2015 was an incredible year for one of the ‘star’ Royal Marine Cadets at King’s College Taunton, Cadet WO2 Hamish Urquhart. At Easter he attended the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) at Nesscliff training area, a week-long course involving many field craft skills which is run for all of three of the Cadet corps (five, including the CCF and Royal Marines Cadets). Hamish was then selected for the team competing in the Sir Stuart Pringle Trophy Competition, an annual military skills competition between 18 Royal Marine Combined Cadet Force (RM CCF) detachments. The teams are treated as if they were in their 28th week of recruit training, and are assessed across 12 assessed stances, including Battle Exercises, Section Attacks and Battle First Aid. King’s finished in second place, also claiming the Camouflage and Concealment, Drill and Endurance Course trophies along the way. November saw the appointment of Hamish as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet – continuing a long and largely unbroken line of King’s success in this important post. Candidates are chosen on their merits within their respective Cadet forces, but also for their dedication and work within the local community. The accolade recognises and honours true commitment and dedication to the county’s Reserve and Cadet Force. The Lord Lieutenant, Anne Maw, presented Hamish with his award during a ceremony at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells. When the section appointments were being decided at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term, there was one clear and obvious choice for the position of Section Sergeant Major: Hamish. In this role he oversees the upper sixth form training team and liaises with the staff officers on training and development matters. Hamish said: ‘2015 was an amazing year for me in the cadets. I have achieved things I never expected when I first joined. It has been both demanding and fun, but most of all I have learned priceless skills which I will take out into life, especially teamwork, leadership, communication and the self-confidence to stand up in public.’
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