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Basic Training
The gruelling one hundred day training program that all cherubs must undergo before they are allowed to go on undercover missions.
Extreme mental and physical toughness is required. The principle behind the training program is that once you’ve been through it, you won’t be scared of anything else.

Black Shirt
Term for a CHERUB agent who is entitled to wear the black T-shirt. This is awarded for outstanding performance over a number of missions.

Blue Shirt
Term for a newly recruited CHERUB agent who is about to enter training, or one who is in training.

Body Armour
Body armour poses a dilemma for every CHERUB agent.
On one hand, it provides vital protection that could potentially save an agents life.
On the other, most body armour is bulky, it restricts movement and it is highly suspicious for a young agent to wear it in most undercover situations.
The ideal solution is is the latest generation of lightweight body armour which is reinforced with a carbon nanotube based weave.
Unfortunately this armour is currently at the experimental stage and each piece must be custom made. Due to it's huge expense ultra lightweight armour is only issued to CHERUB agents under the most dangerous circumstances.

Bugs/Listening Devices
Concealed listening devices, commonly known as bugs, are often installed by CHERUB agents.
Although many criminal gangs and terrorist groups routinely do a sweep to try and detect bugs, modern devices contain memory chips and transmit bursts of digital data that only last a fraction of a second, making them virtually undetectable by sweeping devices.

The name usually given to the collection of buildings that forms CHERUB headquarters.
The land on which campus sits was originally a small village surrounded by farmland. In 1940 the British government cleared the area to use the land as an testing range for artillery shells. Later in the war it was used as a training ground for American paratroops.
In early 1940, Charles Henderson began training five boys and one girl in a disused school at the eastern end of the present day campus. Over the following decades, the entire area was enclosed, and grew steadily to become today's sprawling Campus.
The campus is marked on all British maps as an army firing range. Surrounding roads are routed so that there is only one road in and out. The perimeter fences cannot be seen from nearby roads. Helicopters are banned from the area and aeroplanes must stay above ten thousand metres.
Anyone breaching the CHERUB perimeter could face life imprisonment under the State Secrets Act.

Early in 1941 Charles Henderson's first group of young agents completed a parachute training course, along with several groups of soldiers.
While the soldiers received parachute wing insignia, Henderson's team of teenagers did not receive any kind of badge.
Henderson decided to have a new insignia designed for his young trainees and asked the artistically gifted 12-year-old agent Paul Clarke to design a logo.
The current logo has changed very little from the 1941 original.
Paul Clarke's original drawing of the logo is now displayed in the waiting area outside the Chairman's office on CHERUB campus.

The most senior post within CHERUB.
The job is a highly unusual, combining the roles of a school head, spymaster and government bureaucrat.
The post of Chairman/Chairwoman has been held by seven people since the organisation was founded in 1946.

Officially, all CHERUB pupils are referred to as CHERUB Agents, even if they are not yet qualified for missions. Unofficially, most people on campus call them cherubs.

Class A Drugs
In Great Britain, illegal drugs are split into three categories, known as Class A, B or C, with Class A being the most dangerous.
Class A Drugs
These include cocaine, heroin, methadone, ecstacy and LSD.
Anyone caught dealing in Class A drugs faces a life prison sentence.
Class B Drugs
Include most amphetamines (Speed), magic mushrooms and cannabis.
A convicted dealer in Class B drugs could be sentenced to as much as 14 years in prison.
Class C Drugs
Include steroids (Used by bodybuilders), sleeping pills such as valium.
Dealers in Class C drugs face up to five years in prison.

Combat Training
Competitions on CHERUB campus are fought under strict Karate rules, but the techniques agents learn for use in the field come from many martial arts disciplines, including judo, kung fu and Thai kick boxing.
Emphasis is placed on developing powerful punches and kicks, especially targeting the weak spots of larger opponents including eyes, fingers and testicles. Most responsible martial arts schools refrain from teaching younger students these techniques because they may be used inappropriately. However, cherubs are frequently placed in dangerous situations and it is vital that they have the most powerful martial arts techniques at their disposal.
Any CHERUB agent who abuses their lethal martial arts skills and hurts someone can expect to be severely punished or even expelled from the organisation.

