Fieldcraft and Military Skills Training (FMST) is one of the key activities in the Air Cadets. Many new cadets are surprised to find that yes, we do everything the Army Cadet Force do (and more—the flying and gliding!!)

Basic training will cover Camouflage and Concealment, Tactical Movement in daytime and nightime, Basha or Shelter Construction, Signals, Radio and Communications in the Field, Field Cooking, Patrol Harbours and Sentries, Ambushes, Observation Posts, Harbour clearances, Counter-ambush drills and Section Attacks.

Camouflage and Concealment
This consists of destroying the contrasts of shape, silhouette, surface and to some extent shadow, so that the individual is less conspicuous on the exercise. If in a section then spacing is also important, as is movement.
The aim of concealment is to make the best use of cover from view, without sacrificing the minimum required fields of view. 'To see without being seen'.

Night Activity
Cadets are taught the fundamentals of night discipline in a deployed location, given a practical night demonstration and practice safe night procedures. This includes night vision and awareness and tactical movement.

Cadets learn the basic health and hygiene principles to be adopted in the field, so that they can remain fit to carry out their primary duty and be an effective member of a team.

Field cooking
High standards of personal hygiene, coupled with good food hygiene, and the provision of safe drinking water will enhance health in peace and especially in war.
Cadets learn the safe handling of Compo Ration Packs (24hrs only) and cooking with a hexamine stove. Methods of practical cooking in a tactical situation and surroundings, in extreme weather conditions and the care of stove, mess tins, KFS and mug are all part of the basic training.
Clothing System
Clothing and equipment for field training is varied and can be a personal choice. The basic military formats (CEMO—Combat Equipment Marching Order - Under the old 58 pattern webbing equipment this would have been the soldiers full individual kit that he would have carried into battle, CEFO—the lightest possible kit for 'fighting' actually engaging in combat and required the ability to carry reserve ammo, rations, water, medical/personal hygiene kit, LFO—Light Fighting Order, Patrol Order, etc) are all taught in detail.
PLCE webbing (see diagram below) and Soldier 95 clothing is the general order of the day. (Note Respirator Haversack and Bayonet Frog are not for cadet use).

Cadets on S3 (Hankley Common) Training Area

Cadets construct a basic basha

Cadets stay in some of the best hotels