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Jun 10 2022

Operational Shooting Competition

A decisive gun battle saw eight teams compete during the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Operational Shooting Competition at the South East training areas of Ash, Pirbright and Barossa from 23 to 27 May 2022.

Teams from 10, 13, 16, 22, and 30 Signal Regiments, 5 Force Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, 9 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, and Gurkha ARRC Support Battalion represented 1st Signal Brigade and 104th Theatre Sustainment Brigade, who recently reorganised under the ARRC.

"We are one of the Field Army subordinate formations and we have a responsibility to run operational shooting competitions," said Colonel Eddy Carter, ARRC Assistant Chief of Staff Policy.

Competitions like this help maintain our operational readiness. Basic skills are absolutely fundamental to military success, and I think we can probably see that in Europe at the minute
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One of the shooters from 1st Signal Brigade adjusting his sights during one of the practise shoots.
"It's really vital that we get some of that synergy between the different, diverse regiments, so that if nothing else, people understand a little bit about what other people do by discussing during the competition," said Carter._nato4
Shooters from The Royal Gurkhas Rifles and Queens Own Gurkha Logistics Regiment adopting less conventional firing positions during the competition.

The Gurkha ARRC Support Battalion took most of the accolades, placing first in best fire team, while their own Corporal Arshu Gurung, a logistician, was named the competition's best shooter.

"The spirit of the team and dedication of the boys, this is why we made it and why I'm so happy," said Gurung, who's competed in the Army OSC where he's ranked fourth before, and was able to share his experience with the team. "I'm absolutely proud of my boys."

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One of the teams from 104th Theatre Sustainment Brigade preparing to advance to the firing point.
For the first time under the ARRC, the competitors tested their core military skills during the live-fire shooting event, which assessed individuals and team performance on operational shooting for a chance to compete at the British Army OSC.

Story by Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Public Affairs Office

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