadets can receive, and such easy access to Aldershot's training areas with its huge variety of woods, sandy hills and scrubland made the weekend one of the most thrilling of their lives.

Once back at Browning Barracks they were faced with the highlight of the trip – a jump from the Parachute Fan.

This 40 foot structure simulates the parachute drop from a Hercules, and gives the cadets their first taste of being 'real' Red Devils!

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