OFFICERS & GENTLEMEN

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OFFICERS & GENTLEMEN

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In four parts (double DVD) of this series we follow a group of Officer Cadets from their first day at Dartmouth, every step of the way as they struggle through the biggest challenge of their lives to pass out as officers of the worlds most prestigious Navy. Who will make it through to the end and who will come to realise that they don't have what it takes to be a Naval Officer of the future?

Episode 1 "Militarisation" focuses on the harsh reality of militarization, as the new arrivals have their independence and bad habits of normal life drummed out of them. Many of the cadets come to the college straight from civilian life, from Oxbridge graduates, school leavers, frustrated Civil servants to supermarket check out staff, the initial shock of living as part of a regimented military unit can hit them hard.

Episode 2 "Leadership" concentrates on one of the most difficult physical tests of the whole process, known as ABLE, this is where the officer cadets  in training spend 4 days and nights trekking across Dartmoor, one of the wildest and most harsh environments in the country. Carrying 40lbs on their back they stomp through marshes, across rivers and down valleys.  With barely any sleep and no shelter from the extreme weather conditions the cadets are pushed to their limit.

Episode 3 "Marinisation" sees our cadets venture out into the fleet for the first time and finally get to test whether they are truly up to life at sea. They go through a rigorous process of exposure to freezing waters, rescue techniques, and learn how to survive in extreme weather conditions at sea.

Episode 4 "Maritime Leadership" sees the cadets who have made it this far putting all of their training into practice and tackling their final and toughest challenge by being thrown into situations where they have to think on their feet, role-play in Defence Diplomacy, disaster relief and combat scenarios.  Elaborate staged situations are set up all along the river, refugee rescues, ambushes and night time stealth missions are thrown at the cadets and every decision they make is minutely scrutinised and could mean a pass or fail.