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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

Today marked the middle-point of Camp – by night-time, four days gone and four to go. Aside from the Corps of Drums (for whom this was their Adventurous Training Day) and the Adult Instructors (for whom this was the dreaded Assessment Day), the main theme of the day was the cycling around of training cadres, two of whom – the Two Star Training and Assessment cadres – came to the end of their Fieldcraft sessions, as evidenced by the multiple blank-firing exercises erupting across the training area, as Cadet patrols bumped against their adult instructors, now playing the part of the villainous enemy with a frequently dubious dress-sense.

As these exercises drew to a close, the Three and Four Star cadres were preparing their Cadets for a deployment into the field in the late afternoon, where they will live for the next two nights, under shelters they were completing as the light faded.

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 

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

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

The third day of our Annual Camp saw training cadres all around Crowborough Camp and beyond as the tempo of Camp began to rise.

Decidedly out of Camp were the two Two Star cadres, who had moved out onto the training area last night and had spent the night in shelters they had rigged for themselves. Despite the brief excitement of a pre-dawn shower, this had passed by breakfast time (at least breakfast time for normal folks not wearing camouflage gear and practicing more war-like regimes), and the remainder of the day was warm and sunny. One of the Three Star cadres, along with the Four Stars had meanwhile moved to the adventurous training site some 40 minutes up the road, spending the morning falling into a lake, or causing others to do so, all in the name of canoeing and raft-building; the afternoon was spent biking and orienteering.

The remaining Three Star Cadre had spent part of the morning in Camp, only to mount their Great Escape later, disguised as a Navigation Exercise, returning to camp before they got too hungry. Following the previous day’s shooting practice, the Corps of Drums spent several hours on Tuesday on band practice, whilst the Adult’s training cadre took their place on the 25m and Shotgun ranges, supervised by the County Shooting Officer, Lt Paul Anderton and his increasingly veteran team of coaches, some recently returned from national competition at Bisley. The adults had the opportunity to develop their own marksmanship skills, whilst coaching each other. In a few months’ time, they’ll be passing these skills on to Cadets.

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

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

Former Commandant Colonel Mike Glover, accompanied by his wife Elizabeth was recently welcomed back to the Holcombe Moor Cadet Training Centre by current Commandant, Colonel Paul Irvine and members of the Officers’ and Senior Ranks Messes, their aim being to unveil an oak tree and bench outside “the White House”, a building with which many current and former members of the Reserve and Cadet Forces will be thoroughly conversant, having been put to many uses over the years.

Blessed by unusually fine weather, Colonel Glover made a short addressed, followed by a short test flight of the new bench, before everyone retired to the Mess for a slap-up lunch provided by the Camp staff.

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

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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

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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

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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

2 (Kohima) Company recently enjoyed a testing weekend at Holcombe Moor conducting Fieldcraft training at the Cadet Training Centre. Beginning on Friday evening, the Cadets were allocated to their accommodation before being given a Safety Brief and a briefing on the plans for the weekend. This was followed by some free time, before returning to their accommodation and Lights Out at 23:00.

Training began prompt at 0630 on Saturday morning with Reveille and breakfast at 0730. Following Company Muster at 0800, Cadets were divided into their training platoons, before throwing themselves into a packed training programme which included, basha-building, patrolling and for the more experienced Cadets, the techniques of delivering and extracting orders. Taking advantage of the balmier weather and the extended hours of light, training continued into the early evening, finally closing down at around 21:00.

By the end of training at Sunday midday, the Cadets were tired but fulfilled, as all of them had pushed further into the Cadet training syllabus.

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:

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By SSI Matt Hilton, 2 (Kohima) Company, GMACF

On the 6th April, Oldham Detachment GMACF swapped their regular parade location for Oldham Town Hall. They paraded in the car park and marched towards the front entrance of the town hall under the direction of Cdt Sgt Wood. Upon arrival at the entrance, Sgt Wood advanced his Cadets to the right to be met by Oldham’s mayor, Derek Heffernan. Also in attendance was Colin Wild, the chairman of the local branch of the Royal Tank Regiment Association who played a key role in arranging the visit. He then had the honour of introducing the Mayor to Oldham Detachment as well as its new DC, SI Steve Jones.

Mr Wild then led the Cadets up the stairs of the town hall to the silverware display, which was a revelation. Once again, the Cadets fell in to receive the mayor. Upon his arrival, Cdt Cpl Matthew was tasked with presenting the mayor with a regimental plaque in thanks for the tour of the town hall. After this, there was time for a couple of photos with the mayor and then Mr Wild introduced the Cadets to the Regimental silverware and its history.

The silverware belonged to the 41st Battalion (Oldham), the Royal Tank Regiment (41 RTR) which existed under this banner from 1938 until 1956. The 41st had originally been formed before World War II as an infantry battalion, the 10th Bn, the Manchester Regiment which was part of a rapidly expanding Territorial Army. Alongside a number of other battalions in the North-West, it was then converted to armour, as it became clear that more tanks would be needed. It then became part of the 24th Armoured Brigade and alongside its sister Brigade, the 23rd was deployed to North Africa in 1942 to fight the famous Afrika Korps.

The 24th Armoured Brigade took part in the Second Battle of El Alamein, but was then disbanded so that men and vehicles could be dispersed to provide replacements for other units. In 1947, the Regiment was re-formed and, in 1956, it amalgamated with the 40th (The King’s) RTR to form the 40th/41st Royal Tank Regiment. Amongst the colours and bugles were the regimental drums, which featured the 600 names of those who served with the regiment.

Oldham Detachment of GMACF is the only detachment in GMACF to be badged Royal Tanks and is the last surviving link with this battalion.

After Mr Wild had shown the Cadets all the silverware, the mayor then invited the Cadets on a tour of the council chamber. After pointing out various features of the room he then offered the Cadets the opportunity to sit down in the councillors’ chairs whilst he assumed his usual seat, front centre of the room. He invited the Cadets to ask him any questions that they might have and quizzed them on their interests, trying toget a better understanding of some of Oldham’s youth.

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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