The training value extracted from marksmanship competitions is invaluable to the missions required of Soldiers and the experience gained through competitions is invaluable to increasing readiness. The teams of shooter-instructors in the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program represent the best skilled Soldiers in the Reserve and their participation at the 2014 All Army Small Arms Championships proves that.
“At the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, we use the phrase ‘competition to combat’ to describe the experience of taking lessons learned through competition to enhance the capability and lethality of the soldier in combat,” said Lt. Col. Don King Jr., commander of the USAMU and host of the event. All Army is an advanced combat live-fire training event. Training and skill exercises are applicable to all military small arms firing disciplines.
With the championship comprising 213 competitors from all walks of the Active, National Guard and Reserve components, ARMP team shooters dominated every aggregate of the entire competition.
Starting with the combat rifle event, a NATO-style combat match fired on silhouetted targets from 25 to 500 yards, ARMP Service Rifle shooter Cpt. Samuel K. Freeman won the individual Rifle Championship aggregate. Freeman, a champion Across The Course and Long Range competitor with a string of legendary wins commented, “I’m just here to shoot X’s and deliver the news.” All Army was Cpt. Freeman’s first big combat-type match.
Sgt. 1st Class John Buol, assigned to the ARMP Service Pistol and Combat rosters and former Service Pistol NCOIC, took both the Pistol and Combined Arms Championship aggregates. Buol, a USPSA competitor recruited to the ARMP, found that his new experience with Service Pistol greatly enhanced his accuracy and helped secure his wins.
The overall Championship, a grand aggregate of the three individual aggregates, was won by ARMP Combat Team shooter Master Sgt. Russell Moore. Master Sgt. Moore has displayed an uncanny level of consistent skill that championship-level shooting requires. At the 2014 All Army, Moore was in the top three of individual aggregates. Even in those events he didn’t win, he was very close to the top.
Master Sgt. Moore received a Secretary of the Army Trophy Rifle, a picture plaque of the US Army Small Army Championship Trophy, which will be displayed at the USMAU Headquarters and a Secretary of the Army coin.
ARMP Team shooter Sgt. Major James Mauer, 3rd Battalion Army Reserve Careers Division, earned his last needed “leg” points and was awarded the Distinguished Rifleman Badge through Excellence in Competition (EIC). The Excellence In Competition program was created in 1894 and a total of 3,304 Soldiers have received the Distinguished Rifleman badge since. “Going Distinguished” is a rite of passage for all ARMP Team shooters and Sgt. Major Mauer is warmly welcomed to the club.
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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!
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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.
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