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Public uniform services students conquer key drill assessment

Public Uniformed Service students perform drill at Telford College, Shropshire

Telford College’s public uniform services students displayed their impressive drill skills in the college’s sports hall for a crucial assessment.

The squad of 22 students performed drill manoeuvres including turns, saluting and marking time whilst marching, under the watchful eye of an assessing tutor.

The public uniformed services programme prepares students for potential work in the armed services, training students in areas such as leadership, responding to emergencies, an understanding of conflict, and physical training.

The programme also has the opportunity for students to take part in outdoor activities such as kayaking, team building and climbing, as well as maintaining the fitness requirements to meet any uniformed service.

The drill session was led by Taylor Lewis, a student who also holds the position of Corporal in his local Army Cadet Force detachment. Taylor said: “My experience at cadets really helps with drill. I feel some of the first-hand experience I’ve had through camps and exercises really gives me the upper hand in my studies.”

“I like studying public uniformed services; the course gives me a lot of useful skills that are relevant to working in the military in areas I like, such as fitness and discipline.”

When he finishes his studies at Telford College, Taylor says he is signing up to join the army as a vehicle mechanic, where he’ll be maintaining a portion of the force’s vast fleet of vehicles like tanks, HGVs and Land Rovers.

Carl Hickman, public uniform services lecturer at Telford College, said: “The compulsory drill unit of the programme helps gives students basic drill experience for a career in the forces, as well as improving their teamwork and discipline.”

“We’re really lucky to have two cadets in our ranks who can lead parades and assist drill lessons, whilst developing their own leadership skills in the process.”

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