SEVENTY-FIVE weary army cadets lumbered off the bus at Youngtown yesterday after more than a week of mud, sweat and tears.
The Alpha Company Australian Army Cadets spent eight days at Buckland Military Training Camp in Orford with other cadets from around the state as part of an annual training exercise.
Major David Hill said the camp was run by cadets for cadets with ages ranging from 12 to 20.
``It provides youth development in a military-like environment,'' Major Hill said.
Cadets spent each night under a hoochie - a shelter made from a tarp - and spent their days learning gun safety, abseiling and participating in training exercises.
Rebecca Muir, 19, was battalion commander for the camp.
The state's most senior cadet said yesterday marked the end of a long week.
Miss Muir's role involved running and organising activities for cadets.
``There was a quite realistic first-aid scenario,'' she said.
Cadets scoured the wreckage of a plane crash for survivors and set up a triage.
``It all ran very smoothly,'' she said.