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Department of National Defence

September 10, 2013 17:28 ET

Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration Begins in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 10, 2013) - Yesterday, soldiers and police officers from across Canada and three foreign militaries gathered in Ottawa for the start of the Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC), which will run until September 21.

CAFSAC is held annually at the Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre. Competitors this year are comprised of small arms teams from the Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force, Primary Reserve and Ranger Patrol Groups, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as teams from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States.

The purpose of these competitions is to generate interest and improve competitors' core marksmanship proficiencies. These competitions also provide the advanced skills and experience necessary to develop expert marksmanship instructors and coaches in units across the Canadian Armed Forces.

"These competitions will test the core soldier skills of combat fitness and marksmanship. I am sure you participants will find the competitions both challenging and rewarding professionally," said Major-General Stephen Bowes, Commander Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre.

"I congratulate all the competitors for making it this far. They are the best of their respective divisions," said Brigadier-General Omer Lavoie, Commander, 4th Canadian Division. "This competition focuses on a core competency for any service member."

"The Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration is designed to improve marksmanship and small arms proficiency, by providing a national-level competition that develops a cadre of credible marksmanship experts," said Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Groulx, director of CAFSAC. "The sailors, soldiers, Rangers, airmen and airwomen, upon returning to their units, can use their expertise gained from this experience to develop other individuals and increase the unit's overall proficiency and operational readiness."

Small arms proficiency is a fundamental skill for Canadian Armed Forces members. The CAFSAC competition allows the Canadian Armed Forces and competing countries the opportunity to recognize service personnel for their hard work and dedication to improving their marksmanship skills.

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