This page contains the rules for the 2019 Staffordshire Wing Field Training Day Competition. The rules have been uploaded onto this page for easy reference and distribution to cadets, NCOs, and staff involved in preparing for the day. Each section also contains the rules in PDF format for a printer friendly version.

Please note that whilst changes to the rules is not expected, any such changes will be sent out via email to all Staffordshire Wing Bader accounts, uploaded onto the Staffordshire Wing SharePoint site, and also updated here.

Current version date: 30 March 2019 (2019 Initial Upload)

Overall Rules

GENERAL

  1. Competitions. The WFTD will consist of eight scoring competitions:
    1. Aero modelling
    2. Aircraft recognition
    3. Banner Drill
    4. Drill
    5. First Aid
    6. Media
    7. Radio Communication
    8. Shooting
  2. Competition rules. Each competition is subject to individual rules specific to the nature of the activities to be undertaken and are listed in this document which is available to download from the Staffordshire Wing SharePoint Site.
    1. Revisions. It is not anticipated that changes to these rules will be required after publication. Should any changes become necessary, these will be promulgated by email to all units with amended documentation uploaded to SharePoint.
  3. Scoring and judgements. Individual competitions will be assessed by judges appointed by the OIC on the advice of the designated Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) / OIC competition. Wherever possible, independent judges outside of Staffordshire Wing will be appointed to judge competitions impartially. Where independent judges could not be appointed, multiple judging staff will be appointed and they will not be involved in the assessment of their own unit’s submissions.
    1. Judgment queries. All queries requiring judgements should not be brought to the OIC Competition or competition judging staff but to the OIC WFTD or Chief Judge.
      1. Feedback. Whilst it is recognised that feedback is a useful tool to promote improvement in future performance, the timescales of the competition day mean that there is little slack time available. With the exception of the Aeromodelling Competition, feedback will not be given on the day of the competition. All marking records are retained by the Chief Judge and feedback will be provided, on request, after the final results are formally published.
      2. Harassment. Units of personnel who, in the opinion of the OIC or Chief Judge, are harassing judging staff may, at the discretion of the OIC or Chief Judge, be disqualified from that competition.
    2. Tied results. Whilst tied results will be permitted for all competition elements, the Chief Judge reserves the right to implement a tie-break process based on information gathered from the marking results and from discussions with competition judges. This will ensure that an appropriate entry may be selected for the Regional Field Training Day.
    3. The judgement of the OIC and Chief Judge is final.
  4. Overall scoring and final placing. All competitions carry equal weighting in the overall competition.
    1. Point scoring. The marks from the individual competitions will be ranked from highest to lowest. The highest marked unit will be issued with maximum points (31). Units will be awarded in order a descending number of points.
    2. Equal scoring. In the event of two or more units scoring an equal mark in a competition, they will receive an equal number of points towards the overall point score. The next placed unit(s) will score the appropriately reduced score as outlined in the example below:
      1. If second place is tied three ways, the three units will score 30 points each. The next placed unit will occupy the fifth place and will therefore score 27 points.
    3. Nil entries. Nil entries for a competition will receive no points to contribute to the final overall point score.
    4. Overall point score. The overall point score is calculated by adding up the point scores of each individual competition.
    5. Final ranking. Units will be ranked in order of overall point score. All mark entries are double-checked by the Chief Judge and Scorer on entry and entered, when agreed, into the final mark sheet.
    6. Tied rankings. Tied rankings will be permitted.
  5. Publication of results. The result data will be held in confidence for the duration of the competition period. Only the Chief Judge and Scorer will be permitted to know the positions of units in the placing’s for units prior to the official announcement of the results.
    1. Announcement of results. The overall results and other placings that warrant award of a certificate or trophy will be announced during the final parade.
    2. Publication of results. The point score results summary will be published on the Staffordshire Wing SharePoint site within one calendar week of the completion of the competitions.

