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Students gain invaluable insight into Royal Navy life

Published: February 27, 2018

Duchy College Duchy Stoke Climsland 16-18

Students from Cornwall and Devon are gaining an invaluable insight into life in the Royal Navy at HMS Raleigh.

Duchy College is the only college in the UK to attend a phase one or initial training establishment on a regular basis and during the latest visit, Military Academy students had the opportunity to tackle the assault course.

The assault course is normally carried out during week nine of training for the Royal Navy. After been shown how to deal with each obstacle, the students then competed in two teams for the fastest time.

Students also spent time with Drill Leaders (DLs) and practised some rifle drill, as well as receiving a brief on the weapon systems the Royal Navy use. They had the opportunity to get hands on with the Glockenspiel Pistol, SA80 A2 and Carbine and the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG).

Military Academy student, Courtney Diggens, said she found the session “really tough and it was extremely cold”.

“Although it was really hard work, I am so glad I did it. It has really helped me realise what I need to work on.”

Fellow Military Academy student, Tom Golding, agreed that it was “really hard work, but also really good fun.”

“I really enjoyed it. These visits to HMS Raleigh are really useful, I feel really lucky to gain this experience during the course.”

Military Academy Progamme Manager, Jon Stone, said the trips to HMS Raleigh are “invaluable and give the students a real insight into Royal Navy training and Armed Forces initial training”.

“The opportunity to work with the Royal Navy instructors and receive actual training provides real work experience for the learners.”

There is a Courses and Careers Advice Event on Saturday 24th March 10am until Midday for students who may be interested in sport and adventure sport courses to come along and meet the teams and explore the facilities.



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