Over the last few years Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron have competed at a national level in various forms of target shooting. This all starts with initial training and cadets have to complete full training on the rifle and then pass a weapon handling test before they are able to go to the range.

FS (ATC) Goodall and 1220 cadets at the weapons training session at 1220 HQ.

FS (ATC) Goodall and 1220 cadets at the weapons training session at 1220 HQ.

The training is completed to a schedule, prescribed under the safe training scheme, by either a Weapons Instructor or a Skill at Arms Instructor (SAAI) holding the new qualification. Newly qualified as a SAAI, Flight Sergeant (ATC) Brian Goodall recently conducted his first training program with 5 cadets and one member of staff from 1220 (March) Squadron.

The training includes safe handling, marksmanship techniques and care of the weapon. It is a challenging schedule which means the students have to be focussed and dedicated to the task in hand. It was good to see that following completion of the training all students passed their test.

That’s not the end, however, merely the start. They will undergo further training and coaching on and off the range, to enable them to work towards marksmanship awards and earn a place in the shooting team to compete in the various competitions open to an Air Cadet. Hopefully they will be part of a winning team in the future.

Corporal Aleks Deaves said “The course was hard and intense, but it was great when I found out that I had passed my test and could take part in the next organised shoot”.

Previously trained cadets Sergeant Scott Goodall and Corporal Alex MacRae have both recently been awarded Region Marksman awards.