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Youngsters undergo Army training course
5:05pm Friday 8th February 2013 in News
YOUNGSTERS have been shown the military life after spending a week undergoing basic Army training.
Pupils from Sunnydale Community College, Shildon, took part in an Army insight course where training was provided by serving soldiers.
They spent five days at Wathgill Camp, between Richmond and Leyburn, in North Yorkshire, as part of their BTEC public services qualification course.
The teens were kitted out in combat clothing and they took part in parade ground drill, combat training and shooting practice.
They also received lessons in camouflage and concealment techniques, navigation and patrol skills and how to cook Army field rations.
As part of the five-day long session the group spent a full night camped out near Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
Ron Milton, assistant headteacher, said: “The purpose was to offer the students a no-commitment introduction to Army life.
“They were exposed to activities and challenges designed to test their initiative, leadership, communication and team-building skills.
“Most coped really well and were proud of their achievements.”