Download  WFTD 2018 - Overall Rules (136 KB)

Aeromodelling Competition

General

  1. The competition will contain 2 categories:
    1. Category 1: Wing Model (1/72 scale aircraft)
    2. Category 2: Aircraft Diorama
  2. Squadrons can only enter one model per category.
  3. Models must be accompanied by their modellers or a representative from the squadron so that any questions may be asked during the Wing Field Training Day by the judges.
  4. Models will be displayed by category and there is to be no cadet or squadron information attached.
  5. Registration will open at 0830hrs and will close at 1030hrs prompt.
  6. Any squadron trying to enter a model after 1030hrs will not be entered into the competition.
  7. On arrival the individual squadrons are to register each model with the judges. On registration the individual model will be issued with a unique number card. The number card must be displayed next to each model.
  8. No models from previous years can be entered into the competition. Previous year’s models were photographed during the previous competition for reference.
  9. All models must be complete. Part built or unfinished models will not be allowed to enter.

Category 1: Wing Model

  1. This will be a 1/72 scale aircraft.
  2. This must have “Wheels Down”.
  3. The squadron must provide all necessary assembly products for the production of the Wing Model other than the initial model. This will be provided by Staffordshire Wing prior to the completion.
  4. The model does not require the pilot in the cockpit. This is at squadrons’ discretion.
  5. The model must be painted in accordance with the colour schemes provided with model.

Category 2: Aircraft Diorama

  1. The base should be no greater than 40cm x 40cm.
  2. Individual squadrons must provide all necessary kits and assembly products for the production of the diorama.
  3. It must have a title and a brief description of the topic. If there is no title or description of the topic the diorama will be disqualified.
  4. It must have at least one aircraft and this must be accompanied by three or more figures which must be outside the aircraft and painted. These models must be fully formed, ‘3D’ and standalone (they must not be merged into other elements), otherwise the diorama may be disqualified.
  5. The aircraft(s) can be “wheels up” or “wheels down”.

Judging

  1. The judging of the competition will be by independent judges.
  2. Judging will take place from 1030hrs onwards.
  3. Judging will be completed no later than 1400hrs and feedback will be available from 1430hrs onwards.
  4. During the initial judging, models deemed not to fit the criteria set out in these rules will be disqualified and will not be judged.
  5. Constructive feedback will be given. Any feedback provided is given in good faith.
  6. The judging decision is final.
  7. Harassment of the Judging team will not be tolerated and any squadron deemed to be harassing will have all their models disqualified from the competition.

Contact

  1. Point of Contact: Civilian Instructor Alan Ewart, Wing Modelling Officer.
  2. Email: 239@aircadets.org.

Download  WFTD 2018 - Aeromodelling (133 KB)

Aircraft Recognition Competition

General

  1. There are two separate classes to the competition as follows:
    1. Under-16 Class. For each stage of the competition, any air cadet who has not reached their 16th birthday before the day of corps the competition is eligible to enter the under-16 competition.  Corps Comp will be in 4th week of November 2019.
    2. Open Class. For each stage of the competition, any air cadet, regardless of age, is eligible to enter the Open Class, whether or not they are also an individual entrant or team member in the U-16 Class; provided that they are a current member of the RAF Air Cadets on the day of the competition.  For example, a cadet whose 20th birthday fell on 31 Oct would be eligible to enter the Stage 2 competition on 30 Oct – but would have “aged-out” before the Stage 3 competition in November. It is an “open to everyone” competition, not an “Over-16” competition.
  2. Each competition is based on a team event for squadron teams of 3 cadets, and on an individual event in which all individuals making up the team compete automatically, but in which other individuals may also be entered; the team and individual events may be run concurrently.
  3. The winning squadron team (and the winning individual cadet, if not already a member of the winning team) is to be nominated for the next stage of the competition at regional level. The team that goes forward is the winning squadron team, not a composite wing team.
  4. At each stage of the competition, the highest scoring individual goes through to the next stage of the competition – whether they are a member of the winning team or not. If they are a member of the winning team they go through as a member of that team – ie. only 3 cadets go through to the next stage.
  5. If the highest scoring individual is not a member of the winning team they go through to the next stage, in their own right, as an individual. Consequently, 4 cadets go forward to the next stage: the winning team of 3, and the winning individual.  This is the ONLY circumstance in which 4 cadets can go forward.
  6. The individual entrant is not there to make up the numbers. Every entrant has to earn their place.

