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By Cadet Lance Corporal Shelbie Marsland, 3 (Somme) Company, GMACF

Editor’s Note: This year marked the 148th running of the Cadet Imperial Competition. In its current format, it is open to Cadets aged 14 or 15, senior Cadets who may be about to move on to become Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) and CFAVs seeking to improve their own target shooting skills. The event lasts a week, during which competitors fire at 300, 600, 800 and 900 yards using the bolt-action L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle.

Corporal Marsland takes over the story:

Cadet L/Cpl Marsland at Bisley earlier this year.

From the 9th July, I took part in the Cadet Imperial 2017.On arrival, we were allocated our rooms, told the timings for the following day and then left to sort our own kit and to get to know the people we were staying with for the next two weeks. The Cadets around me came from all over the United Kingdom and from the CCF and Air Cadets as well as the Army Cadet Force.

We began our practice shoots on the 10th, as the competitions started on the 14th. The 13th  was set aside as a rest day after two solid days shooting.

From the 14th onwards, we took part in different competitions, shooting at 300, 500 and 600 yards. On the 18th we had the experience of shooting long distance out to 900 yards, a much greater range than most people ever shoot at.

This was the second time I had attended Bisley, but it was  still a whole new experience as the previous time I had fired the L98A2 cadet rifle, whereas this time I was shooting the L81 target rifle. During the course of the week, I learned how to shoot alongside three other people in my lane and to self-coach, trying to judge the wind correctly, adjusting the sights correctly as well as other skills to get the bullet on target.

While doing the Cadet Imperial, I met and made friends with people from different places all over Great Britain. I really enjoyed taking part in the event and I would recommend it to anyone who gets the chance.

L/Cpl Marsland and the GMACF Target Rifle Team at Bisley 2017

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

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By SI Jordan Molyneux, GMACF County Shooting Team

This time of year is the pinnacle of Cadet Target Rifle Shooting with the Inter Service Cadet Rifle Meeting otherwise known as ISCRM held at the well-known Centenary Range on the National Rifle Association grounds at Bisley in Surrey, the home of British shooting.

Prior to the competition, the top 20 teams in the ACF attend a four-day pre-Bisley shooting and coaching course to help prepare Cadets and coaches.  Due to limited time on the range prior to the ISCRM we needed all the practice we could get!  This year GMACF had 10 Cadets attending, who left Holcombe Moor on Sunday 2nd July for the drive down to Surrey, where Pirbright Camp would be our home for the next eight days.

The week started off with a series of lectures and then straight onto the ranges firing at 100m, 300m, 500m and 600m.  Sadly, due to the excessive heat we had to stop training early on Wednesday though this didn’t put the teams off their game.

On Thursday, the final day of pre-Bisley, the teams took part in the Commonwealth Match to help coaches see how their teams worked in a timed shoot.  At this point, team selections were finalised.

Team A consisted of Cdt Sgt Anderson, Cdt Sgt Short, Cdt LCpl Wolstenholme and Cdt LCpl Marsland, coached by myself.  In Team B were Cdt LBdr Mason, Cdt LCpl Savery, Cdt Homes and Cdt Phillips, coached by 2Lt Chris Townson.  Cdt LCpl Davies and Cdt Lythgoe then took the role of team markers working for the duration of the competition in the butts marking the targets where the rounds landed, to allow the teams to adjust their sights after each shot.

After Lunch all the teams representing the Sea Cadets, Air Training Corps, Combined Cadet Force and the ACF – a total of 84 teams – descended on Bisley and Pirbright Camp

Friday started in earnest with a practice shoot at 300m, to ensure any last-minute sight adjustments and introduce the teams to how the competition would work from then on.  Straight after came the individual 300m Shoot and 600m Shoot, fighting the horrible wind on Centenary Range swirling from all directions.  Sadly, again because of the heat, the day was cut short and the Cadet Coached Shoot was cancelled (the Cadet Coached Shoot is where the Cadets coach each other, with no adult coaches are allowed on the firing point.

After another early start, Saturday started at a brisk pace with two shoots at 300m immediately followed by two shoots at 500m.  These shoots where for both the Frankfort Trophy and Patriotic Shield, each completion assessed by the combined scores at both 300m and 500m.  The combined scores from Saturday and the 600m shoot from Friday determine the rankings for the Cadet 100 award.  This is the overall ranking of all ACF Cadets.

