High standards in cadet competitions

Pictured are the recently qualified cadets including locals Alistair McKay from Minnigaff, Finn Haworth from Gatehouse of Fleet and sisters Bethany and Megan Ginnelly from Kirkcudbright.

Pictured are the recently qualified cadets including locals Alistair McKay from Minnigaff, Finn Haworth from Gatehouse of Fleet and sisters Bethany and Megan Ginnelly from Kirkcudbright.

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Local army cadets have been continuing their basic training with recent courses in first aid and shooting.

All youngsters who join the voluntary youth organisation are required to undertake a two-hour Heartstart course and all senior cadets and the vast majority of adult volunteers hold a full First Aid at Work qualification.

The Minden Company Shooting Team. Matthew Palmer (left, standing) Christopher Partridge (middle, standing) and Chantelle Cowan (left, kneeling)

The Minden Company Shooting Team. Matthew Palmer (left, standing) Christopher Partridge (middle, standing) and Chantelle Cowan (left, kneeling)

Each of the four companies entered teams into a first aid competition last weekend and on the Saturday they undertook all the practical tests, while the Sunday was given over to tests on the theory behind first aid as well as some advanced casualty simulation.

The top first aiders will now train together under the first aid training officer, Sergeant Major Derek Ross and his team of first aid trainers. The next round will be the Scottish Cadet Forces First Aid competition in June, then hopefully off to Frimley Park in the autumn to compete again the other army cadet districts and the other cadet forces.

Sergeant Major Ross said: “I was impressed with the standard of the cadets in the competition this year. Even the gory makeup done by the casualty simulation did not put them off. I do believe we have the makings of a strong first aid team this year.”

And the weekend also saw cadets take part in a shooting competition. On Saturday they fired the full-bore army rifle the L98A2 on the outdoor barrack range at Dechmont near East Kilbride. On the Sunday it was the turn of the .22inch No8 Rifle on the Indoor Range at Ayr.

The top shots will now train together under the shooting officer, staff Sergeant Kris Fearon and his team of safety supervisors and coaches. The next round will be the Scottish District Shoot at Barry Buddon near Dundee in April, where a team of eight and two reserves is needed.

If the district shoot goes well, it is off to Bisley in Surrey for the 10-day Cadet Force Target Shooting Meeting in July.

Staff Sergeant Fearon said; “I was impressed with the standard of marksmanship and the confidence of some quite junior cadets in handling a rifle on the range. I do believe we have the makings of a competitive team this year.”

For more information about the organisation visit: www.armycadets.