SYLLABUS

  1. The syllabus, comprised of two lists of aircraft, will be promulgated by HQ RAFAC (TG3), updated annually.
  2. At all three levels, aircraft for Under-16 competitions should be drawn from List 1 while aircraft for the Open Competitions should be drawn from both List 1 and List 2.
  3. Lists 1 and 2 are provided at Annexes 1 and 2 respectively. These lists are revised annually.

COMPETITION FORMAT

  1. At every stage of the competition, in each class (Under 16 and Open) there must be 30 views of different aircraft selected from the appropriate syllabus (List 1 for the U-16 Class and both list 1 and 2 for the Open Class) with 3 additional “tie-breaker” views which will only count towards an individual’s score in the event of a tie for first or second place. The views must be presented on 35mm slides or in PowerPoint format projected on a screen in a size appropriate to the room and viewing distance. At least 18 out of the 30 will be of military aircraft.  Each view will be exposed for up to 2 seconds. The two competitions (U-16 and Open) may be run concurrently if time constraints require this.
  2. Stage 1 (Wing) and Stage 2 (Region) competitions are to follow same format as the National Finals, except that exposure times may be increased to 4 seconds maximum at Stage 1 finals and 3 seconds at Stage 2.

MARKING

  1. One point will be awarded for the correct identification of the basic type of the aircraft shown.
    1. The aircraft's mark or series is not needed, except where there might be an ambiguity without it. For example "Mirage" covers a range of several widely-differing types, therefore the mark must be given - eg "Mirage F1", "Mirage 2000". Nevertheless, in general a name or a letter/number designation is normally sufficient - eg "Hawk"; either "F-16" or "Fighting Falcon"; "Sentinel"; either "C-5" or "Galaxy"; etc
    2. Where a competitor chooses to give both the name and the designation, there must be no conflict between the two - eg for a view of an F-15 Eagle, the answers "F-15", "Eagle", "F-15 Eagle" are acceptable, but answers such as "F-15 Fighting Falcon” or "F-16 Eagle" are not.
    3. For former Soviet or Warsaw Pact aircraft, the NATO reporting name and the letter/number designation (eg "FULCRUM", "MIG-29") are equally acceptable.

CONTACT

  1. Point of Contact: Flt Lt Steve Baker.
  2. Email: oc.1046@aircadets.org.

REFERENCES

  1. ACTO 104

ANNEXES:

  1. Aircraft Recognition Syllabus List 1 (effective 01 Jan 19)
  2. Aircraft Recognition Syllabus List 2 (effective 01 Jan 19)

Download  WFTD 2018 - Aircraft Recognition - including Syllabus Lists (232 KB)

Banner Drill Competition

  1. Overall information on the Banner Drill competitions can be found in ACTO 120 (PDF).
  2. Download the  2019 Banner Drill Sequence (457 KB).
  3. This document has been downloaded from the ACTO 120 Banner Drill Competition Folder on 30 March 2019. Please ensure that you are using the most up to date copy.

CONTACT

  1. Point of Contact: WO Andrew Lennon RAFAC, Wing Warrant Officer.
  2. Email: wwo.staffs@aircadets.org.

Drill Competition

  1. Overall information on the drill competition can be found in  ACTO 120 (170 KB).
  2. Download the  2019 Drill Sequence (397 KB).
  3. This document has been downloaded from the ACTO 120 Foot Drill Competition Folder on 30 March 2019. Please ensure that you are using the most up to date copy.

