CCF Adapts to the challenges of Lockdown

The High School of Dundee’s CCF (Combined Cadet Force) is once again adapting to the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

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In September, the CCF were determined to continue their training and, following the necessary risk assessments, were able to play their part in a national directive named ‘Operation Regenerate’ and resume their Friday lessons socially distanced and masked up.

Determined not to let the start of the January lockdown stop them in their tracks, the group is again showing its flexibility by switching its training online.

The contingent has been reconstituted into two distinct platoons, named after Black Watch* battle honours: 1 Platoon (Tobruk-The Desert Rats) commanded by Captain Graham Roger, and 2 Platoon (The Chindits) commanded by Captain Neil Higgins.

Each platoon now meets weekly on Teams to engage in training, with the sessions so far having covered Strategic Planning in a disaster relief situation, and the effective, secure and safe use of radio communications.

With many more areas of expertise to be explored and developed in the coming weeks, Contingent Commander Colin McAdam is delighted that the Group has been able to find a way to keep meeting.

He said, “The need to be flexible and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances are qualities we always stress as important to our cadets.

“Moving the training on to Teams at short notice has certainly tested this, however it’s very pleasing to know that our cadets can continue building their skills during lockdown.”

*The School’s CCF is affiliated to the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.