480 Squadron News

Cadet Rifle Training Weekend

Air Cadets from the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing recently spent a weekend at DTE Nesscliff in Shropshire improving their rifle handling and marksmanship skills.

Included in the group were Staff and Cadets from 480 (Studley) Squadron. As well as being trained on the L98A1, the Cadet version of the British Forces L85 rifle, Cadets Allum, Bennett, Caffrey, James, Orme, Allely, Deeley and Edwards and Civilian Instructor Mike Long also had the opportunity to participate in Clay Target shooting and received marksmanship training on a computer controlled range simulator called a DCCT.

Many of the Studley Cadets on the course joined the Air Training Corps, a national voluntary youth organisation, within the last year and, having completed their initial training, were keen to develop their skills.

The Cadets arrived on the Friday evening and began their training with a safety briefing and DVD. Having completed the necessary administration, the Cadets had the opportunity to relax in the Junior Ranks Canteen before bedding down.

Following an early breakfast training began in earnest. All rifle training and live firing within the Air Training Corps is conducted by qualified Instructors that have completed courses run by the Air Cadet Regional Small Arms Training Teams. The standards are extremely high, with each Cadet and member of Staff having to pass a 10 - 15 minute test proving they can safely handle, operate and maintain the rifle. At the end of the training day, there was the opportunity to again socialise and watch a few DVDs in the Canteen.

Sunday was a busy day as the Cadets rotated around three activities, including the Clay Target range and DCCT. Adult Staff also participated in a workshop to bring them up to speed on the developments within Air Cadet shooting, including the introduction of the new Cadet rifle, the L98A2.

The weekend was a huge success. Cadet Bennett commented "it has been an exciting weekend and I have learnt lots of new skills. The atmosphere on the course has been brilliant and everyone has really helped and supported each other". CI Long said "Having been a Cadet myself I am keen to give something back to the Organisation. The staff workshop has helped me to plan which training courses to attend".

The Senior Instructor on the course, Squadron Leader Douglas Martin said "All the Cadets worked very hard and they impressed me with their enthusiasm and willingness to learn".

Studley Squadron parades every Monday and Thursday from 7.15pm to 9.30pm. We are open to new recruits from the age of 13 to 17. If you require further information about joining the Squadron, please contact us on 01527 850 393.

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