The Commander–in-Chief of the Netherlands Armed Forces formally invited the SA Army Reserve to participate in the Netherlands International Shooting Competition for Reserves. The invitation was for a Reserve Force team of 10 members plus a coach and manager to take part in their annual Skill at Arms Meeting over the period 08 to 14 October 2015 at the Infantry Shooting Base in Harskamp Netherlands (NISC).
This is an annual event and attendance in the result of a joint venture between the Reserve Force Council and the SA Army. The RFC sponsors the airfares, overseas allowances, entry fees, accommodation and meals. This forms part of their annual plan and the budget is received from the SANDF. The SA Army supplies the Item 10 Person wages, the training equipment and ammunition. These SA Army Reserve teams have been participating with great success over the past 4 years. The 2013 overall championship in Netherland was won by the South African team. The success of that team, in winning the competition at the 2013 Championship had a major positive impact on how the other countries participating viewed the standard of training of the South African Army members.
In early 2000 it was decided to formalise the Gold Cup Shooting competition more closely with the Chief Director Force Preparation at Army HQ due to its training format. This lead to the establishment of ARSA Army Reserve Shooting Association, later to become SAARSA, SA Army Reserve Shooting Association. This also lead to the development of the competition into the Chief SA Army Combat Rifle Championship where over 400 Reserves from the SA Army compete for top honours.
To levelling of the playing field between the very good shooting units and the newcomers necessitated the introduction of a development class. This enables individuals who had not yet had exposure to shooting, to compete against members of equivalent standard. After firing in the competition for three years they are moved up from the development class to the open class. There is also a category for females to compete and which also proving very popular with over fifty ladies competing this year. This led to a rejuvenation of shooting within the Reserve units and an improvement in the overall shooting skills of these units and the SA Army as a whole. The development program was further expanded with two training camps scheduled through Regt Mooi River in Potchefstroom. A program has been developed by the University of Stellenbosch under the guidance of Dr Sheryl Calder, called the Eye Gym Program. This program is computer based using a keyboard and mouse to enhance hand- eye co ordination which is ideal for training shottists. This program for the development shottists was sponsored by funds from the RFC with exceptionally positive results.
The Team selection is now made up of the top three members from the open section, the top three members from the development section and the top three ladies, all of whom having fired in the current local competition.
Team Manager: Lt Col V. Mbali -Regt Piet Retief
Team Coach: Col R. Van Zanten-Inf Fmn
Lt Col H. Stark- Regt Mooi River*
Lt E. Botha- Natal Carbineers
Sgt E. Roux- Regt Mooi River (F)
Sgt B. Seleka -Regt De La Rey
Cpl N. Nhlapo- Natal Carbineers
L/Cpl T. Viti -Cape Town Rifles (F)
Rfn V. Bunge- Natal Carbineers
Rfn P. Mokgheti- Regt De La Rey
Tpr L. Verwey -Regt Pres Steyn (F)
Gnr A. Wink -Vrystaat Artillerie Regt (F)
*Replaced Lt J. Lock who was a late withdrawal
Thursday 8 Nov 2015 arrive in Netherlands. Departure from Schiphol International Airport to Infantry School at Harskamp.
Friday 9 Nov 2015 – weapons orientation and briefing.
Saturday 10 Nov 2015 – Opening parade and movement to shooting ranges – Compete in 2 x rifle events and 1 x pistol event. Utilize indoor rifle simulator. Participate in Gala evening and prize giving ceremony.
Sunday 11 Nov 2015 afternoon movement to Amsterdam.
Monday 12 Nov 2015 visit and view Museums.
Tuesday 13 Nov 2015 - visit to SA Embassy in The Hague and there after return to RSA.
14 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN NISC 2015
Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom. This included 153 participants.
Rifle Colt M4 .556 mm Assault Rifle with Aim Point Red Dot Sight.
This series is fired at 100m, 200m and 300m. Fired in the standing, kneeling and prone positions. Fired rapid fire with compulsory magazine change (to ensure that the member’s rifle drills are up to scratch). Timings are 10 rounds in 30 seconds in the standing position. 10 rounds in 20 seconds in the kneeling position. 10 rounds in the prone position in 20 seconds.
