Phase Assessments

Published on 19th April 2017

Phase Assessments

The assessment of GD cadets for their 2016/17 training starts this week.  The schedule below outlines what is required and what happens next.  These details apply only to RM cadets in Phases 1 to 4 and do not apply to the Band or RN cadets.

  • Fri 21 Apr: Cadets will be broken up into three groups, given a verbal briefing and undertake three activities:
    • Drill Assessment.
    • Blues Inspection.
    • Formal Photo.
  • Tue 25 Apr: Cadets will again be put into three groups, given a verbal briefing and undertake three activities:
    • Written Assessment.
    • First Aid Practical.
    • Map & Compass Task.
  • Fri 28 Apr: cadets will again be put into groups, given a verbal briefing and undertake two activities:
    • Observation Stance.
    • Command Task.

Dress for cadets is Blues on Fri 21 Apr and MTP on Tue 25 and Fri 28 Apr.  Cadet who miss their Blues inspection on Fri 21 Apr should bring in their Blues on the next night and staff will do what they can to squeeze the inspection in.  Its important that as many cadets attend as possible to maximise chance for progression and promotion.

Display Team Training

Once the assessments have been marked the results will be posted on the notice board in Alamein Block.  Cadets will then move to Display Team training where they can choose to join:

  • Field Gun.
  • Drill Display Team.
  • General Duties Troop.

The GD Troop is for cadets who do not wish to join a Display Team and will be given a mixed programme of activities in the run-up to Summer Camp.

Progression and Promotion

After the assessments the following will happen depending on cadets’ age, phase and rank:

  • Cadets in Phase 1 aged under 13 on 1 Oct will rejoin Phase 1 in the new training year.
  • Cadets in Phase 1 who will be aged 13 or over on 1 Oct will be promoted to LCpl and move to Phase 2.
  • Cadets in Phase 2 who have the rank of Cadet will move to Phase 3 in the new training year and be promoted to LCpl in May.
  • Cadets in Phase 2 who have the rank of LCpl will move to Phase 3 in the new training year and if they pass their phase assessments will be allowed to attend the forthcoming Junior Command Course in early May to try for promotion to Cpl.  Cadets who fail their assessments or the Command Course will move to Phase 3 but at their current rank.
  • Cadets in Phase 3 who have the rank of LCpl or Cpl will move to Phase 4 in the new training year and, if they pass their phase assessments, be allowed to attend the forthcoming Junior and Senior Command Course in early May to try for promotion to Cpl or Sgt as appropriate .  Those who pass the Senior Command Course and become a Sgt do not join the Cadet Training Team until they complete Phase 4 in Apr 2018.  Those who fail their assessments or fail the Command Course move to Phase 4 but at their current rank.
  • Cadets in Phase 4 who have the rank of Cpl will, if they pass their phase assessments, be allowed to attend the forthcoming Senior Command Course in early May to try for promotion to Sgt and if they pass will join the Cadet Training Team.  If they fail their assessments or the Command Course they remain in Phase 4 next year at their current rank.  Any cadets in Phase 4 who are LCpls can attend the Junior Command Course if they pass their phase assessments to try for promotion to Cpl.

The Junior and Senior Command Courses are being run on 5 to 7 May 2017, details will be published very soon.  Cadets who think they may qualify to attend should keep this weekend free so they can attend.  The new Training Year will start in Sep.

New Cadets

Cadets from R Coy 162 and R Coy 171 will join a Phase for training in Sep 2017.  Cadets aged 12 or under on 1 Oct will join Phase 1; cadets aged 13 or over on 1 Oct will join Phase 2.

Band Cadets

Cadets in the Band will be selected for promotion to LCpl or to attend the Junior or Senior Command Course based on an assessment of their attendance and playing performance over the last 9 months.  Those cadets will be informed soon.

Questions

Cadets with any questions about their progression and promotion chances should consult their Company Commander or ask their parents/guardians to write to the Administration Officer at ports-admin@rmvcc.org.