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Estevan army cadet graduates from summer marksmanship program

Cadet Akara Reeves was among more than 50 to graduate from the program on Aug. 5.

OTTAWA - Cadet Akara Reeves with the No. 2901 Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corps (RCACC) in Estevan graduated Aug. 5 from the Fullbore Marksmanship Phase 1 course.

The four-week summer training experience was conducted at the Connaught Cadet Training Centre, located west of Ottawa.

"I joined the cadet program because I wanted to try something new as a hobby instead of just laying around. I also really like military movies, so I wanted to try something similar," said Reeves, 14, who joined the No. 2901 RCACC in December 2019.

She was selected to participate in the ceremonial first shot on the 100-yard range at Connaught.

The Fullbore Marksman Phase 1 Course provides 55 cadets from across Canada with an opportunity to develop as a specialist. Each cadet is trained to seek the attitude, skills, and subject matter knowledge required to participate in fullbore marksmanship as an individual competitor. Activities include team skill development and marksmanship.

“I chose the fullbore course because I’m really into shooting and it was the only course I was interested in," said Reeves. “My goal is to get a perfect target and to improve my breathing techniques."

In the summer of 2023, Reeves has the opportunity to attend the Fullbore Phase 2 course where she and other cadets will refine their marksmanship abilities. The top 18 graduates next year will be selected as members of the 2024 National Rifle Team to represent Canada in a competition at Bisley, England. Cadets will also participate in tours of various locations in Belgium and France.