Attn: All Cadets
We take your safety seriously and would like to make sure you understand what that means.
Yesterday we had a couple of cadets that were sick/fainted from standing too long at closing parade. The cadets are fine. Our uniformed staff are trained in First Aid and have dealt with similar situations in the past.
I would like to make sure we lessen the risk of this occurring in the future, note it isn't possible to eliminate this from happening but keeping you informed will help limit the risk.
The reason this happens to units conducting drill:
People faint for a variety of reasons. Standing, particularly when associated with heat or lack of food or water are common reasons...“The low rate of blood return to the heart in these situations results in hypo-perfusion of the brain and at times the fainting spell. Standing at attention, or with one’s knees locked, may amplify the process.”*
Please see below with regards to how to conduct drill in a manner that lessens the risk of you fainting or getting sick:
One of the methods of counteracting the above is to slightly wiggle your toes or to gently bend your knees while doing drill, this will stimulate the blood return to the heart and improving circulation to the brain.
Next week our Senior Cadets will be demonstrating to all cadets how to properly and safely fall out of parade if you are feeling nauseous or light headed.
Additional information can be found at the following *source
Looking forward to a great year!
-Maj Alle MW