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A link to news of the January opening of Birmingham’s new Military Preparation College (MPCT) on the campus of Balaam Wood Academy, Northfield, was sent by a local reader.

MCPT is a specialist college for 16-18 year olds interested in pursuing a career in the armed forces. 15 students have enrolled on the 20 week programme, after which they can apply to the armed forces or progress into further education, training or employment.

Local VIPs, armed forces personnel and other guests were presented with energetic demonstrations of drill marching, public speaking, physical training and a team log race. In March, Tristram Hunt MP visited the college and saw MPCT learners demonstrating the type of active learning that they undergo day-to-day, including communication, teambuilding and leadership tasks.

No reference was made to their ‘end function’ or the real meaning of warfare

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