January 19th 2016

Cadets train on target

Staff and air cadets of 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron, 2229 (Loughborough) Squadron and 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) have come together to take part in skill at arms training to improve their target shooting skills.

Cadets and staff were put through their paces by Sergeant (ATC) Eric Severn and Flying Officer Daniel McGlynn RAFVR(T), who are both qualified Skill at Arms Instructors. During the course, there was a large amount of information that the cadets were required to learn and well as demonstrating a range of new weapons drills to high and safe standards.

The lessons allowed the cadets to develop their knowledge of safe handling of the L98A2 Cadet GP rifle as well as revise general safe handling rules that they learn at the beginning of their cadet careers. At the end of the course, the cadets were required to take a Weapons Handling Test which is made up of a set of weapons, drills and questions to help prove that the cadets and staff were able to safely carry out any of the key weapons drills and prove their knowledge of cleaning the rifle.

Sergeant (ATC) Lynda Kinniburgh, who was a student on the course, said: “It was a really tough course but I’m so glad I took part. It’s really rewarding when you manage to get the drills right and I’m looking forward to putting my new skills to the test on the range.”

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 a Tuesday or Thursday night from 7.15pm at the Cadet Centre, Asfordby Road. More information can be found by emailing

“It was a really tough course but I’m so glad I took part."