Computer Hacking
These days most people, including criminals, store a lot of personal data on their computers. CHERUB agents are often required to get hold of this information. If the information is hidden, password protected of encrypted, this may require a high degree of skill.
A computer hacking module has been included in the CHERUB basic training program since the late 1980s. All agents are taught hacking skills, enabling them to bypass simple passwords and find hidden or deleted data. More secure data, such as encrypted data, can usually be copied onto a portable hard disc drive or memory key and passed on to MI5, where specialists have a strong record of decoding even the most strongly encrypted information.

Customs And Excise
Customs agents work independently from the police and have similar powers of search and arrest. They have worked alongside CHERUB agents on a range of missions, mostly connected with smuggling drugs.

Deaths And Injuries
While the ethics committee exists to ensure that no cherub is placed in excessive danger, some risk is inherent in the nature of every undercover mission.
Four cherubs have died on missions. Jason Lennox and Johan Urminski in 1954, Katherine Field in 1967 and Thomas Webb in 1982. The fact that there have been no deaths for over twenty years reflects the close scrutiny the ethics committee now puts every CHERUB mission under before it is approved.
There have been a few serious injuries to CHERUB agents over the sixty years the organisation has been in existence. However, injuries are more common on training exercises on campus than on undercover missions themselves.

Digital Camera
A small digital camera is an essential tool in the CHERUB arsenal.
Although cameras built into phones and other devices can produce reasonable pictures, stand alone cameras are faster and produce better pictures, particularly where it is necessary to take pictures in low light without the use of a flash.
Agents are trained in the best use of these devices, particularly with regard to getting good quality photographs of documents.

As part of the Intelligence Service, CHERUB is exempt from equality and disability laws. However, its policy is to voluntarily comply with all relevant legislation.
All areas of campus are disabled accessible.
Recruits with physical disabilities undergo recruitment tests and basic training customized to their abilities.
Handicapped agents have achieved exceptional results in more than a dozen operations, frequently because people naively underestimate their capabilities and believe that handicapped kids are harmless or unintelligent.

Japanese word for a martial arts training hall.
The CHERUB dojo was completed in 2002 and was built using traditional Japanese materials and construction techniques.

All CHERUB agents are taught to drive. It is essential to be able to escape in a motor vehicle in a life threatening situation. There are three CHERUB driving courses:
This short course is usually taught a few days after basic training, before a newly qualified cherub is sent on his/her first mission. It deals with basic car control. The standard of proficiency is broadly in line with the adult driving test, although there is less emphasis on parking manoeuvres and more on high speed and night driving. With smaller agents, it is sometimes necessary to delay the course until they are big enough to drive a car safely.
This two week intensive course is designed to make agents into confident drivers. Each agent will spend fifty hours behind the wheel, along with ten hours of classroom based tuition.
A place on the advanced driving course is much sought after by CHERUB agents, but slots are reserved only for those agents about to embark on a mission where driving is essential rather than a tool for escaping in an emergency. Skills taught are similar to what you would find on a police driving course. They include controlled skidding, handbrake turns and high speed pursuit driving and navigation skills.
Normal Driving Test
CHERUB agents are allowed to take a regular driving test once they turn 17. After this, agents are allowed to use the pool cars on campus for personal trips, but in return for this privleage they are expected to drive younger agents when they need to go somewhere.

While lessons are many cherub’s least favourite aspect of life on campus, the staff take pride in the fact that every pupil receives an education worthy of a top fee-paying school, despite the frequent interruptions caused by missions.
Every cherub is given a personal curriculum and pupils work in small groups that are based on ability rather than age. After a long mission, cherubs are usually assigned a personal tutor who helps them to catch up on missed work.
GCSE and A-level exams are taken whenever pupils are deemed able, irrespective of age. Most cherubs leave with four or more A-levels and over ninety per-cent go on to university.

