153 Troop Diary – Week 11
Week 11 was the start of the Straight Point range package; this was two weeks on the ranges learning how to shoot in different positions at different ranges all in the build up to pass the ACMT.
The first day on the range the Troop was down on the gallery range starting at the 100 metre point; the aim was to zero our rifles to make them as accurate as possible. The Troop was split into two on zeroing and the other half down in the butts lifting, lowering and marking the targets.
Day two involved the 200metre range on the gallery, this time the Troop was getting the point of aim, this was showing us where we would have to shoot to hit the centre of the target. We also had the combat marksmanship team down as well, as well as the training team to help us with our positions and sorting our technique out. Towards the end of the day we moved onto the 300 metre shoot where most the Troop got to shoot and get the point of aim ready for the ACMT.
Day three was getting the rest of the Troop to finish the 300 metre shoot off first thing in the morning, after this we moved onto the ETR which the ACMT would be taken on, the Troop was really up for it because the targets would drop when hit. For the rest of the day we where practicing different positions at the 100 metre and 200 metre range getting ready for Monday.
Day four consisted of more practice on the ETR starting to do tests in the build up for the real thing, this would allow us to see what it would be like on Monday. At midday we started a 300m test which involved the prone and trench positions, everyone also needed to take account for the wind, Recruit Sherborne showed of his marksmanship skills with a 15/15 score at the end of the day.
The last day of the first week on Straight Point everyone was in a good mood as it was nearly the weekend and our first bottom field session would be tomorrow. The day consisted of lads in the Troop still passing the 300 metre shoot. We then moved on to practice 200 metre and 100 metre ready for the ACMT on Monday. At the end of the day the training team gave a seven minute challenge to those that had poor weapon drills on the range, the seven minute challenge was a run down to the beach jumping in the sea and running back up all within seven minutes.