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[By Skirmisher. 1 Items of interest concerning Corps (Town and Country), Shooting, and Territorial notes generally will be accepted. Copy, addressed to "Skirmisher," should be in hand not later than Monday morning. To all members of the Defence Forces and to reader.? of this column 1 extend the compliments of the season. Colonel Nichols, Officer Commanding tho Otago District, and Major Kickoy, D.5.0.. General Staff officer,' are at present in Wellington on business in connection with the department. Thev will return to lluttediu towards the end of the week. | A number of men from Auckland. Wellington, Canterbury, ami Ota,";o who have joined the third reinforcements, of the Expeditionary Force received special trainI ing to tit them for non-commissioned officers' rank. At the close of the clatvi of instruction a practical examination was held in squad and company drill, with tho following result* so far a* the Otago men are concerned:—Regimental quarter-master-sergeant, Sergeant C. A. Roach. Quartermaster-sergeant Otago and Canter, bury, Sergeant Eric Napier. Company c.ergeant.s-inajor : Xo. 1 Company. Sergeant J. M. Napier; Xo. 2 Company. , :•' -rijcur .). Cuihill. Sergeants: Fir.'t i Otago Company—F. Ad-.tmnoii, K. c. pi;',. j ing.' I ico._ J-. Viy.c ihivci, ::).„'i!!|. Kiiciicyburt> : N;j. 2 Company—Gordon Forbes, F. W. Mackny. If. P. Childs. Cecil 11. Bel!. The.--o appointments are probaiiomvy. and . will _be confirmed on tho boat. Pay according to rank will bo from December 16. Good entries have been received from Dunedin for the Southland Rifle Association'* Meeting, which commences at Invercurgill on Roxinsr Day. The Kiwi Rifle Club arc sending 11, Dunedin Rifle Club 4. while Oamaru (4!. Rnice (10). and Kaitanjjata (6) will also represent this district. The following copy of a headquarters letter ir. published for information: "With reference to nnv dry canteens conducted at future camp's, note that the saie of patent medicine.: and dnti's is strictly prohibited, and any future canteen condition.- niti-t have a chitse to this effect inserted. Men requiring attention in camp should bo attended to by tho camp medical officers, and their dosing themselves with patent medicines av drttcts should be discouraged.'' Tho following dates for annual camp have been approved bv Headquarters: 4th tOtago) Regiment. i6th to 24th April. 1915; 14th (South Otncoj Hodmen;. 18th April to 1-t Mav. 1915": Xo. 2 Field Ambulance. 16th to 24th Apiil. 1915. The following officers have passed by examination in subjects set opposite their names: -Lieutenant (temporary Captain) H. J. Redmond. N.Z. Staff Corps, fd) T.. id) 11.. id) 111., id) IV.. .a"), and lii : Second Lieutenant A. C. Finlaysou. 12th Mounted Rifles, (a) ; Second l.ip'.itenant,-, T. V>. Hartley and C. K. I'.atc-li.-v. 8d (Southland) Regiment, {-a) \ Second Lieutenant K. M. Gabriics, Bth (Sr-nfMand) Regiment, fa). The Defence Minister ulie Hon. .las. Alleil) states thai the Government have made arrangements that all pay warrants left by mem hew of the Xew Zealand Expeditionary Force shall be made available for payment before the Christmas holidays, and that a similar course has been adopted in regard to payment of all superannuation allowances, in view of the Christmas and X~ew Year holiday. Lieutenant James Garfield Crawford. M.8.. M.R.C.S.. England, has been prol moted to the rank of captain in the Medical Corps. Second Lieutenants A. W. T. O'Sullivan. Joseph Atwill, and Thilip B. Renham, tinattached list (b), have received notice of their promotion to the rank of lieutenant. Cecil M'Lean Smith has been appointed second lieutenant ion probation) to the Otago Rov.-' Hitrh School Senior Cadets, and Matthew Alexander second lieutenant (on probation) to the Gore High School. The following transfers of officers in the Otago district have been gazetted : —4th (Otago) Regiment, Lieutenant C. S. Hick* to the New Zealand Army Service Corps; Bth (Southland) Regiment, Second Licutei.aut James G. Stewart to New Zealand Army Service Corps; 10th (North Otasro: Recjim.ent—Lieutenant J. S. Bain to 7th (Wellington) Regiment: Second Lieutenant W. E. Franciso di Delli Flower to 6th (Hauraki) Regiment; Unattached List (hj). Lieutenant P. 0. Edmondson from the Southland Boys' Hich School Senior Cadets to Gisbome High School Senior Cadets: Second Lieutenant C. M'Carthy from Gore Senior Cadets (No. 12 Company) to tho Dunedin Technical School Senior Cadets (78th Company); Second Lieutenant R. if. Watson from the Port Chalmers Senior Cadets to the Jfornington Senior Cadets. A district exercise without troops will beheld in tho vicinity of Palmenston South for the New Zealand Staff Corps, Royal New Zealand Artillerj, and Senior Territorial officers from the Ist to 3rd January next. The general idea of the exercise is that South Catnerbury, North Otago, and South Otago are small but warlike States. A defensive alliance exists between South Canterbury and North Otago. The northern frontier of North Otago is the Waitaki River, and the southern frontier the Shag River. North Otago declares wax on South Canterbury on December 31, 1914. South Otago orders a general mobilisation on that date. According to tho special idea, North Otago wants to gain a decisive victory over South Canterbury before South Otago can assist. Tho forces to be engaged are the sth Regiment Mounted Rifles, B Battery Field Artillery, and one section field ambulance. These troops arc assumed to be at Hampden on the night of December 31. Tho remainder of the troops are on the line of the Waitaki River. Tho scheme will be worked out from this basis, and will prove very instructive to those officers taking part. Rifle shooting as a means of training our Territorials to a knowledge of their rifles, and at the same time make tho training interesting, should be taken advantage of b.v all officers commanding units. A certain amount of ammunition is annually given to each unit for the purpose of carrying out the musketry course as laid down by regulations; but when that course is finished very little more shooting is done by the Territorials for that year. Tho musketry course aims at teaching the recruit how "to sight his rifle at all distances, and how to hold on a target should his barrel carry to the right or left. With a view of encouraging the men to go further certain sums of money are allowed for group and rifle association shooting competitions. Tho former is open to Territorials and Senior Cadets, and the latter to all branches of the Defence Forces. To my mind this is not enough, and every facility should be given to the Territorials and Cadets to do more shooting in the way of intercompany contests and field-firing competitions. Wo hear many arguments in regard to bull's-eye and service shooting, and, without wishing in any way to put tho bull's-eye before the service target, I fearlessly say that if we want our boys to learn to' shoot teach them first at a stationary black-and-white target at known distances. Here they learn to pull the trigger, take aim properly, and gain a knowledge of the effect of the wind on the bnlTets. After a thorough grounding in bull'6-eye- shooting, then take them on to the service target and see the result. After they have once learned to shoot there is no need to go back to the bull'seye, but they can go 6teadily onward increasing their knowledge of shooting under purely tTvice conditions, such as shooting behind cover, at moving targets, and, finally, at unknown distances, which is the nardest of all. The range accommodation in Dunedin is good, and at the present time 16 targets are available. I hope when the New Year commences to see more company shooting than formerly.

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TERRITORIALS., Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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TERRITORIALS. Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914