C7 (M 16) .556mm ASSUALT RIFLE
This series is fired at 100m, 200m and 300m. Fired in the standing , kneeling, sitting and prone positions. Fired rapid fire with compulsory magazine change ( to ensure that the members rifle drills are up to scratch). Timings are 10 rounds in 30 seconds in the standing position. 10 rounds in 20 seconds in the kneeling position, 10 rounds in the sitting position in 20 seconds and 10 rounds in the prone position in 20 seconds. This exercise is fired with normal iron sights.
GLOCK 17 9mm PARABELLUN PISTOL
This series is fired at 25m. Fired in the standing, kneeling, sitting and prone positions. Fired rapid fire with compulsory magazine change (to ensure that the member’s pistol drills are up to scratch). Timings are 10 rounds in 30 seconds in the standing position. 10 rounds in 20 seconds in the kneeling position, 10 rounds in the sitting position in 20 seconds and 10 rounds in the prone position in 20 seconds. This exercise is fired with normal iron sights.
SA Team RESULTS
Overall Rifle Colt Aimpoint: 2nd place Rfn P. Mokgheti.
Rifle Colt Aimpoint: 3rd place Rfn V. Bunge.
Rifle C7: 2nd place Lt E. Botha.
Out of 153 competitors.
Rifle Colt Aimpoint 2nd place SA Army Reserve Team.
Rifle C7 2nd place SA Army Reserve Team.
Out of 14 countries.
Visit to the Museums
The team then departed from the training camp back to Amsterdam. We were fortunate to visit the Arnhem Military Museum which was established to pay homage to the Allied paratroopers who participated in the biggest paratrooper assault ever mounted. More than 15000 men jumped from aircraft that fateful day and unfortunately suffered heavy losses.
Visit to the SA Embassy at the Hague.
The Reserve team arranged to pay a courtesy visit to the SA Embassy and had tea with the Ambassador, His Excellency Ambassador Koloane. The Ambassador was truly happy with the successes of the South African team and has indicated that next year he would want to host a function for the team and invite other African Ambassadors and Military Attaches to attend. In so doing indicate that African countries can showcase their capabilities in Europe.
This concluded a superb tour whereby the members really benefited. The team would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the Reserve Force Council and the Chief of the SA Army for having given them this opportunity
Annual UK NATO Reserves Skill at Arms competition held at Castlelaw Range and Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh, Scotland
The SANDF was invited to send a team of Reserves from 9 to 11 May 2008, to participate in the annual UK NATO Reserves Skill at Arms competition held at Castlelaw Range and Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh, Scotland. The competition consisted of: combat rifle, pistol, battle casualty drills, command and control tasks.
Reserve members from Belgium, Canada, England, Estonia, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Scotland, South Africa and Wales participated in the event.
The South Africans came first in the battle casualty drill, first in the individual combat rifle event (Lt E. Irle of Witwatersrand Rifles), second in the combat rifle team event and won the award for the team with the best spirit and motivation.
The team comprised of the following members: Maj Daniel Motsamai - Transvaal Scottish Regiment - Team coach. Maj Braam Korff - Regiment President Steyn - Team manager. Lt Erich Irle - Witwatersrand Rifles. Lt Johan Loock - Witwatersrand Rifles. 2Lt Johnny Holtzhauzen - Regiment President Steyn. CO Craven Godola - Regiment Piet Retief. Bdr Willie De Wet - Vrystaat Artillerie Regiment. L Cpl Rudie Mentor - Regiment President Steyn. Rfn Tshidiso Mokgethi - Regiment De La Rey.
The first Chief of the SA Army Combat Rifle Championships, which was held for in Bloemfontein in March 2008. The Reserves were well represented with 245 members participating in the Championship and representing 24 Reserve units (one of the largest gatherings of Reserve units in the last 15 years). This enabled the SA Army to select a representative and capable team to compete in Scotland. Congratulations to the members who trained hard to obtain these excellent results.