Last year, we managed to get one firer in the top one hundred; this year the team achieved three top 100 places Cdt Sgt Short, Cdt Sgt Anderson and Cdt LCpl Wolstenholme placing 33rd, 83rd and 93rd respectively out of a total of 329 ACF Cadets – a glowing reflection of all the hard work put in by Cadets and adults alike and a just reward for all the freezing winter practices at Holcombe in January and February.  Saturday night saw the team enjoy a well-earned rest and recuperation with a visit to Pizza Hut!

Another early start on Sunday saw all the teams descending on Century Range for the last competition, the Watts Bowl, fired at 600m, the longest competition with 12 rounds fired by each team member, all of them counting to the final score.  The final shoot of the day was the Inter-Service Competition with teams of 8 Cadets from of all UK Cadet organisations and Canadian teams shooting against each other.

Straight after this, the Cadet 100 parade is held on the Range where the Cadets are presented with their Cadet 100 badges by senior ACF officers. The last thing to do before heading back home is the Butt Markers Parade where all the teams and coaches applaud all the Cadets who have spent the week working in the butts – it’s our way of saying thank you for all their hard work.

The competition was a huge success not only for the three who gained their Cadet 100 but for our younger members who were attending for the first time and whose shooting improved over the weekend.

As most of the team departed on the long journey home Cdt Sgt Short and Cdt Marsland stayed behind to participate in further competitions.  Cdt Sgt Short has been selected to travel to Canada for six weeks to participate in the Army Cadet Leadership Instructor Marksmanship course, attached to the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Force, while Cdt Marsland is staying at Bisley for a further two weeks to take part in the Cadet Imperial Competition.

I would like to say a big thank you to all the Cadets who took part as well as the staff – Lt Short, 2Lt Townson,  SI Bland, SI Gibb and SI Maunder for all their determined effort over the week.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

 

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

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By the Media Ops Team, GMACF – Major Peter Hilton, SMI Chris Townson and SSI Debbie Callaghan

Defying dire warnings of impending snow-storms, 2 (Kohima) Company took over the Cadet Training Centre on the weekend 11-12 February to conduct training at One, Two and Three Star level, their ambitious plan including live firing, First Aid and Military Knowledge. From the aspect of the shooting, the cadets took the opportunity to fire outdoors and also on the Indoor Range, using the Cadet Rifle with its sub-calibre device; for many cadets on the weekend, this was their first experience of shooting and some fine results were recorded.

But this tells only a part of the story, because the Centre also hosted other activities – or at least served as a launch-pad:

  1. Two Company’s Jade and Charley McIlhatton were passing through en route to join the SCIC- the Senior Cadet Instructors’ Course at Warcop
  2. Another group of Cadets were passing through on their way to Preston for interviews and briefings about this year’s exchange with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets
  3. The County Shooting Team continued their preparations for the forthcoming competition season

Alongside the resident 2 Company, the County’s Cambrian Patrol squad continued their training for this year’s competition, to be held later this year in time-honoured tradition on the picturesque Sennybridge Training Area. On Saturday morning, the team conducted continuation training under Corporal Sam Wilde from the Royal Fusiliers Recruiting Team, running through Section Battle Drills, harbour areas and tactical obstacle crossing drills.  Moving swiftly on they then enjoyed a session of pairs fire and manoeuvre using paint ball markers; this included a little friendly competition on paintball individual marksmanship and adopting different positions.  The day concluded with a session on the ranges on to complete a check zero.

More fieldcraft training followed on Sunday, before the March and Shoot with the cadets completing two laps of the course and straight to the 400m point.  The Shoot consisted of sprinting from 400m to the 300m firing point, dropping into the prone position and firing 20 rounds at the target.  After a Make Safe, the team then sprinted down to the 200m point firing another 20 rounds from the sitting position. The last phase was a sprint to the 100m point and another 20 rounds fired from the kneeling position.

 

Just passing through - Jade and Charley McIlhatton en route to the SCIC

Just passing through – Jade and Charley McIlhatton en route to the SCIC

En route to Preston for interviews for the RCAC Exchange

En route to Preston for interviews for the RCAC Exchange

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

 

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

Forty-three intrepid Cadets from across Greater Manchester braved the winter cold this last weekend to trial for this year’s shooting team on the Holcombe Moor ranges. They were supported by an equally intrepid group of over a dozen adult staff, led by shooting veteran, Major Mick Scollick and despite the plunging temperatures and sullen skies, achieved some promising results, even though the majority of the firers were first-timers who have not previously fired in competition at any level.

