About the Cadet Summer Training Centre
The ranges at Connaught have been in operation since the 1920's serving the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Cadet Movement. In 1989 Connaught National Army Cadet Summer Training Center (CNACSTC) was established under the name Army Cadet Concentration (Ottawa) to allow all marksmanship courses across Canada to amalgamated at Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre (CRPTC) and become standardized. Prior to that time, cadets had been attending several cadet camps throughout Canada taking part in marksmanship courses hoping to get the top prize of a ticket to Bisley. When Connaught first opened its doors it had only four platoons (three Basic Marksman equivalent platoons and a Fullbore Phase II equivalent platoon) plus the National Rifle Team.
Throughout the 1990's and early 2000's Connaught was home to all stages of the summer marksmanship courses, the Physical Education & Recreational Training course, the Basic Parachutists course, and all of the Army Cadet Exchanges (ACE).
The focal point of Connaught NACSTC is its marksmanship training. The first stage of the marksmanship program is the three-week Basic Marksman (BM) course where the cadets learn and perfect basic shooting skills using the Daisy 853C Air Rifle. The second stage is the six-week Fullbore Marksman Phase I (FBM I) course, which consists of 100 candidates from across Canada. They are instructed on the 5.56 mm, C11 Target Rifle along with an emphasis on leadership training. If they place in the top thirty-six of the course, cadets receive an invitation to the third phase, the Fullbore Marksman Phase II (FBM II) course. The FBM II course uses the 7.62 mm, C12 Target Rifle and candidates receive extensive competition exposure. They participate in various shooting competitions including the Ontario Rifle Association (ORA) matches at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden, the National Cadet Full-bore Competition (NCFC) and the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association (DCRA) annual prize meet at Connaught Ranges.
Those cadets finishing in the top eighteen of the FBM II course form the National Rifle Team (NRT) for the fourth stage. The NRT practices at Connaught Ranges, travels to the United Kingdom (UK) to compete in Cadet Matches and the National Rifle Association matches at Bisley. Upon returning to Canada, they compete in the NCFC and DCRA matches and assist in coaching the FBM I course. In addition to these activities, Connaught also hosts fourteen members of the UK Army Cadets Force and eighteen members of The British Cadet Rifle Team (Athelings).
Connaught NACSTC also has the six-week Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor (ARMI) Course. This course is given to cadets of the three elements (Sea, Army and Air). The ARMI course consists to develop the cadets' individual air rifle marksmanship and summer biathlon specialty skills while reinforcing and further developing their leadership and instructional techniques skills preparing them to support these two specialty activities at the corps/squadron, CSTC or during regionally and/or nationally directed activities.
Connaught NACSTC is also the home of the exchange program for the army cadets that are a combination of cultural visits and physically demanding training. Army cadets from across Canada gather at Connaught to prepare for these exchanges. Smaller groups travel to Australia and South Korea as part of the International Army Cadet Exchange. Three larger groups include the Maple Leaf Exchange (England), Outward Bound Scotland and Outward Bound Wales these cadets train with the cadets from the United Kingdom.
Additionally, Connaught NACSTC provides logistical support to International Sea and Air Cadet Exchanges.