[quote=“glass half empty 2” post=12834][quote=“Perry Mason” post=12824]
Thats why testing every 6 months is good - if a cadet hardly touches the weapon they will not be fully safe in its handling.[/quote]
But it was never like this and there weren’t any problems reference safety of an individual or in terms of ranges. I fired .303 and or SLR once a year at camp and was never retested, just went to the range and made holes in paper. If there were any problems wrt safety I’m sure something would have happened to change things years ago.
Erm…they did - it was 6 monthly weapon handling tests, RCOs re-assessed every four years and the need for everybody to be qualified, competent and current. Shooting policy and procedures often change due to something happening, not necessarily in the ACO. The are examples a plenty (not just in shooting) where people people have smudged things through because the oversight was not properly applied or wasn’t abled to be applied on the ground. Since going to 6-monthly tests standards certain seamed to have improved.
The shooting parts of the 3822 are pretty useless apart from recording that a cadet has had the initial training. One of the main problems I can see with this system is relying on the assumption that all WHTs are being entered into Bader. Short answer - they’re not. SMS is too clunky, its too time consuming and you can’t extract the info. Those COs you don’t understand shooting will probably go the route of not bothering with any shooting as it will save time and work. Initial Weapon Training is no longer part of the First Class Syllabus as it doesn’t match to BTEC so there is no drive to actually get cadets shooting in the first place.
What I can see happening is a wing or sqn bring in their own document for recording WHTs for cadets (there are a variety already floating around for staff). Then instead of a single format of the 3822 you’ll have 36 of them.
If this idea (I’ve still only heard it as rumour) of a simple card is to work in practice then I think you would need something like your counterpart to the driving license. Make a document that Sqns can print off at sqn extracted from SMS and that way anything that needs to be written on such as a WHT on a range day can be done so. (It also allows you to revoke the WHT if need be)
The other prong to make this work is an update to SMS and creation of a shooting activity type. Make it similar to the Pipe where someone has to log in and tick the box confirming they are IC and then beside each cadet attending have a drop down list of weapon type and tick box for pass/fail. Only the activity IC can tick to confirm the cadet has passed the test. When the activity is marked as complete, SMS automatically updates the individual cadets records.
Have it do the same for staff, then when SATT teams do the same it will cascade from there and you have an auditable chain with less admin. Staff & Cadets can go shooting, there is a physical document for viewing on the range. If it is lost it can be printed off at Sqn showing all the details and Bader is actually updated as well as giving you an audit trail (so people will be compelled to comply).
I think the biggest wrong assumption that seams to be made, at all levels, is that people will do what they are told and what they are meant to do as opposed to thinking a rule is stupid and either ignoring it or making up their own loops holes around it (or half listening to a rule and not using a brain cf. DPM Rank Slides).