CONTACT

  1. Point of Contact: WO Andrew Lennon RAFAC, Wing Warrant Officer.
  2. Email: wwo.staffs@aircadets.org.

First Aid Competition

General

  1. The requirements for the first aid competition are as follows:
    1. 4 x Team Members (of any age category)
    2. One of the team members will take on the role of team captain/leader.
    3. 4 x Notepad and pen to take notes.
    4. 4 x Individual first aid kits
    5. 1 x Team first aid kit

RULES

  1. Squadron teams should arrive at the time allocated on the running order, and teams may choose to compete in uniform or in civilian dress. It is to be remembered that participation in the drill and banner competition must take precedence if this conflicts with the time given for attendance at the first aid competition. If this is the case a member of staff from the squadron should attend the first aid competition to explain.
  2. Each team will take part in a team test and each member will take part in an individual test.
  3. The team test will consist of a scenario involving two casualties, and the possibility of bystanders. Teams will be expected to react to the situation dealing with the casualties appropriately. This will be timed at 8 minutes.
  4. The cadets will also be required to complete an individual test and during this will be expected to manage a casualty on their own. This will be timed at 4 minutes.
  5. The running order for the first aid competition will be published prior to the competition day.
  6. Cadets not reporting in accordance with this instruction will not be permitted to take part.
  7. The competition will be set at the Youth First Aid (Bronze Badge) level and will be assessed using the protocols, and advice, given in the 10th Edition Revised of the First Aid Manual.
  8. Teams can bring notebooks and pens with them; you can provide your own first aid kit however one will be provided when asked.
  9. All teams will be excepted to use the phone that is provided to make an emergency phone call.
  10. Staff will be allowed to go into the competition however must not have any recording devices. Any staff doing anything other than observing will be asked to leave and the team disqualified from the competition.
  11. No personal phones are allowed to be taken into the competition.

CONTACT

  1. Point of Contact: Fg Off Will Potts RAFAC, Wing First Aid Officer.
  2. Email: firstaid.staffs@aircadets.org.

Download  WFTD 2019 - First Aid (132 KB)

Media Competition

GENERAL

1. This year there will be a media competition consisting of two parts. The results will again be included in the overall results for the Wing Field Training Day. It is to be noted that there is currently a regional competition for photography, but rules are not released until closer to the time.

PART 1 – MULTIMEDIA COMPETITION

Theme: #NoOrdinaryVolunteer

2. Squadrons are to produce a video product lasting no more than 3 minutes.

    3. In a change to previous year’s themes, this year we want to celebrate the work of the volunteers of the RAFAC. Those staff who make the RAFAC tick, support units, run activities, and provide once in a lifetime opportunities for our cadets. This could be the officers, SNCOs, CIs and CivCom.
  1. 4. What do your staff do on an average night, how has their support helped you achieve things in your air cadet career, why should other adults volunteer their time, what’s it like being a CFAV and what do they gain from membership, what’s their ‘day in the life’, have your staff achieved amazing things thanks to their ATC career? You can use interviews, clips from activities, voiceovers, acting; whatever you choose to tell us the story of volunteering on your unit.

5. The video should demonstrate one of the following:

    a. A promotional recruitment video that could be used by the unit on social media, or on a display at a community event.
    b. A documentary/case study style piece telling the story of specific staff, past or present, and what they have achieved.
    c. A fictional / drama piece where cadets ‘act out’ a script for the theme #NoOrdinaryVolunteer
  1. The video must be uploaded to your unit’s own YouTube channel or Facebook page, with a link sent to media.staffs@aircadets.org.
    1. Entries must be sent to this address by 2100hrs Tuesday 18 June 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  2. Marks are awarded out of 10 in the following categories.
    1. Accurate demonstration of theme.
    2. Creativity / Originality.
    3. Technical skills/ construction (editing, filming, quality of image/ sound)
    4. Suitability to be used as promotional/ instructional content.
  1. Please note: Squadrons that enter photo slideshows set to music will be marked 0 for both creativity and technical skills. An element of original moving footage is required, or the piece must include original audio (such as a voiceover).

