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CRC cadets win praise from army chief

One of the Army’s leading officers dropped in to pay a visit to Cambridge Regional College’s student cadets detachment – and praised its work in turning out great citizens and employees.

Brigadier Matthew Low MBE, Director of Personnel Operations, watched as cadet leaders put the students through their paces at the county training headquarters in Waterbeach after visiting CRC to meet principal Anne Constantine.

Patrolling manoeuvres, safe weapon handling, military history and smart parade ground practice were part of the day-long session.

The cadets, part of Cambridgeshire Cadet Force, are all students on the college’s Uniformed Public Services course and were taking part in one of their regular training days when the Brigadier paid his low-key visit.

Brigadier Lowe said he had enjoyed visiting the college and seeing the links with the cadets.

“I think this is terrific because what it does is link the Uniformed Public Services course with future careers in a demonstrable way. It gets people doing practical and vocational things that reflect the learning they do in the classroom and will make them terrific citizens and employees,” he said.

CRC lecturer Peter Hockey, head of the cadet detachment, said the visit had been an inspiration for the cadets.

“It was a great honour to host the visit by the Brigadier and he was impressed by the strong partnerships the college has with the cadet force. Many of our students go on to join the Armed Forces, and the visit was inspiring to all our cadets,” he said.

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