All cadets have to participate in Air Rifle Marksmanship within the mandatory cadet program. In addition, cadets who are interested can continue to develop their marksmanship skills via the marksmanship team. There will be opportunities for cadets to practice their skills and potentially achieve badges for their uniforms or to be a part of the regional air rifle marksmanship team.
For the 2014-2015 training year, we are aspiring to advance our marksmanship team strength to be competitive at the regional competitions. Look forward to more information in September!
Having the opportunity to travel across the province or across Canada for competitions is a fantasy that every team dreams of. Joining the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program opens up this potential opportunity to the select few that have the drive, determination and patience to work towards a very rewarding goal.
Through the many inner-squadron teams and programs, Air Rifle Marksmanship is one of the top activities that many individuals can potentially become talented at. For the youth that intend on joining military or police forces as they develop into young adults, it is highly recommended those cadets try out for the Marksmanship team. The talented cadets will move on to compete at competitions, and the cadets who may not get the opportunity the first time should not get discouraged as they can still achieve a Marksmanship level badge to wear on the uniform.
Marksmanship was placed into the Cadet program to promote an interest in rifle and target shooting. This talent often goes unnoticed in the youth that never get an opportunity to explore it. Marksmanship target shooting has opened up the interest of police and military work within the youth that excel in the Cadet program. Many who excel at marksmanship pursue their interest in range target shooting within the police or military forces.
There is two different styles of shooting used to broaden the skills a cadet may develop. The Olympic style shooting is included in competitions, but is not necessary to earn the badge. This style of shooting is done while standing. The rifle is resting against the shoulder and on one of three various hand positions. The hand positions vary the height of the rifle and sights to the shooter. The position of the feet vary how steady the shot is, and these positons vary from each individual shooter.
The second shooting position is the prone position and is done while laying down. The leg on the same side to the trigger hand is extended upwards, the opposite leg is straightened out and both elbows are resting on the floor mat with the rifle resting in the shoulder. The sling may be attached to the jacket, or wrapped around the bicep if a jacket is not available. This stable position is used for the Badge shooting, as well as in competitions along with the Olympic style shooting.
An easy to use, easy to aim and easy to master .22 calibre Daisy Air Rifle is the rifle of choice for the Cadet program. This rifle can be used and modified to any shooter. Butt plates to extend the stock for the taller cadets, changeable trigger weights and extra equipment make this rifle versatile and easily adaptable to anyone willing to try it out. This rifle was chosen by the Cadet program to help instill calming breathing patterns, patience and self-control within the cadets who choose to compete on a Marksmanship team or earn a Level Badge.
The marksmanship program within the Air Cadets is very rewarding to those who have the determination to pursue and develop this unique talent.