I wasn't actually referring to your post, I was addressing GHE's worn-out rant about the good old days when nobody bothered with training or testing.
In answer to your question GHE I finished as a cadet 15 or 16 years ago.
Try looking at it the other way. Why do you consider weapon training and testing to be such a huge problem as to be worthy of complaint every time the topic is mentioned?
Really? I can think of a recent incident and the email got to us PDQ.
Training on the No 8 rifle is easy and with a good WI or SAAI will take no more than a few hours.
At the end of which the cadet is thoroughly familiar with the rifle, understands the drills well, and actually has a good idea of what they need to be doing when they're on the range.
Unless you've got one of those poor instructors who only teach how to pass the WHT then do not forget that a good portion of Skill at Arms training is teaching the cadet how to shoot. By learning the marksmanship principals and how to apply them - through correct position, hold, breathing control, sight picture, &c they actually stand a good chance of developing through practical experience and coaching into a good shot.
If you just stick a cadet on the range without prior training how can you expect them to achieve anything of value? It's little different to taking them to a fun-fair shooting arcade. Sure they might have fun for the 15 minutes they're on the range but would it not be far better to actually train and develop them?
We are a training organisation after all.
Being satisfied simply that your cadets "didn't have any serious accidents" seems like a bit of a cop-out to me.
A day without incidents does not necessarily equate to a day well spent.