Marksmanship is one of the most popular cadet training activities. It focuses on teaching cadets the proper use and safe handling of firearms for recreational purposes only. The marksmanship program is based on Olympic-style competition. Self-confidence, acceptance of responsibility and sports etiquette are just some of the life skills acquired from the training. A healthy respect for firearms, the development of proficient use of rifles for sport and recreational purposes, and an improvement in self-discipline are additional benefits. Cadets use the Daisy 853C air rifle that fires a .177 calibre pellet Throughout the year, cadets participate in a series of competitions at the local level that culminate in zone and territorial/provincial competitions and the annual National Cadet Marksmanship Championship.
Any cadet, from any level, may try out for the Marksmanship Team.
Training dates and times can be found in the 51 Squadron Event Calendar
Training locations can be found in the 51 Squadron Event Calendar
Qualifications are based on shooting 10 pellets onto two targets for all levels. The 10 pellets are fired on the same relay. The highest qualification attained during the year is retained. For a Marksman qualification, a cadet must obtain two groupings of 3 cm on two targets. Cadet Marksmanship Championships Series Pins are awarded when a member competes in the various levels of competition.