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PREPARE FOR AN AIRCREW SURVIVAL EXERCISE
This Mother's Day weekend was scheduled to be our Spring Field Training Exercise therefore the theme of this week's challenge/activity will be Aircrew Survival.
This will be multi-challenge split up over many challenges. Cadets are encouraged to attempt the challenge for their Training Level. Cadets may also complete any of the other level challenges.
To verify completion of the following challenge/activities cadets are to take photos of their results.
LEVEL 1 - PACK PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
Challenge/Activity: Cadets are to identify and lay out the following items and pack their personal kit as per 608's kit list.
PACKING PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
SAMPLE KIT LIST
LEVEL 2 - CONSTRUCT A SIGNAL FIRE
Challenge/Activity: Cadets are to construct a Luminous Cone Fire Signal Fire.
Working as a member of a group, the cadets shall gather wood, green boughs (if available), tinder, and kindling to build the luminous cone fire. Each group shall construct a luminous cone fire according to the following steps:
LEVEL 3 - IDENTIFY PARTS OF THE COMPASS
Challenge/Activity: Cadets are to correctly identify the eight (8) parts of the compass in the above photo.
Parts of a Compass
A – Sight. Located at the top of the compass cover. Used to align on an objective when taking a bearing or to observe one along a given bearing.
B – Compass Cover. Protects the compass dial and houses the sighting mirror.
C – Sighting Mirror. Used to see the compass dial while taking a bearing.
D – Sighting Line. Used when aligning an objective or observing along a bearing.
E – Luminous Index Point. At the top of the compass dial and where a bearing is set or read from.
F – Compass Dial. Houses the magnetic needle, the orienting arrow, the meridian lines, the declination scale
(on the inside) and the dial graduations (on the outside).
G – Dial Graduations. The compass dial is graduated in 2-degree divisions from 0 to 360 degrees. The dial is rotated by hand.
H – Orienting Arrow. The black and red orienting arrow is located inside the compass dial and is used to line up with the magnetic needle when taking a bearing on the ground. The orienting arrow is what is adjusted when the magnetic declination is set.
I – Romer 1 : 25 000. Used to measure six-figure grid references (GRs) on maps with a 1 : 25 000 scale.
J – Compass Base Plate. A clear piece of flat plastic to which the cover, dial and lanyard are attached.
K – Declination Scale. Used when adjusting the orienting arrow and while setting the magnetic declination for the map being used. It is graduated in 2-degree divisions.
L – Compass Meridian Lines. Black or red lines inside the compass dial. They are used to line up the compass dial with the grid lines (eastings) on a map.
M – Magnetic Needle. Spins freely and points towards magnetic north. The south end of the compass needle
is black and the north end, with a luminous patch, is red.
N – Luminous Orienting Points. There are two luminous orienting points located on either side of the red end of the orienting arrow.
O – Luminous Index Point. At the bottom of the compass dial; where a back bearing is read from.
P – Romer 1 : 50 000. Used to measure six-figure GRs on maps with a 1 : 50 000 scale.
Q – Safety Cord or Lanyard. Used to fasten the compass to the wrist (never around the neck).
R – Adjustable Wrist Lock. Used to attach the compass to the wrist.
S – Screwdriver. Located at the end of the safety cord and is used to turn the screw to adjust the orienting arrow’s position on the declination scale.
T – Declination Adjusting Screw. Located on the back side of the compass dial and is used to adjust the orienting arrow’s position on the declination scale.
LEVEL 4 - TIE KNOTS AND LASHINGS
Challenge/Activity: Cadets are to tie the following knots and lashings.
LEVEL 5 - CREATE AN AIRCREW SURVIVAL PROPOSAL
Challenge/Activity: Cadets are to come up with five (5) activities that are to take place during an Aircrew Survival Exercise (excluding training classes).
The aim of the CCO is to:
CHOOSING AN ACTIVITY OR ACTIVITIES
#1: Construct a Model Aerodrome
#2: Construct a Model Bivouac Site Layout
#3: Most Improved Polished Boots
#4: Participate in Stretching Exercises
#5: Keep a Weekly Gratitude Journal
#6: Participate in Warm-Up Exercises & Create a Physical Activity Tracker
#7: Create Short-Term & Long Term SMART Goals
ALL CHALLENGES ARE PARTICIPATION BASED AND CADETS WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO SHOWCASE THEIR RESULTS AT THE END OF THE TRAINING YEAR.