ARCD All Army Experience

Army Reserve Careers Division Career Counselors maintain our Reserve force by retaining good Soldiers. They also need to maintain and build their personal military skills. Participation in organized training is the best way to do so. ARCD sent a contingent of ARCCs to compete in the All Army Small Arms Championships, an advanced combat live-fire training event. Training and skill exercises held are applicable to all military small arms firing disciplines and the event had 213 competitors this year.

“This is my first All Army. I’m learning a lot and enjoying this for sure,” said Army Reserve Career Counselor Sgt. 1st Class Ismael Reyna. All Army includes rifle shooting on Known Distance ranges out to 500 yards with all shots marked and scored. For Reyna and many other Soldiers, events like this are their first opportunity to shoot extended distances with full feedback.

“This is my first All-Army but won’t be my last,” said Sgt. 1st Class Annette Habel, an ARCC from Clairmont, Fla. “I volunteered to come compete and am really glad I did. I foresee that we’re going to have more females come out next year and give the guys more competition.” The pistol events were Habel’s favorites, which included a team event with run requiring all team members to cross the finish line and then shoot together.

In addition to bringing out new shooters, ARCD also boasts a number of experienced, high-level competition shooters, including several assigned to the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program as additional duty. Army Reserve Careers Division Small Arms Team “A”, comprised of team members Staff Sgt. John Arcularius Jr., Sgt. 1st Class John Buol, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Parker and Master Sgt. John McFarland, placed in the top three of all team events for the entire competition. Ultimately, the ARCD team came in second overall. With over 4,000 aggregate match points available at the event, the team match was decided by 0.17 points.

Individually, Army Reserve Careers Division’s own Sgt. Major James Mauer, 3rd Battalion earned his last needed “leg” points and was awarded the Distinguished Rifleman Badge. The Excellence In Competition program was created in 1894 and a total of 3,304 Soldiers have received the Distinguished Rifleman badge since.

In addition to helping the ARCD team, Sgt. 1st Class John Buol won two overall individual aggregates at the event – Combat Pistol and Combined Arms – and was second overall.

ARCD needs ARCCs that retain good personal individual Soldier skills so they may better relate to the Soldier’s they seek to retain. Small arms skills are the top of Soldier-relevant skills. As the results at All Army prove, ARCD Soldiers can shoot!

Results and photos of the event:


History of the USMC Scout Sniper School

To me shooting, (be it requalification, recreational, or competition), was simply practice for greasing the enemy.

We needed the National Competition to keep us sharp, and hone our “man killing skills” against the other armed forces. Success in such National Competition helped to make sure that we got the necessary appropriations to carry on our work of passing the latest advanced shooting techniques on to the rest of the Marine Corps.

I told the General that the Division Commanders … that the prospective sniper should be required to fire in the division matches to assess their marksmanship skills.

– Dick Culver

A great overview of the history of the USMC Scout Sniper School as written up by a man that was there, then-Major Richard Culver.

Trained Rifleman Equals Nuclear Bomb

As CPT Kirk “The Legend” Freeman illustrates, a trained rifleman with M14, EBR, SASS or equivalent has the reach of a low yield atomic bomb with more infinitely better target discrimination.

I had an idea that might drive home the importance of Designated Marksman/EBR training for our EOD and Route Clearance brothers.

I found an old army air corps photo that represented the blast radius of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima which was 2900 meters.

The yellow innermost circle represents a 200 meter radius cordon.
The red middle circle represents a 800 meter shot taken from the cordon.
The orange circle represents a 1000 meter shot taken from the cordon.

So a route clearance unit that has well-trained riflemen armed with EBRs or the equivalent is equal to a low yield nuclear bomb with much better target discrimination. Anything in those circles are as good as dead.

The red circle also represents The Legend with M14 SN 557711.

Shoot like a Legend

2014 All Army Small Arms Championship

FORT BENNING, Ga. – More than 200 Soldiers from around the force competed against each other and Mother Nature at the history-making 2014 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship.

Snow, ice and bone-chilling weather, combined with the highest female participation in two decades and the crowning of a five-time champ, made this year’s iteration of the Army’s premier marksmanship training event one to remember for years to come.

“It was interesting,” said Master Sgt. Russell Moore “It was great combat weather. It wasn’t anything our Soldiers aren’t facing around the world. It definitely affected things and you had to plan accordingly. I think it brought out the warrior in everybody.”

Cementing his legacy within the lore of the “All-Army,” Moore won the overall individual championship for a historic fifth time. The Army Reservist and Dept. of Army civilian from Boerne, Texas, edged out fellow Army Reservist Sgt. 1st Class John Buol in a close battle that came down to the final match.

“It was very close and we didn’t know who won until they announced it at the awards ceremony,” Moore said. “This one feels good because there were some phenomenal shooters this year.”

Moore spends his weekdays instructing combat medics at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He follows that up on the weekends as a ROTC instructor at the University of Texas at San Antonio with the 4-414th Regiment (SROTC) and said he takes the valuable lessons back to the classroom.

“I’ve been very happy to take what I learned here and other matches and, whether it’s my students or my cadets, to (explain to them) just how important individual marksmanship truly is to the Army.”

Hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, active duty, Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers were split into four main categories: pro, open, novice and cadet. Winners received plaques and coins, and their names were permanently engraved on trophies. Moore and the overall high novice shooter for the week, Capt. Nicholas Brunnet, were awarded a Secretary of the Army M1 Garand Trophy Rifle for their accomplishment. Team California won the overall team championship.

Snow and ice pelted Fort Benning on the second day of the event, leading to the post closing for a day and-a-half. USAMU personnel scrambled to adjust the schedule so the Soldiers who attended would still receive enough training to accomplish the general mission of the event.

“The All-Army is designed to be the ultimate train-the-trainer event for marksmanship,” said Lt. Col. Don King Jr, commander, USAMU. “We task these Soldiers to take what they learned this week and take it back to their units to increase the overall combat readiness of our Army.”

Among the many highlights of the event was the increased participation of female Soldiers. Over the past decade of war, women have contributed in unprecedented ways to the Army’s mission and have proven their ability to serve in an expanding number of roles. Those who attended this year’s competition hope it opens the floodgates for more female attendance for years to come.

“This is my first All-Army but won’t be my last,” said Army Reservist Sgt. 1st Class Annette Habel, an Army Career Counselor hailing from Clairmont, Fla. “This has been so much fun, and I have met so many great people. I volunteered to come compete and am really glad I did.

The (combat pistol) team match was Habel’s favorite part of the event, she said. They had to cross the finish line together and shoot together and that’s what the Army teaches, to work as a team.

“I foresee that we’re going to have more females come out next year and give the guys more competition,” she added.

This championship allows Soldiers to test their marksmanship proficiency in challenging circumstances without the actual rigors of war so that when they are deployed they have the confidence and resources to win those battles, King said. The All-Army is really a training event cleverly disguised as a competition.

“I keep coming back because it is not only an opportunity not to meet and interact with other Soldiers from the guard, active (duty) and reserve,” Moore said. “It allows me to pass on what we have learned over the years and teach it to novices, especially, to the cadets — our future leaders — and the other Soldiers who compete.”