PART 2 - PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

  1. This year the photography competition will consist of two categories.
    1. Theme 1 - The RAFAC and its people.
      1. We are looking for the best images of cadets, members of staff and committee members engaged in authorised RAFAC activities. This could be at a Summer Camp, an exotic overseas expedition or a local fete. The requirement is simple; images should show a positive view of member involved in RAFAC activity.
    2. Theme 2 - Aviation.
      1. This category is simply for photographs of aircraft in all their varieties. It could be photos from AEF and VGS, Air Shows or even aircraft on annual camps. The aircraft could be flying or static but should definitely take your breath away!
  1. The results will again be included in the overall results for the Wing Field Training Day.
  2. It is to be noted that there is currently a Regional Competition, however rules for this are not released until closer to the time. Squadrons are encouraged to submit their photos to the RAF Photography Competition.
  3. Notes on submission:
    1. Pictures must have been taken between June 2018 and June 2019.
    2. Each squadron should submit only one photo per category.
    3. Pictures must be submitted digitally; this can be:
      1. Uploaded to photo sharing site such as Flickr, or online storage such as DropBox, or Google Drive, with a link emailed to media.staffs@aircadets.org.
      2. Emailed directly to media.staffs@aircadets.org. The WMCO cannot guarantee confirmation of receipt, so please use a delivery notification. Should you encounter issues, the alternative email address will be Jarrod.williams@me.com.
    4. Emails must be received by COP 2100hrs Tuesday 18 June 2019.
    5. A suggested resolution is 1024x768 pixels and 300 DPI is recommended, however there is no restriction. Files / uploads must clearly show the Sqn number, theme and photographer name. An example filename would be Sqn No_Photographer Name_Theme (eg.1046_Cdt_bloggs_aviation.jpg).
    6. Photographs may be black and white or colour.
    7. Photographs can be enhanced using programs such as Photoshop or Lightroom to improve quality but cannot be manipulated and changed to become a ‘graphic design’ product. This competition is about photography skills and not digital wizardry.
    8. Only cadets may submit entries.
    9. All images will be considered for use by the RAFAC as publicity pictures and must clearly demonstrate the subjects are members of the ATC. These images may be used for the publicity and on the Wing Website. Check ACP 50 or email Sqn Ldr J Williams on the email listed below for advice if you are in doubt as to whether a photograph is suitable to enter.
  1. Marks are awarded out of 10 in the following categories.
    1. Technical photography skills. (Composition, colouring, etc.)
    2. Image quality. (Avoid pixilated or blurred images)
    3. Creativity / originality.
    4. Accurate demonstration of theme.
    5. Suitability to be used as a promotional image.

CONTACT

  1. Point of Contact: Sqn Ldr Jarrod Williams RAFAC, Wing Media Communications Officer.
  2. Email: media.staffs@aircadets.org.

Download  WFTD 2018 - Media (138 KB)

Radio Communications Competition

REQUIREMENTS

  1. To participate, the following conditions must be met:
    1. Three cadets from one squadron will form that squadron’s team.
    2. Cadets competing should be trained or qualified to the Bronze Communication Award standard.
    3. Each cadet is to be in possession of pen and blank notepaper.

