84 Sqn ATC Crest

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Creative Camouflage

One Sunday morning in September, Cadets from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron were treated to a creative lesson in Fieldcraft skills...the art of Camouflage and concealment. They were then set the challenge of hiding themselves in the shrubs to see who could apply the techniques the best and avoid being spotted by the watchful eyes of the staff.
Basic Military Skills forms a core part of the cadet syllabus and includes lessons in equipment and clothing, building shelters, judging distances, observation, feeding in the field and much much more. Personal Camouflage and Concealment is another large part of the training and cadets are given instructions and demonstrations of why things might be seen and then taught how to avoid being seen using equipment and application methods to conceal and cover up distinguishing features. During the lesson, Flying Officer Rosie Robinson, Officer Commanding at 84 Squadron, demonstrated a variety of different clothing items that could be worn to disguise body and head shape. The cadets then learnt how to use camouflage cream to mask their skin to avoid shine and shapes being spotted. Part of the lesson also included ideas on how to be creative with camouflage using ordinary day objects to provide cover. For example, using mud or even coffee mixed with a little water to make a paste could be used to create the best cover for skin.
Cadets were given time to apply their chosen disguise before testing how robust it was by crawling under a large camo-net at speed! They were then sent into the hedgerow to blend in as best as possible and remain there until they were spotted by the beady eyes of the staff team. For some, it was an early spot and they were found quickly but others managed to escape the staff entirely until the end of the exercise. Flying Officer Rosie Robinson commented that she “was very impressed with how the cadets applied themselves within the lesson so much so that we started to get a little worried they were too good at hiding from us!”.