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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

on YouTube at:

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

on SoundCloud at:

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By SSI Debbie Callaghan, HQ Company, GMACF

GMACF is one of the largest Army Cadet Force Counties in the UK and is blessed with the fantastic facility which is now the Cadet Training Centre at Holcombe – how the site’s Victorian Volunteer founders would be surprised by what is now there and the variety of training activities taking place! Just about every weekend, somebody, somewhere is conducting training – often, but not exclusively at Holcombe Moor. The first weekend in April was a more extreme example of how busy we can be.

Adult Training

The evening of the 1st April saw the arrival of some of GMACF’s newest adults for a weekend of training.  Some were attending their Basic Induction Course (BIC) and some were on the Intermediate Induction Course (IIC).

Training was led by the highly experienced Major Stuart Deans, the County Training Officer for Adults and his team. BIC and IIC training built on a revision of the adults’ previous learning on earlier training courses, as well as training at their detachments.  The training menu included:

  • Drill and Turnout
  • Cadet Force Instructional Techniques (CFIT)
  • Duty of Care
  • Reaction to accidents and emergencies
  • Safeguarding
  • Command Tasks
  • Group discussions on the Values and Standards of the Army Cadet Force.

Waterloo Company

Meanwhile, over at the Ashton Training Centre, (once home to the Manchester Regiment), senior Cadets from across the county attended a course on Cadet Force Instructional Techniques (CFIT), a course vital to those Cadets planning to progress to senior rank in the ACF. The weekend was under the command of Lt Emma Hodgin, the Company Commander of Waterloo Company.  Lt Hodgin is never short of volunteers from the highly skilled and trained staff of GMACF to ensure the training is delivered effectively, with a sense of humour.

Sport

On Saturday the NW Regional Rugby Competition was held at William Hulme Grammar School in Manchester.  GMACF Cadets played in both the Intermediate and Senior Games and were successful in winning at both levels.  From the competition, 12 of our Cadets were selected to represent the North West Region at the ACF National Rugby Championship in Sennybridge on the 9th April

Cadet Leadership Course (CLC)

Briefly transiting Holcombe Moor Training Camp was a select party of senior Cadets travelling on to other locations to take part in specialised training over the coming week.  On Saturday, three Cadets arrived to be ferried by WO2 Chris Townson to Warcop in Cumbria for the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC).  The course consists of interesting and physically demanding training, and is designed to exercise Cadets in practical leadership.  The emphasis is on the identification and development of generic leadership skills and qualities – it is not a test of military knowledge or high level Infantry tactics.  However, basic infantry tactics and field craft will be used as a vehicle to deliver and develop Leadership skills.

The County Shooting Team

On Sunday morning, 12 cadets led by four adult staff reported to the Cadet Training Centre to travel to York to take part in the Target Rifle Cadet & Adult Coaching Course, which is being held at Strensall Camp. The objectives of this course is to enable Cadets from the GMACF Target Rifle Team to shoot and train with Cadets from 4 Brigade, to maximise training and coaching in the Cadet Target Rifle, and to allow the staff attending to qualify and obtain the NRA Nationally Recognised Club Instructor Award in Coaching.

Good luck to all our Cadets and staff taking part in the CLC and Target Rifle Courses.

Air Cadets

One party of Cadets hosted by the Centre were not even from GMACF, but from the Air Training Corps.  They were staying at the Cadet Training Centre for a week’s Band Camp.  The Cadets attending were from all over the North of England Region, and will receive personal musical training to develop their skills and abilities as well as learning how to march whilst playing their instruments and perfecting a concert display to be used in future engagements.  The Lead Music Officer is WO2 Andrea Nash who is responsible for ensuring the Cadets benefit from the expertise of the staff who have given up their time to ensure the objectives of the week are met.  An added bonus for some cadets is they will be using this Band Camp for the residential part of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Mid Pennine Region Mountain Rescue Teams

On Sunday afternoon around 10 volunteer members of the Mid-Pennine Region Mountain Rescue Team also visited the Centre. One of the team attending was one of GMACF’s permanent staff team, Mr Phil Horner, who in his spare time has been an active member of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team for the last few years.  The team attended Holcombe to be shown around the facilities ahead of an event they will be hosting in June for other charities within the Prince’s Trust.

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

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By SSI Debbie Callaghan, HQ Company, GMACF

The hard work and motivation of the North West Region’s Cadets certainly paid off at the ACF National Football Championship held recently in Penrith.

The Junior and Senior Boys Football teams were made up from Cadets from across the NW Region – Greater Manchester (GMACF), Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria.

