Military Academy students at Duchy College are benefiting from a brand new onsite training facility.
The Training Wing was formed by the students and lecturers themselves and provides them with their own bespoke space including a parade ground, and storage and teaching areas. It also has a dedicated operations room for control of events and exercises.
Level 3 Military Academy student, Ben Jones, said the facility “opens up so many more opportunities for us”.
“It allows us to do more training exercises on site without having to travel to other military bases. I really enjoyed working as part of the team and taking responsibility of creating this base,” Ben continued.
“I would definitely recommend the Military Academy to others. Previously I was going through the selection process for the Army, but I wasn’t ready. I came to a taster day at Duchy College and realised this is what I needed to do to get myself fit and at the stage required for selection.”
Ben did his Level 2 last year before progressing onto Level 3.
“I’m hoping to pass with a good grade and go through selection but I will miss it here. It’s been a brilliant experience,” he added.
Ben had recommended the course to fellow Level 3 Military Academy student, Owen Martin.
“I am really enjoying the course.” Owen said.
“We used this new facility as a base for our final training exercise and it felt completely realistic. The operation room is a replica of how any op room would be out on operation, and we have several communication systems including PRR’s (Personal Role Radio) and walkie talkies.”
“We have a model in base representing the area from the College to Kit Hill which we will be using to plan exercises.”
Lecturer for Military Academy at Duchy, Jon Stone, said “we are really proud of the efforts the students put in alongside ourselves to create the Training Wing.”
“We have created a realistic training environment, similar to a Patrol Base. The students are now taking on extra roles and responsibilities of what they would do in the forces for example kit maintenance,” Jon continued.
“We have more flexibility and versatility with our training exercises which will add an enormous amount of value to the experience our students get.”