Electric Carts
There are more than 30 electric carts on CHERUB campus . They typically last for 10-15 years, with two or three replacement vehicles purchased every year.
Most are used by teaching or training staff moving between buildings. Flat-bed carts are used by gardening and security staff.
CHERUB agents are expected to walk or run between lessons on campus. They are only allowed to use carts on rare occasions, such as when they are injured or have to move belongings from the junior block to the main building after passing basic training.
Many agents ride the carts when they think no staff are around, but they can expect punishment laps or extra training if they get caught.

The CHERUB basic training manual describes escape readiness as, ‘An essential state of mind for any agent working undercover.’
In a risky situation, a cherub should always know exactly what to do or say if they are caught doing something that they shouldnt be. The best means of escape may be physical, such as running down an alleyway, or knowing a good hiding place, or having a mental excuse, such as pretending to be a drunken vandal when caught, or having a computer game running when you are hacking someone’s computer.

Ethics Committee
Every CHERUB mission must be approved by the ethics committee. There are five committee members, none of whom had any links with CHERUB before they took up their posts.
Three members review each mission. Any mission that they deem dangerous, too complicated, of limited value, or capable of being performed by an adult will be rejected.
The committee also lays down guidelines for agents behaviour. They allow agents to quit a mission at any point without being punished.

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They also set rules on the levels of permitted criminal behaviour and what to do with the proceeds of crime. There may also be specific rules set for individual missions.

All CHERUB agents are expected to stay in top shape. There are two particular targets behind CHERUB fitness training:
(1) The ability to run a long distance at speed, which could be essential where it is necessarily to escape a dangerous situation.
(2) Strength. Basic resistance training with body mass (e.g. push-ups) and weights can quickly double a person’s strength. While a twelve year old boy will typically possess less than a third of the strength that he will as an adult, two months strength training will quickly raise this to two thirds. Combined with skilled application of martial arts techniques, most CHERUB agents have the strength and ability to fend off a fully grown adult assailant.
All cherubs undergo quarterly medicals, where they are given dietary advice and a set of training targets. They are allowed to pick from a range of fitness programs. Football and rugby squads are popular, but some prefer more solitary activities such as running or working out in the gym.
Any agent who misses their fitness target without an excuse (such as a long mission or an injury), will be assigned to a tough fitness program under the direct supervision of a CHERUB training instructor. This compulsory training is unpleasant and very few agents allow their fitness level drop below an acceptable level more than once.

GPS (Global Positioning System)
A GPS is a small handheld unit that enables an agent to pinpoint their location anywhere on earth.
All CHERUB agents are trained in their use, and are issued with GPS equipped smartphones loaded with global maps.

Grey Shirt
Name given to a newly qualified CHERUB agent who has not yet put in an outstanding performance on a mission.

Every CHERUB agent is assigned to an adult handler.
Handlers help to develop the individual curriculum that each pupil on campus follows. They liase with the Mission Controllers, helping to make decisions about what agents are suitable for particular operations.
Most importantly, a CHERUB handler takes on the role of a surrogate parent, dealing with the disciplinary and emotional needs of the cherubs.
The handler is also responsible for setting up an agent's post CHERUB identity.
All handlers also have a teaching or coaching role on campus.

Henderson, Charles
The founder of CHERUB, born in 1907. Henderson joined British Naval Intelligence in 1934 and worked undercover in France throughout World War Two.
His early experience in occupied France convinced Henderson of the value of children as intelligence agents.
When he returned to Britain Henderson had a tough job convincing his superiors, but was eventually allowed to set up an experimental unit
The until's official title was Espionage Research Unit B, but his agents were more commonly known as Henderson's Boys.
Unfortunately, Charles Henderson did not live to see the CHERUB organisation thrive. He was murdered by his wife Joan in 1946.

Henderson's Boys
A unit formed mainly of French boys led by Naval Captain Charles Henderson. Its official title was Espionage Research Unit B.
They worked undercover in in Nazi occupied France from the invasion in June 1940 until the liberation of Paris in August 1944.
Despite the name, at least one of Henderson's 'boys' is thought to have been female.
This unit was the direct precursor of CHERUB.

Located on an island in the Mediterranean, every cherub who is not away on a mission gets an opportunity to spend five weeks at the CHERUB hostel during the summer months.
Activities include tennis, quad biking, snorkelling, jet skiing and a range of beach sports as well as more laid back pursuits such as art lessons and sunbathing.
Unlike CHERUB campus, the hostel is not a secure facility and uniform is never worn.

