29 September 2019
This year’s Rifle’s Cup Cadet Competition took place at Longmoor Camp over the weekend 20 – 22 September. Each County who holds Rifle Regiment Cap Badges in their ranks submit a team of 10 Cadets to compete in stands of field-based skills including First Aid, TIBUA, Patrolling and Defence of a location.
Lt D Nutbeam, along with his staff, have been training with a select of cadets from Winchester Detachment for the last few months. Cpl E Lancaster was quickly chosen as the team’s Captain with LCpl J Cadwallader as Second in Command (2IC). Overall, 15 cadets undertook the training weekends and evenings on the lead up to the competition; something that came in use the week before the event when a member of the team became injured and could not compete.
Arriving at Longmoor on the Friday, the teams were thrown straight into the competition with a brief of the weekend ahead; the programme showed Hants & IOW’s first stand at 0600hrs the next morning – so a good night’s sleep was in order. Each team were allocated a space for the duration of the weekend where they were able to rest and take stock.
Other than the Team Captain and 2IC, this is the first time these cadets have taken part in the Rifle’s Cup. Despite this, they each brought professionalism, skill and enthusiasm to the different elements the competition offered. Along with the assessed foundations of the competition, The Rifle Regiment took the opportunity to train additional skill to their Cap Badged Cadets from around the Country. Cpl Lancaster said “this additional training was helpful and fun. It is definitely something I will take back to the Detachment to show the other Cadets”.
Unfortunately, due to an administrative error, it is unknown where the team placed overall; however, Lt Nutbeam and the team have taken this in their stride and have learned from the whole experience. Lt Nutbeam said “Even though we are not sure where we placed, all of the Cadets did extremely well and have done me and the County proud. We will learn from the experiences from the weekend in order to train harder for next year”. Col T Farmer, who visited on Saturday morning, also praised the team for their hard work and solidarity throughout.
Well done to everyone, check out the full gallery below.