The Junior Team on the day was managed and coached by SI Ryan Gemmell from GMACF and the Senior Team was managed and coached by SSI Phil ‘Curph’ Curphey from Merseyside ACF, tapping into the drive and enthusiasm of two great footballing cities.

The day started out with the competing regions from across the UK being ferried from Warcop Camp to Penrith to use local club facilities.  As in the Cross Country, 10 regions took part which meant there were 10 Junior and 10 Senior regional teams.  The games were played in two groups on a league basis with points given for wins and draws.  This was the same for each age group, leading on to two semi-finals and the Final.

The Seniors had some great games which saw them reach one of the semi-finals, where sadly they went down to London Region.

The Junior Team progressed a step further by reaching the Final, where there was some amazing football throughout the day. The Junior Team did especially well, especially considering that they had not played this many games together on one day before and had only been selected in the February trials.  Their hard work and determination brought them up against Eastern Region in the Final and it was they who took the winning trophy.

In the audience was Deputy Commander 42 Infantry Brigade, Colonel Philip Harrison. Col Harrison was particularly keen to watch and speak with some of the Cadets from the North West Region.  He spoke of how well organised the event was and how proud he was to see the Cadets playing some great football.  Special thanks were given to GMACF Training Safety Advisor, WO2 Darrell Jones who ensured everything ran to plan throughout the day with the assistance of the North West Cadet Training Team who are based at Fulwood Barracks, Preston.

Medals and trophies were awarded by Col Harrison.

The GMACF Cadets who represented the North West in Junior Football were Cadets Jonilson Jose, Ellis O’Reilly and Farnesy Foncham, all from 6 (Quebec) Company. Overall, the North West Juniors were Runners up.

In Senior Football, Cdt Sgt Henry Williams from 6 (Quebec) Company and Cdt Cpl Adam McKinney from 4 (Korea) Company helped to represent the North West.

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

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

On Saturday 12th March, the ACF took the opportunity of the mild Spring weather at Warcop in Cumbria, to run the National Cross Country Championships. Cadets from all over the United Kingdom to represent the 10 Regions – Scotland, Eastern, South East, London, South West, North East, West Midlands, Wales, Northern Ireland and the North West (who are hosts for both the Cross Country and Football).

Four courses had been laid out:

  • Junior and Intermediate Girls = 3.5 Km
  • Junior Boys and Senior Girls = 4.1 Km
  • Intermediate Boys = 5.7 Km
  • Senior Boys = 7.1 Km

Representing the North West Region from Greater Manchester ACF were:

Junior Boys

  • Cdt Mason Farrell – 6 (Quebec) Company

Intermediate Boys

  • Cdt James Sweeney – 2 (Kohima) Company
  • Cdt Lewis Booth   – 3 (Somme) Company
  • Cdt Edward Green – 4 (Korea) Company

Senior Boys

  • Cpl James Fitzwater – 5 (Anzio) Company
  • Cdt L/Cpl Cameron Wilburn – 3 (Somme) Company

Junior Girls

  • Cdt Keeley Mellor – 2 (Kohima) Company 
  • Cdt S Rowlands – 1 (Minden) Company

Intermediate Girls

  • Cdt Sgt Sophie Dransfield – 2 (Kohima) Company (Individual Bronze)
  • Cdt Cpl Chloe Evans – 5 (Anzio) Company

Senior Girls

  • Cdt Kaitlin Mellor – 2 (Kohima) Company (Individual Silver)
  • Cpl Emily Montague – 1 (Minden) Company (Individual Bronze)
  • Cdt Jade Hollingsworth – 3 (Somme) Company

In the individual classes, the North West Region came 5th in the Junior Boys, 7th in the Intermediate Boys, 3rd in the Senior Boys, 3rd in the Junior Girls, 3rd in the Intermediate Girls and 1st in the Senior Girls.
Overall, the North West Region were National Runners Up (Well Done to Eastern Region, who were the National Champions).

Thanks to the adult staff who supported the weekend in many different ways:

  • 2Lt Wayne Williams and SI Ryan Gemmell – 6 (Quebec) Company
  • SSI Helen Jose – 3 (Somme) Company
  • SI Mark Hill – 2 (Kohima) Company

… and not forgetting the County Sports Officer, 2 Lt Kimberley Williams

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

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By 2 Lt Kimberley Williams, County Sports Officer, GMACF

Greater Manchester dominated at the NW Regional Cross Country Competition held at Warcop on Saturday 27th February

After an overnight stay courtesy of Lancs ACF and sporting our newly acquired county tracksuits we set off on our journey to Warcop. After a quick stop at the previously warned (but probably not fully prepared) all-you-can-eat breakfast at Toby Carvery, Morecambe we arrived at Warcop with great hopes for the day. The Cadets decided that the nearby hillside would be a good pre-race workout. PI Parker followed up the hill and took some beautiful team and group photos on what was looking to be a beautiful day.