CHERUB agents can be sent anywhere in the world at short notice. As a result, all agents must have up to date inoculations for all the major tropical diseases.

Intelligence Minister
Along with the Prime Minister, the intelligence minister is the only member of the British government who is made aware of the existence of CHERUB.

International Operations
When operating in on British soil, CHERUB has the power to overrule police and other authorities.
When working overseas things become more complicated and CHERUB has to take care that it’s agents do not end up serving time in a foreign prison for breaking local laws.
In some friendly countries, such as the United States and Australia, intelligence agencies have informal agreements that enable agents to work undercover, subject to approval from local intelligence agencies such as ASIS (Australia) or the FBI (USA).

Junior Block
The building on CHERUB campus where children under the age of ten live. Kids in the junior block are too young to be sent on missions. They wear red t-shirts and trainers rather than boots. Many of them prefer to share bedrooms with siblings or friends, although they can have their own rooms if they want to.

All cherubs are taught two foreign languages from the day they arrive on campus.
The languages chosen for each agent depend upon their ethnicity.
For example, a fair skinned, fair haired trainee is likely to be taught a language such as Russian, while an agent of asian ethnicity might have to learn Urdu.
All CHERUB agents learn one language that uses a non-roman alphabet.
Children under the age of twelve have a remarkable language instinct and can usually become fluent in language within two years.
Cherubs who are recruited at age seven or eight are often fluent in three or more languages by the time they are old enough to qualify as agents.

Lock Gun
A mechanical device that looks like a small cordless drill. It is used for picking locks.
A lock gun is a difficult tool to master, but in the right hands even complex deadlocks with six or more levers inside can be picked.

Main Building
The largest building on CHERUB campus. It’s nine floors contain administrative offices, accommodation for agents and staff and a large dining area and kitchen.

Max Weaver Trust Fund

Max Weaver was one of the first CHERUB agents. He made a fortune building office blocks in London and New York. When he died in 1977, aged just forty-one, without a wife or children, Max Weaver left his fortune for the benefit of the children at CHERUB.
The Max Weaver Trust Fund has paid for many of the buildings on CHERUB campus. These include the indoor athletics facilities and library. The trust fund now holds assets worth over £1 billion.
It also helps support cherubs after they retire, paying university fees, helping them to set up their own businesses and providing deposits to help with the purchase of their first homes.
Although CHERUB is reasonably well funded by central government, the facilities on campus would undoubtedly be a lot less luxurious without the fund left to CHERUB by Max Weaver.

MI5 (Military Intelligence 5)
The adult branch of British Intelligence, which frequently works alongside CHERUB agents and Mission Controllers.

Mission Briefing
A short document that outlines a mission to a CHERUB agent. Once they have accepted the mission, the cherub will be expected to read and understand several hundred pages of detailed mission preparation documents.

Mission Controller
Mission controllers are the adults responsible for devising and running CHERUB operations. They always work in the field alongside their agents.
Usually, ex-CHERUB agents are recruited as Assistant Mission Controllers when they are in their mid to late twenties, after university and a few years working outside of the organisation.

Mission Preparation
Mission preparation is the entire process of creating and running a mission, primarily carried out by Mission controllers and a few of the most senior CHERUB agents.
A new building, dedicated to mission preparation opened on CHERUB campus in 2005.
Unfortunately its high tech design has been plagued with difficulties, including a leaky roof and faulty security systems.

Mobile Phone
Modern smartphones with features such as GPS mapping and cameras are a vital tool for CHERUB agents.
CHERUB agents use specially modified handsets that can hunt for a signal on several mobile networks and bands. This gives them a much greater chance of making a call in out of the way areas.
Other modifications to CHERUB handsets include high power settings that enable them to work well beyond the range of normal phones in an emergency, and firmware modfications allowing hidden address books and multiple identities, accessed by entering a numeric code.
Applications allowing the monitoring of listening devices are also commonly used.
Modern criminals and terrorists often buy cheap pay-as-you-go mobile telephones and use them for a few weeks. By the time the police or intelligence service are able to put a trace on the telephone, the criminals have usually switched to another cheap handset.

