badge, special, British, Air Training Corps, Marksman
A prize badge to an ATC Marksman, being a horizontal .303 rifle, pointing left, surmounted centrally by a Queen's crown with a red cap, all embroidered in pale blue onto a blue-grey fabric backing, cut to shape.
Two other types of Marksman badge may be worn by ATC members. The RAF crossed rifles badge may be worn upon qualification and annual re-qualification at RAF standard. A badge awarded by the National Rifle Association (the "NRA Cadets hundred"), consisting of a bowman and rifleman with the date of the award added below, may also be worn upon achieving a maximum score at Bisley.
The Air Training Corps was formed in February 1941, absorbing most of the Air Defence Cadet Corps (ADCC) in the process. The success of the ADCC had demonstrated the advantages to early training of cadets who entered quickly into active service once they had entered the RAF or Fleet Air Arm. The ATC was integrated into the RAF as part of Training Command. After the Second World War, the ATC became part of Reserve Command and bore the objective of promoting the Air Force and providing training.