Race 1 was soon underway with Junior and Intermediate Girls setting off together. The first runner in each category over the line were both Greater Manchester Cadets with Cdt Sgt Dransfield winning the intermediate race whilst also aiding Junior winner Cdt Rowlands over the line as she had sustained a slight ankle injury from one of the turns. Cdt Cpl Evans was runner-up in the Intermediates and Cdt Mellor was 3rd place in the Juniors. With four medals out of six going to GMACF we were beginning to feel optimistic for the rest of the day.

Race 2 set off next with Senior Girls running alongside Junior Boys. With Cdt Mellor, (yes that’s right her little sister had run in the Juniors), coming in in first place followed closely behind by Cdt Hollingsworth in 2nd place, it was beginning to look like GMACF’s day. With one runner over the line in the Junior Boys category an amazing sight came over the hill on the way to the finish line, not one but three yellow vests racing for the line. 2nd place went to Cdt Farrell, 3rd to Cdt Green and a close 4th to Cadet LCpl Booth. Our successes were rolling in.

Next race to go was intermediate Boys where again GMACF obtained a 2nd place thanks to Cdt Sweeney. The final race, Senior Boys witnessed Cdt L/Cpl Wilburn coming over the line in first place closely followed by Cdt Cpl Fitzwater in second place.

After collecting a staggering 11 of the 18 medals on offer, we were also presented with the winning County overall and have had 12 of the 24-strong selected to represent the 42 North West Regional team attending the National event on 12 March at Warcop.

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

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By 2Lt Kimberley Williams, 6 (Quebec) Company, GMACF

A coach full of excited 1 Star Cadets from 6 Company’s 1 Platoon arrived at the Gandale drop-off area on Friday, 24th August, for what would be their first real fieldcraft experience. With their bergans on their backs they eagerly set off towards their overnight camp in Gandale Woods, being revised in patrolling technique and spacing whilst en route. They arrived unscathed, which sadly couldn’t be said for 2 Platoon who had a Cadet down on the way who was now on her way to A & E with injuries to her knees and hands, caused by a heavy fall.

On arrival in the harbour area,  Cadets were revised on basha-building whilst they still had good light conditions – a simple task you may say think, considering they had all attended a previous fieldcraft weekend during work-up training and simply had to decide which one of the two versions of basha would suit the conditions of their chosen spot. Alas, No! It descended into a green version of “Grand Designs” to see who could erect the biggest, most fanciful array of bashas, most of which would provide absolutely no protection from the elements if the weather turned bad. After pointing out these flaws in construction, and the inevitable arguing from the Cadets as to why they thought that open skylight above their sleeping area would still keep them dry, they did eventually reconstruct them to a satisfactory standard and the amused staff then directed them to the OC who was waiting to conduct the exercise brief and safety check before tactical training could commence.

After being issued their weapon for the exercise and the routine safety checks completed, Cadets were then issued their 24 hour ration pack and set off to cook their first meal in the field. This swiftly became the Cadet equivalent of “Ready, Steady, Cook” with combinations that could and should never be repeated at home.

It was now time for them for training in Routine in the Harbour. After completing the theory part of their Duties of a Sentry lesson and applying their cam cream they set about constructing their sentry posts, practicing their Stand To positions and were given their stag timings and commenced their duties as the light faded.

Enter 2 Platoon who had been instructed to find and probe the harbour as the light faded. I must say they gave us the fright of our lives as Lance Corporal Johnson was so far in when the Stand To was given by Cadet Waters he could have actually have almost reached out and touched one of us.

After completing their sentry rota for the evening they were stood down and ordered to their sleeping bags.

Day 2 began at 0630 hours with a Stand To call by Sgt Malins, followed by deconstruction of the bashas, breakfast and a trek to the next training area, Newfoundland England. After a steady approach march, during which the Cadets were assessed on their navigation skills it was time to set up their new harbour, which the Cadets did amazingly speedily using traditional basha techniques rather than the inventions of the previous evening.

Training commenced and Stand To positions allocated. It was at this point that the Cadets discovered what was to become the highlight of their first major fieldcraft exercise, a dead squirrel. After the usual screams and squeals from the female Cadets, the squirrel was quickly adopted by the platoon, named Alvin and was relocated for his own (probably a little too late) protection to his own newly erected sentry post.

After their evening meal and a safety brief they were then given their magazines for their blank-firing exercise later that evening and set about their sentry rotas. After deciding their password for the evening they set about their evening’s duties. Those covering the main route into camp were advised that the CSM would be visiting us for the blank firing exercise and didn’t know the new password, to which came the rapid reply, “ That’s OK Ma’am, we’ll just shoot him”. He was swiftly informed of the password and the warning given, much to his amusement.

