New Small Arms Qualifications

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Change is coming. The U.S. Army Reserve needs to prepare now.

https://www.army.mil/article/218407/new_marksmanship_test_aims_to_create_more_realistic_environment

While it hasn’t received as much attention as the new Army physical fitness evaluation, the 40 targets on the rifle marksmanship range are also about to be engaged in a more combat-focused manner.

The U.S. Army released a set of Training Circulars that redacted the previous doctrine and established a new way to teach small arms skills. That was back in FY2016. If you or other Army personnel are still discussing “four fundamentals”, using silhouette targets for zeroing, and not implementing a Shot Process with a Peer and/or Experienced Coach, you’re three years behind the power curve.

This new doctrine is also redacting old qualifications with a more difficult and realistic course. TC 3-20.40 is pending publication and it revamps all individual weapon qualifications. Another Training Circular soon to follow will do the same with crew-served weapons.

The Army Reserve Marksmanship Program has already created material to help. The Army Reserve Marksman newsletter has article discussing this new doctrine. The World-wide Chief, Army Reserve Postal Matches has courses that can be conducted during routine group/zero and qualification without additional resources, making it an easy, fast, inexpensive, and effective way to practice the new doctrine and prepare for the new qualification.

Download the current Training Circulars and prepare today.

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Army Reserve Soldiers Demonstrate Readiness at All Army

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https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1788564/reservists-demonstrate-readiness-at-all-army/

The Army Marksmanship Unit held the 2019 All Army Small Arms Championships March 10-16 at Fort Benning. The training event was open to all Department of Army personnel and consisted of a mix small arms skills.

Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, Chief of the Army Reserve, has stated his vision of developing the most lethal, capable, and combat-ready Federal Reserve force in United States history. That can only happen when Reservists can demonstrate skill beyond elementary basics such as qualification.

Army Reservists from the marksmanship community demonstrated their ability to implement the CAR’s vision by winning numerous events among personnel from all branches and components of the Army. A team from Army Reserve Careers Division led by Sgt. Maj. James Mauer was the highest scoring for the entire event. Firing members included Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Parker, Staff Sgt. Rafael Fuentes, and Sgt. Joseph Hall. This team was also second place for the Rifle and Pistol team aggregates.

“Our teams have had a good history with training events like All Army,” said Sgt. Maj. Mauer. “We also host similar events in conjunction with the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program to make this learning opportunity more accessible to Reservists.”

Individually, Reservists also won a number of events. Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner was the high overall individual, doing so by also taking first place in the Multigun event. Sgt. Christopher Liming of the 85th USAR Support Command was first place in Pistol overall and the National Match Course (Match 27) event. Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft of the 98th Training Division took first place among non-distinguished shooters in the Excellence In Competition pistol event (Match 221) and Maj. Thomas Bourne of the 80th Training Command was first place in the Director’s Pistol Match (29).

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Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship

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https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1781009/linda-harris-memorial-scholarship

Master Sgt. George Harris, USAR, Ret., SIGARMS Academy co-founder and former Army Reserve Marksmanship Team member, announced the official launch of the Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship administered by the United States Concealed Carry Association.

“This fund will provide a means to create and further perpetuate the concept of female firearms instructors who in turn will bring more women into the shooting sports and personal defense arenas in the United States and around the world,” George Harris said. “The program will start by selecting a well deserving applicant to an all expenses paid class appropriate for their level of expertise. Initially, this will be self-funded by USCCA but will expand with industry support in the interest of bringing more women into the world of safe and successful use of firearms.”

Linda Harris, who passed away at age 68 on September 1, 2018, was well known in the firearms community as an outstanding instructor who dedicated herself and her career to training people to defend themselves and to encouraging women to get involved in the shooting sports. After George Harris co-founded the SIGARMS Academy, Linda joined on as the first female firearms instructor in the history of the company, teaching a variety of firearms-related subjects to men and women alike. She often instructed military personnel with her husband and performed range duties at Quantico and Fort Benning during matches. Often referred to as “The Boss Lady” by Soldiers and shooting team members that worked with, Linda held a command for respect that was immediate by all who knew her. After officially retiring in 2011, she continued teaching women in the proper use and safe handling of firearms for sporting and defensive use.

Applicants can begin by visiting the Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship website for additional information. All female firearms instructors, especially those in the Army Reserve, are encouraged to apply.

“No greater tribute could Linda have but to be able to have the work she was so passionate about carried on in her name with the same passion and effort that she exhibited,” George Harris said. “Pass this along and become a part of this movement to bring more women into our efforts to keep firearms as part of our heritage.”