Melton cadets learn how to become top marksman

Cadets proudly display their targets. 'PHOTO: Supplied

Cadets proudly display their targets. 'PHOTO: Supplied

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A group of determined Air Cadets from the 1279 Melton Mowbray Squadron, spent a weekend practising for their marksmanship badges.

Youngsters were able to develop their skills that they had already learnt in initial weapons training and put them to good use on the rifle range.

Each cadet showed massive improvements in their target shooting ability and scored enough to achieve squadron marksman badges, wing marksman badges and a corps marksman badge, the highest cadet marksman badge available.

There was also chance for some of the less experienced firers to get a chance to practise their skill with the support of members of the squadron’s shooting team.

The weekend finished in style when the Melton cadets joined forces with 2229 Loughborough Squadron and 209 West Bridgford Squadron to continue their training and pit their skills against firers from a different unit.

Cadet Luke Shepherd (15) said: “I really enjoyed the weekend and getting some practice in before Wing Field Day.

“It was also good fun to take part in the Committee Shield Shooting Competition. I’ve already got my corps marksman badge so it was good to see others achieving their badges.”

Anyone who is aged 12 and in Year 8 at school or upwards and is interested in seeing the wide range of activities on offer can visit the squadron on the final Thursday night of each month from 7.15pm at the Cadet Centre, Asfordby Road.

Cadets are offered the chance to experience flying, gliding,target shooting, take part in 7 major sports, adventure training and many other activities. As well as these, cadets get the opportunity to gain qualifications such as BTECs and First Aid qualifications.

More information can be found at www.1279atc.org.uk