Navy Shirt
A qualified CHERUB agent who has been awarded the Navy T-shirt for outstanding performance on an undercover mission.

Orange Shirt
Name given to a guest at CHERUB campus on account of the high visibility orange t-shirt they are required to wear. This shirt is designed to warn people that they are in the presence of someone who might not have full security clearance and may not be aware of what CHERUB does.
A CHERUB agent who talks to an orange shirt without authorisation from the Chairman can expect to be severely punished.

Red shirts (children who live on campus but are too young to qualify as agents) are allowed to keep small pets such as rabbits or hamsters. Older agents are not allowed, because they would not be able to look after the animals when they are away on missions.

CHERUB agents need to meet strict criteria for physical fitness and intelligence. They are usually orphans who do not have surviving aunts, uncles or grandparents (Exceptions can be made where a surviving relative is serving a long prison sentence, mentally incapable or barred from contacting their children by legal mechanism such as a restraining order).
Finding children who meet all these criteria, while simultaneously not advertising the fact that you are looking for them, has been a problem throughout the history of CHERUB.
The organisation has a long standing aim to increase the number of CHERUB agents from the present level of 280 to around 400.
At the end of 2008 a new measure was introduced to help with the recruitment problem. For the first time, the children of retired agents who are single parents, or who are married to another retired CHERUB, can be admitted as agents if their parents allow it.

Recruitment Age
CHERUB agents are usually recruited between the ages of six and twelve years old. Occasional exceptions to this rule are made, usually where a prospective recruit has a younger sibling aged four or five.

Recruitment Mission
A mission undertaken by a CHERUB agent for the specific purpose of recruiting another agent. A single agent is typically sent to live in a children’s home for 4-6 weeks. Their job is to evaluate all the other children in the home, in the hope of finding suitable candidate for CHERUB.
These missions are essential, but they do not have the prestige of more glamorous missions that involve serious crime or terrorism.
Often, a recruitment mission will be given to a cherub who has misbehaved on campus, or performed badly on another mission.

Recruitment Tests
Recruitment tests are carried out when a prospective agent first arrives on CHERUB campus.
All potential CHERUB agents are rigorously vetted. Only candidates with a high probability of qualification will be brought to CHERUB campus under sedation.
There are two categories of tests when potential recruits arrive on campus:

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(1) For recruits aged under 10.
Potential red shirts undergo a detailed medical examination which typically lasts around three hours.
Strength, endurance, coordination, speed and eyesight are among the systems tested.
After the physical tests, recruits aged 8 or older are usually asked to sit a written exam. The intelligence of younger recruits is gauged through informal observation and play.
(2) Recruits aged 10-12 years
Recruits aged 10+ are expected to enter basic training within a few months of arriving on campus. After a medical examination they undergo a day long series series of challenges designed to test mind and body to the absolute limit.
Any kid who breaks down during this testing is highly unlikely to be able to last 100 days of basic training.
Recruitment tests are designed to explore a candidate's known strengths and weakness.
For example, a candidate who is scared of heights may be asked to jump from the highest point of the obstacle course.

Red Shirts
Children who live on CHERUB campus but are too young to enter basic training and qualify as agents.

Refuse Or Quit Rule
This rule was created by the CHERUB ethics committee. It gives every CHERUB agent the absolute right to refuse to go on a mission, or to quit a mission at any point without fear of punishment.
The ethics committee introduced this rule in 1957. The committee felt it was essential to stress that no CHERUB agent is ever forced to go on a mission or put themselves in a dangerous situation against their own will.
In practice, the rule is rarely invoked. CHERUB agents usually compete for positions on the most dangerous and exciting missions.

Retirement Age
Most CHERUB agents retire at age seventeen or eighteen. Some who grow up quickly and look older than their years may retire earlier. A few, who have been assigned to an unexpectedly lengthy mission, have served until they are nineteen or twenty years of age.
Retired CHERUB agents are strongly discouraged from entering the intelligence service or police force, as there is a chance that these jobs may bring them into contact with criminals they came into contact with when working undercover for CHERUB.