RULES

  1. Cadets will be assessed and marks awarded for voice procedures accuracy and radio
    operating standards in some of the following activities:
    1. Use of callsigns which will be assigned to the cadets on the exercise.
    2. Correct use of radio checks and authentications will be assessed. Cadets will be allowed to calculate their authentications before beginning the exercise.
    3. Cadets will be expected to communicate using free nets only.
    4. Callsigns will be given tactical messages to send and receive and will be expected to convert times to radio format (for example, quarter to twelve should be converted to 1145 hours). All say again, verify, 'roger so far' and appropriate prowords will be continually assessed.
    5. COMSEC and use of Beadwindow will be assessed and cadets are expected to know how to use and respond to Beadwindow appropriately.
    6. Three-callsign relay procedures will be assessed. All three team members will be expected to complete a successful relay using the appropriate prowords.
    7. Marks will be awarded for each of 25 different elements within the competition.
    8. All voice procedures and techniques used for the competition will be drawn from ACP44 and Blue / Bronze Communication Award training courses.
    9. Abbreviated procedures will be used throughout, following appropriate establishment of communications using full callsigns.
    10. An independent adjudicator will mark the competition.
    11. The Radio Operator will select the cadets for each element of the competition. It is therefore a requirement that all cadets should be proficient in all operating procedures to be assessed.
    12. There is limited time to run the competition, therefore if the squadron team reports late or fails to arrive for their allocated slot, the assessment will be forfeited, and the squadron may not be allowed to reschedule.
    13. Teams should report to the Radio Operator competition 5 minutes before their allocated slot time and should use the 5 minutes to calculate their authentication codes.
    14. Cadets bringing notes or pre-calculated authentications will be disqualified.
    15. The winning team will be the team with the highest overall score on the day

CONTACT

  1. Point of Contact: Plt Off M Palme
  2. Email: radio.staffs@aircadets.org.

Download  WFTD 2019 - Radio Communications v2 (134 KB)

Shooting Competition

RULES
  1. Squadrons are to enter a team of two cadet firers, male or female and may send a coach if desired.
  2. All team members must meet the minimum requirements for firing an air rifle and have passed a Weapons Handling Test (WHT) on a BSA Scorpion .177 Air Rifle (Single or Multi-Shot version) within the previous 6 months. Firers must not have reached their 20th birthday on the day of the competition. IWT on the BSA Scorpion air rifle will be offered to all sectors prior to WFTD. WHTs may be available on the day dependent on staffing levels – do not rely on this!
  3. Dress will be MTP / DPM, boots & beret.
  4. The shooting competition will be held on WFTD at MOD Stafford 4-site, utilising either the indoor TS25 Air Rifle Range, or an outdoor temporary air rifle range.
  5. Should any team miss their allotted range brief time, they will be unable to enter unless the adjudicator / Wing Shooting Officer decides otherwise.
  6. Both team members must fire on the nominated date and within their allocated time slot. If a unit cannot field a full team, they may compete with only one firer. All firers should be able to group consistently.
  7. The practice to be fired will be a CLF1 grouping practice at 5.5m on NSRA 6 Yards Air 7, 5 target air rifle targets.
  8. Coaching will be allowed. A standard-issue sling may be fitted to the rifle and a support will be provided when required to shoot in the “supported position” but no other shooting aids will be permitted. Spotting scopes / binoculars may be used.
  9. The rifle in use will be a BSA Scorpion .177 air rifle, of either the single shot or multi-shot types. Any multi shot rifles will be fitted with a single shot adaptor for the purposes of this competition. It is recommended that all coaches attend a staff practice session to become familiar with the system, (details will be circulated separately).
  10. Each detail is anticipated to take approximately 20 minutes. A time slot of 40 minutes will be allocated to 3 squadrons together. Squadrons will fire 2 details.
  11. Each firer will receive 20 x .177 pellets. Practice 1 will consist of 2 x 5 round groupings in the prone supported position. Practice 2 will be 2 x 5 round groupings in the prone unsupported position. HPS will be 100.
  12. Scoring will be 10-25 points based on group size achieved for each 5-round grouping.
  13. In the event of a tie the lowest sum of all group sizes will be used to decide the winner.
  14. The scorer’s decision is final.
  15. All Team members must use standard issue hearing and eye protection suitable for air rifle shooting (Standard protection will be made available on the day) – cadet firers or staff coaches who require special eye protection to fit over eye glasses, must provide this themselves (as eye glasses can be of varying sizes and may not fit correctly under standard equipment.) Failure to comply could lead to the team member being removed from the range.
CONTACT
  1. Point of Contact: Flt Lt Richard Vahter RAFAC, Wing Shooting Officer.
  2. Email: shooting.staffs@aircadets.org.
Download the  WFTD 2018 - Shooting (133 KB)