Fieldcraft is, to put it simply, the art of living and moving in the field. Although the Air Cadets is generally focused on different activities, fieldcraft does play a important part in 1070(Diss) Squadron's training programme, and is one of the most popular activities that we do!
We run both day long and weekend courses with training provided for all abilities. After training in topics such as camaflauge and concealment; bivi building, movement and hand signals (to name just a few!) we then carry our various 'exercises' to make sure you can put each lesson into practice.
Exercises vary and each places emphasis on different aspects of fieldcraft. Some might need you and your team to move slowly and quietly, sneaking upon an 'enemy' installation, perhaps. Others need speed as well as stealth, and you will have to decide how much of one to trade off against another. An acknowledged advantage of fieldcraft exercises is that it forces people to use their initiative much more often. You could find yourself in a decision-making position as a relatively junior member of the squadron.
Fieldcraft is often used as a method of assessing cadets' leadership qualities - what would happen, for instance if the first and second in commands) of your team went down? Would you take control? Do you have the skills and abilities?