11X Military Skills Competition 2019

29th March 2019
BY Zora Bath, pupil and Head of the Army Section

On the 22nd – 24th March, after a term of extremely intense training, the military skills team from the army section deployed on the 11X Military Skills Competition, an annual competition open to schools and cadet forces across the South East Region.  

Reveille was 0600 on Saturday morning and, after a quick ration pack breakfast, the team camoed up and prepared their battle faces for what was going to be an arduous day. The morning stands consisted of an obstacle course, patrol lane, section attack and a command task. The command task required us to build a bridge using only ropes and planks with a time limit of 20 minutes. Winchester managed to complete the exercise with only a few seconds to spare making us the only team in the whole competition to complete this.  

The afternoon saw us move to the range to conduct the competitive shoot with the SA80 with iron sights up to 300 meters, which became tough as the wind began to pick up throughout the afternoon.  

We were up at the same time on Sunday morning to complete the final and most difficult stands on the competition. First, we were tasked to observe and provide intelligence on an enemy base and, after that, we were briefed up to go on a search and rescue mission, searching for two downed pilots and to attend to their injuries.  

The competition finished with a parade where the results were announced. Winchester placed 4th out of the 17 teams competing - an excellent result. I hope the team can return next year and win the competition!

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