Reunions of retired CHERUB agents are held on campus every three years. Occasionally there is an extra reunion, such as the one celebrating CHERUBs fiftieth anniversary held in 1996.
Retired agents return to campus to meet old friends and relive old missions. Because the organisation is so secret, retired agents are not allowed to bring their partners or children to the gatherings.

Security Check
A type of mission where a CHERUB agent tries to breach the security of a government installation, such as an airport, or a building that is a likely terrorist target. CHERUB agents are usually required to either break into a building, or smuggle an article such as a gun or explosives through a security checkpoint. Children are useful on these missions because security staff tend not to suspect them.
Security checks are rarely dangerous, apart from the occasional dog bite or sprained limb. These missions are often given to newly qualified agents before they are allowed to go on more dangerous or complicated missions.

SIS (Secret Intelligence Service)
Formally known as MI6, the Secret Intelligence service is the branch of British intelligence which focuses on overseas threats.
Due to the global nature of many modern threats, SIS works very closely with the police special branch and the internal security service MI5.

Special Branch
A branch of the British police force that specialises in undercover operations, sometimes in conjunction with CHERUB. There is considerable overlap between the roles of Special Branch and MI5 and this often causes friction.

Special Forces
Special forces consist of highly trained military commando units such as the Special Air Service (SAS).
CHERUB agents have worked alongside these soldiers on a small number of missions.

Surveillance Devices
As well as bugs (See separate entry HERE) CHERUB agents are trained in the use of a variety of other surveillance devices.
Telephone taps
These are still used occasionally, but modern criminals tend to assume that their phones are tapped and use mobile phones rather than land lines.
Miniature Video Cameras
A new generation of tiny, high-resolution, devices have made it almost as easy to plant a hidden video camera as a listening device. However, although video cameras provide better evidence than listening devices, they do still have serious disadvantages. They need to be placed carefully, so that they can film what is going on while not being seen and they use more radio bandwidth than listening devices, making their transmissions much easier to detect.
Spyware is computer software that tracks what a person is doing on their computer. Some spyware works by recording every key stroke (Ideal for getting passwords), other systems save a picture of what the computer screen is displaying regular intervals, or make copies of every file that is opened. The spyware data can be retrieved manually, or the spy program can be set up to send data over the internet every time the suspect goes online.

At it’s inception, CHERUB was grossly under funded and older pupils were asked to help teach the younger ones as a matter of necessity.
As CHERUB grew, it has kept up the tradition of older pupils teaching their juniors, under close supervision of adult teachers. The teaching experience is regarded as beneficial to all concerned. The young teachers develop a sense of responsibility and form bonds with the younger children on campus. The young pupils seem to enjoy learn new skills from their older peers.

CHERUB training begins the day an agent arrives on campus. Seven or eight years old is regarded as the best age to recruit a potential agent.
A cherub recruited at this age will immediatly begin combat training and start learning two foreign languages. They will usually be fluent in both by the time they start basic training at age ten.
After an agent passes basic training, they will continue to learn new skills almost until they are old enough to retire from CHERUB at seventeen or eighteen.

The standard unisex CHERUB uniform consists of lightweight waterproof boots, olive trousers with zip up pockets and a coloured T-shirt that depends upon your status. Optional items include olive shorts, sweatshirts and waterproof jackets.
The coloured T-shirt is the only item that has the CHERUB logo on it. Agents are not allowed to wear them off campus.

Cherubs work undercover posing as normal children and therefore rarely use weapons such as knives or guns. However, they frequently go on missions where the people they investigate are armed and dangerous. All CHERUB agents are trained to disarm people and are taught how to use and disable the most common types of firearms.
Where a cherub is put in a situation where they are at high risk of being assaulted, they are occasionally issued with a non-lethal weapon, such as pepper spray or an electric stun gun (Taser). Agents are only allowed to use them in a critical situation where their life is in danger.
The use of such a weapon is likely to be regarded as highly suspicious behaviour for a child and the undercover mission will likely be terminated.

White Shirt
A retired CHERUB agent wears the white
T-shirt on campus, as do many of the staff.

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