The Cadets, firing the semi-automatic Cadet GP rifle, working through a number of grouping and zeroing exercises on the Saturday at 100m and had the opportunity to enjoy the challenge of firing from the fire-trench and from the sitting position – again a first for many, who might previously have done dry-training from those positions but never fired live. At all times there was support and advice to be had from the staff, to ensure safety and provide encouragement. On the Sunday, the firers were taken a step further as the range increased and they were introduced to the challenge of the “run-down”, whereby firers were lined up on the 200m firing point, before advancing quickly to the 100m point from where targets were to be engaged – a tough challenge for those who haven’t done it before.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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By Cadet Bombardier Jamie Anderson, Bolton Detachment RA, 5 (Anzio) Company, GMACF

On the weekend of 20 – 23 October 2016 I attended the Cadet Inter-Services Skill at Arms Meeting CISSAM) at Bisley as part of GMACF’s County Shooting Team.  This was the third time I had been to Bisley but this was a new experience because on this weekend we used the L98A2 Cadet rifle, whereas previously I had used the Parker-Hale target rifle.

On arrival at Bisley we had a briefing giving us the details of when we had to get up, timings for breakfast and where to go after eating.  We then went to our rooms to sort them out and socialised with Cadets from other teams from around the country.

On the second day, straight after breakfast, we were put into our teams and then went to zero the weapons – in other words, adjust to our individual ways of using the sights. We  then did a practise shoot for the Advance to Contact Match and then went straight into the competition which lasted the rest of the weekend, completing a number of Matches on different ranges. I was amazed by the number of teams in the competition, drawn from counties from Scotland, Ireland and Wales as well as teams from Air Cadets and Sea Cadets.

In the intervals between matches, I would relax with the other Cadets and try to memorise the shoots.

Just a point to note – this was the first time for our County that the GP rifle had been used at Bisley, so for two of us to finish in the “Cadet 50” was an awesome achievement. As well as this, one of our team then qualified to be in the ACF Team to compete against the Sea Cadets, and the Air Cadets in the Inter-Service Competition and came second in that shoot.

Overall, my team of four won a Bronze medal as we came third in the ACF Competition.

The majority of the team members were attending Bisley for the first time – only myself  and one other team member had fired here previously and one of the Team has only been doing Cadets for a year – the Shooting Team Captain only spotted her talent at Annual Camp in August this year.

The final competition of the action-packed weekend was the Falling Plates, which is the traditional “fun” shoot – which doesn’t mean it’s not taken very seriously and it’s really competitive. Sadly, we got our come-uppance here by being knocked out in the second round so that was the end of our competition.

I really enjoyed my time as Bisley and hope to be back there again soon.

The GMACF CISSAM Team 2016

The GMACF CISSAM Team 2016

Our Bronze-winning Team. See how happy they are.

Our Bronze-winning Team. See how happy they are.

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

42 Infantry Brigade recently ran a Skill-At-Arms Meeting for Cadets based in the North-West of England; 157 Cadets competed, formed into 42 teams, which made for a very long weekend, especially for those Adult staff and Cadets who had volunteered to run the ranges.

The Cadets and their staff were drawn from all of the North-West’s six Army Cadet Force counties – Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, the Isle of Man, Lancashire and Merseyside – as well as from eleven schools which have CCF contingents:

  • Arnold KEQMS
  • Bury Grammar School
  • Calday Grange School
  • Kirkham Grammar School
  • Lancaster Royal Grammar School
  • Merchant Taylor’s School
  • Oldham Hulme Grammar School
  • Rossall School
  • Sedburgh School
  • Stonyhurst College
  • William Hulme Grammar School

Greater Manchester ACF was represented by three teams, each of four firers, some of whom were firing in their very first competition. Our Firers were:

Team A

  • Cadet CSM George Williams – 6 (Quebec) Company
  • Cadet L/Cpl Matthew Mason – 5 (Anzio) Company
  • Cadet Cpl Anderson – 5 (Anzio) Company
  • Cadet Cpl Leigh Wilson – 6 (Quebec) Company

Team B

  • Cadet Wolsenholme
  • Cadet L/Cpl Pinder – 1 (Minden) Company
  • Cadet Davies
  • Cadet Shelbie Marsland – 3 (Somme) Company

Team C

  • Cadet Bidlock
  • Cadet Nuttall
  • Cadet L/Cpl Kyle Savery – 2 (Kohima) Company
  • Cadet Owens – 4 (Somme) Company

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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By Lt Paul Anderton, County Shooting Officer; photographs by the Media Team, GMACF

Forty-seven Cadets attended the GMACF County Skill at Arms Meeting over the weekend of 9-10 September, representing all six Companies in GMACF.

