Joining the US Army Reserve Marksmanship Training and Competitive Program
1. Read this entire page first.
2. Host a local Postal Match. Our Team emphasis is training Soldiers and our Postal Matches are designed to teach and validate skills necessary to succeed in current Army qualifications.
3. Compete on your own in competitive shooting.
4. Complete and submit the request forms and memos. List the Postal Matches you’ve hosted along with your current competition shooting experience. Download the Rulebook, Course of Fire Book, Event Template and the forms:
5. Soldiers with documented competitive shooting experience and that has hosted Postal Matches for others is added to the Development roster, eligible to attend USAR competitions and training events by invitation.
6. Soldier’s unit commander signs and submits a memo of understanding for events.
7. Current team/program member retains eligibility of their assigned slot based on current Roster Procedures. This includes hosting a local Postal Match each year. Development Roster members are eligible to advance to the Main Roster when vetted as per current Main Roster procedures.
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More info from SFC John Hawes
“I am interested in competitive shooting. How can I get slot in a military marksmanship program?”
When first learning about military-sponsored shooting teams many troops will ask how they can get a slot. Right now, check for updates to this site and visit us on Facebook (facebook.com/USARCMP)
Host a Postal Match!
Every Soldier and unit in the Army Reserve is eligible to host and participate in the USAR Postal Match program. Our Team emphasis is training Soldiers. Host a local match, for your unit or otherwise, to begin. This can be done on a civilian range if your unit or command won’t support you. Make an event happen!
Your next step in earning a slot on a shooting team is to start in bigger competitive shooting. The best way to start in competitive shooting is to go find events, be it military or civilian, on your own, and start attending.
Consider a player vying for a position on a pro sports team. If he doesn’t already have years of solid background with high school and/or college teams, forget it! A couch potato who was never formally participated in that type of event is not going to be offered a tryout. Why bother?
Yet, you’d be amazed how many troops with zero competition shooting experience complain that they can’t get started because no team will give them equipment or fund their travel to a match. For every 100+ troops with no previous relevant competition and instructor experience, maybe one of them is worth a look. Even if/when you earn a slot, you’ll still have to shoot and train on your own so already having places and venues to do so will help long term as well.
Find out what ranges are in your area and look into attending organized civilian events. Where To Shoot, http://wheretoshoot.org/ is a great resource. Nearly every team shooter has a civilian shooting background and the best way to get started is to simply jump in. If you approach a team having already participated in matches and earning higher-level classifications on your own, any coach will want you to try out.
Military Sponsored Events
For military sponsored events, find a National Guard sponsored event in your state. Even if you’re not the Guard, you can shoot the EIC (Excellence In Competition) events. The Arkansas Guard, at Camp Robinson, is the national headquarters for this.
All Army is hosted by the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning every year in the spring and is open to all Active, Reserve and Guard Army personnel. Even if you’re not on a team you can register in advance on your own and be able to borrow guns and get a free place to stay on post. The event is HIGHLY recommended!
An example from All Army 2013 info, application and rules from 2013.
Service Rifle and Pistol
Two of the USAR CMP’s primary disciplines (Service Rifle and Service Pistol) are shot as civilian conventional competitions recognized by the National Rifle Association and Civilian Marksmanship Program. Shooting Sports USA a free, on-line magazine, lists events.
Shooting Sports USA
Download High Power and Precision Pistol rulebooks from NRA and CMP.
Precision Rifle/National Rifle and HunterShooter.com are other suitable outlets.
Service Conditions (Combat) are NATO and Commonwealth events that don’t currently have a civilian equivalent in the United States, however, there are civilian Service Conditions matches held around the world, sometimes jointly with military-hosted events, such as in Canada under the auspices of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association, in South Africa with the South Africa Combat Rifle Association, and in New Zealand with the New Zealand Service Rifle Association, among others.
Examples of Service Conditions matches:
MilitaryMarksman is an American service conditions event open to everyone.
In addition to Service Rifle, Pistol, and Conditions events, action/practical competition such as PPC (Police Pistol Combat/Precision Pistol Competition), NRA Action Pistol (Bianchi Cup), IDPA, USPSA Handgun and Multigun, 3 Gun, and SensibleShooter are other competition disciplines. These are also the style events you’ll find as a component of AFSAM (Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting), All Army, and National Guard hosted events.
The bottom line is if you want to be on a military-sponsored shooting team you need to be a competition shooter. You become a competition shooter by being a competition shooter. Host a Postal Match for your fellow Soldiers, shoot events on your own whenever and wherever you can, and earn Classifications in the formal shooting events listed above first. You must begin by doing this on your own before applying for a slot. Stay in contact with the USAR Marksmanship Program through this site and you’ll eventually be able to earn a slot.