A friend of mine is an officer in the CCF at the school where she teaches. When I spoke to her this weekend she told me how most of the cadets had failed their weapon handling test, which was conducted by soldiers from the local cadet training team. Apparently the major mistake was at the beginning of the test where the rifle was on the table, with the safety catch off, and the cadet was asked to take control of the rifle. The cadets picked up the rifle then put the safety catch to safe before continuing further. According to the cadet training team this was wrong, the cadets should have put the safety catch to safe before even picking up the rifle. (I hope this description of events makes sense.) So my question is, are the weapon drills for cadets now different to those used by the rest of the Army? I had always been taught (both when in the CCF and the OTC) that when taking control of the rifle you pick it up and then put the saftey catch to safe.