Saturday started with all teams shooting the Montgomery of Alamein Competition. The weather conditions were the best we could have hoped for, with little to no wind, and for once dry. The first couple of hours spent zeroing weapons at 100m paid off as shooting in the first competition witnessed some really good scores. With Saturday’s shooting complete all thoughts turned to Sundays competition, the Defence Match.

How so much can change at Holcombe in the matter of hours! At 6am on Sunday morning the sun was shining and the hills clearly visible from the accommodation; however,  by breakfast at 7am the mist had descended on us and prevented an early start to the shooting, as we had to wait until 10:30 for it to clear. To try to claw back time, we had sent the lookouts up the hill behind the ranges with map and compass just to make sure they got to their assigned safety posts. The Sunday saw Cadets shooting the Defence Match, which was new and challenging for some Cadets as this match is shot standing in the fire trench and this year we have a tidy number of young and vertically challenged Cadets whom we had identified as possible rising stars on our recent Annual Camp, so we tested this out first with our smallest Cadet, Cdt Davies, from 1 (Minden) Company, who became County test pilot for a day. The competition was fired from the 300m point using the AMS targets – yet another new challenge for some Cadets who had never fired from this distance before. Again, good scores started to appear on the AMS computer system.

As the smoke cleared, the results from the weekend were as follows:

TEAM COMPETITION:
1st Place – 6 (Quebec) Champion Company, Cadet CSM George Williams, Cdt Cpl Connor Cahill, Cdt Sgt Henry Williams, Cdt LCpl Leigh Wilson
2nd Place- 2 (Kohima) Company, Cadets Leon Bidolak, Ben Owen, Kyle Savery, Sam Nutall
3rd Place- 4 (Korea) Company, Cadets Bradley Gregory, Leon Slevin, Gibson, Jones.
CHAMPION INDIVIDUAL FEMALE
1st Place – Cdt Shelbie Marsland, 3 (Somme) Company
2nd Place – Cdt LCpl Pinder, 1 (Minden) Company
3rd Place – LCpl Leigh Wilson, 6 (Quebec) Champion Company

INDIVIDUAL MALE:
1st Place – Cpl Connor Cahill, 6 (Quebec) Champion Company
2nd Pace – Cdt Rio Wolstenholme, 3 (Somme) Company
3rd Place – Cdt Nuttall, 2 (Kohima) Company

ANAIS NICHOLSON MEMORIAL SHIELD
Awarded this year to the top score in the Montgomery of Alamein Competition who was
Cdt Shelbie Marsland – 3 (Somme) Company with a score of 95

A big well done to all the Cadets that took part in this year’s competition.

Going forward to represent the County in the 42 Brigade Cadet SAAM in ten days’ time will be:

1 (Minden) Company

  • Cdt Cpl Pinder
  • Cdt Callum Davies

 2 (Kohima) Company

  • Cdt Sam Nuttall
  • Cdt LCpl Kyle Savery
  • Cdt Leon Bidolak

3 (Somme) Company

  • Cdt Rio Wolstenholme
  • Cdt Shelbie Marsland

4 (Korea) Company

  • Cdt LCpl George Jones

5 (Anzio) Company

  • Cdt LCpl Matthew Mason
  • Cdt Cpl John Paul Short
  • Cdt Cpl Jamie Anderson

6 (Quebec) Champion Company

  • Cdt CSM George Williams
  • Cdt Cpl Connor Cahill
  • Cdt LCpl Leigh Wilson

Do you have what it takes to serve with GMACF, either as an Adult Volunteer or as a Cadet? Are you looking for an opportunity to work hard and develop new skills? If so, why not contact GMACF County HQ on 01204 512600.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force can also be found in other locations on the Internet 

… at our official ACF Web Page at:

https://armycadets.com/county/greater-manchester-acf/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxPYwSoMWLE8hN8CBkdim0Q

on SoundCloud at:

https://soundcloud.com/gmacf-891255911

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