The Cadet Inter-Services Skill at Arms Meeting (CISSAM) is held at Pirbright Ranges each year and 1220 Squadron was selected to attend for the third year running. To be eligible to attend, the cadets practise firing the cadet service rifle at long ranges in the run up to CISSAM and compete against other air cadet squadrons in the Commandant’s cup. The top 20 teams that enter are selected to attend. The team of 4 from March achieved 3rd place in the Commandant’s cup.
On the weekend of the CISSAM competition, the 20 air cadet teams compete with 20 teams from the Army Cadet Force and 10 from the Sea Cadet Corps. 1220 had a team of four firers, a butts marker and was coached by Flight Sergeant Brian Goodall. The competition has several different shoots to take part in, including a rifle pairs which involves two cadets running to the firing point together before shooting at targets as they appear.
After the team competitions have been completed, the best individuals are selected to represent their corps in the inter-cadet competition. Cadet Flight Sergeant Steven Pugh was chosen to represent the Air Training Corps as he was ranked third in all of the air cadets attending, and eighth overall. He was awarded a Cadet 50 badge for being one of the best 50 cadets in the country and a Corps Blue for being chosen to represent the Air Training Corps.
The air cadets won the inter-cadet competition and Flt Sgt Pugh was awarded a gold medal along with the rest of the team.
The final competition is the falling-plate shoot. Each team runs to their firing point, and then it is a head to head race to shoot down ten plates. The winning team goes through to the next round of the knock out competition until there is a winner. This is the team’s favourite event and again the 1220 team managed to get through to the second round.
Cpl Alex MacRae was the butts marker and he said “I’ve really enjoyed being a part of this competition and helping it run by doing the butts job. I’d really like to take part and will be working on my marksman skills to see if I can get in the team next year.”