Enter once again 2 Platoon for the main event. After observing them patrolling in our direction, Cadet Abassid gave a very confident Stand To call which the Cadets responded to promptly. After successfully defending the harbour and watching 2 Platoon speedily withdraw to the safety of their own harbour area, a very excited Cadet chased across the harbour with Sgt Gemmell close behind, as someone had been spotted approaching along the main route into harbour. This turned out to be a rather startled Cadet on his way back from the toilet who was eventually allowed back inside the perimeter, much to the amusement of the staff.

Shortly after this Padre Paul arrived, pitched up his cooker and much to the amazement of both Cadets and staff cooked the most amazing hot donuts. This sugar rush kept the Cadets going until they were stood down at midnight.

Day 3 commenced with a surprisingly speedy harbour deconstruction and breakfast and run-throughs of observation and ambush techniques in preparation for playing enemy to the ever-marauding 2 Platoon. After watching them approaching for what felt like an eternity, and with tension building for both Cadets and supervising staff, the order to fire was given, forcing 2 Platoon retreating tactically back to their Rendezvous Point.

It was now time to say goodbye, 1 Platoon style to Alvin. The scene was set with a newly dug grave, a carved tree dedication and a head stone all done by the Cadets who gathered to pay their respects to their beloved Mascot.

After being interred during a rendition of “I Believe I can Fly”, A Soliloquy by Sgt Malins, a moving Eulogy from Sgt Gemmell and flowers planted by the Cadets it was time to say goodbye and return to camp.

The exhausted, smelly, but happy Cadets and staff reluctantly left Alvin in his final resting place., He will be missed.

As we awaited the coach to return us to the comfort of hot water and a comfy bed at Wathgill the Cadets took part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Quebec prepared and supervised by Sgt Malins.

 

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

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By Lt Paul Anderton, Target Rifle Team, GMACF

For the second year in succession, GMACF Target Rifle Team succeeded in qualifying two teams for this year’s Inter Service Cadet Rifle Meeting (ISCRM), held at the National Rifle Centre, Bisley, Surrey.

The competition was held over the weekend of 2nd – 5th July, with teams competing from the ACF, ATC, Sea Cadets and including teams from Canada and Hong Kong.

Because GMACF qualified in the top 22 ACF teams, we also qualified for attendance at the Pre-Bisley Coaching Course, which was run from Monday to Thursday immediately before the main event.

After a long drive down on the Sunday, Cadets arrived at Pirbright Camp, which is just round the corner from Bisley.

GMACF Teams were representative of all six of our Companies and practiced on the L81A2 Target Rifle over distances of 300, 500, & 600 yards on Stoney Castle Ranges. This afforded the Cadets great preparation for the competition.

After what can only be described as the three hottest days of the year with temperatures reaching 33 degrees, the Cadets were given a well-deserved break and chose to visit Brookwood Military Cemetery, which is looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. With over 5000 Commonwealth war graves and almost 800 of other nations, Brookwood is by far the largest CWGC Cemetery in the UK, and was established in 1919 to meet the need for a cemetery for servicemen and women who died in the London area.

After some spectacular shooting during the competition, GMACF were performing well with Sgt Hopkins (4 Company), finishing a respectful 35th after the first two shoots at 300 and 500.

With all the scores in, GMACF A Team finished 20th and GMACF B Team 61st out of over 100 teams, with both Sgt Hopkins – 4 (Korea) Company – and SSgt Cowling – 2 (Kohima) Company – being presented with the coveted Cadet 100 Badge for finishing 75th and 89th respectively.

Supporting the shooters were a number of Cadets, nominated as Reserves, who performed sterling work in the target butts, tending to the targetry and scoring. They rarely get any publicity, but without them there wouldn’t be a competition, so thanks to them; your efforts did not pass unnoticed.

GMACF Teams consisted of: 

A Team B Team
SSgt J Cowling – 2 Company

Cpl J Cumston – 3 Company

Cdt L Wilson – 3 Company

LCpl J Short – 5 Company

SSGT F Thobois – 5 Company

Sgt L Hopkins – 4 Company

Cdt J Anderson – 5 Company

Cpl  J Jervis – 1 Company

 

Butt Party
SSgt M Stockton – 3 CompanyCpl H Williams – 6 CompanyCpl S Shah – 2 Company

 

Sgt G Williams – 6 Company

Cpl C Evans – 5 Company

Cpl B Turner – 5 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/

… at our Blog at:

https://armycadetsgreatermanchester.wordpress.com/

… on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterManchesterACF

… on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/gmanacf

on YouTube at:

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

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