TDT stands for Training Development Team, and we are one of two new teams setup as a consequence of the Shooting Review that took place over the period autumn '15 to spring '16. The review identified that there were multiple issues with Shooting, and also that limited resource was available to address these issues. As a consequence, two new teams were setup:
TSST - The Training Standards and Support team is a small team working with the SATTs to provide audible assurance, improve standardisation and increase professionalism.
TDT - The Training Development team, have a wide range of responsibilities:
1) Provide a Shooting Portal on BADER (target is 1 Apr to launch) to provide a single location to find all the Shooting information on BADER, provide an online application process for courses and improve information flow.
2) Overhaul and simplify (where possible) the documentation for Shooting
3) Engage with external agencies to address factors that impact on ACO Shooting
4) Have staff who will help and support shooting in Wings, whilst reporting back on issues and difficulties straight to HQAC
5) Providing resources to help increase and improve the delivery of Shooting
6) Anything else we can do to make Shooting easier and better.
We are aware that there is plenty to do, and are to some extent still scoping the size of the task. However ACP 18 Vol 3 is one of several publications planned for this year, and as mentioned above the Shooting Portal should be live by April.
I appreciate that there is plenty of cynicism about Shooting in some quarters, and that the shooting available varies widely from Wing to Wing and sometimes unit to unit. However we are confident that we can make a difference and bring some level of benefit across the board. We are a composed entirely of volunteers (ranging from a young and recently promoted FS, through to myself) and have a very extensive background in Cadet Shooting of all types and at all levels.
I hope that provides some insight into what we are and why we exist. We will become more visible as the year progresses and more output is released. We will also be out and about on the ground visiting shoots to gain feedback on work so far, and seeking input for future projects.