Army Reserve Soldiers Enhance Retention with Postal Match, History

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Solid training events are an ideal way to enhance Soldier retention and Postal Matches offer an approach accessible to all units.

Fort McCoy, Wis.

Members of the Great Lakes Training Division (84th Training Command) led by Cpt. Joshua Gisi (HHD Commander), Master Sgt. Jeffrey Bruce (Senior Command Career Counselor), and Sgt. 1st Class Theodore Stevens conducted Army Reserve Postal Matches during their weapons qualification at Fort McCoy. The training created a very high qualification rate, with all but one Soldier in attendance passing successfully.

For the Postal Match, the GLTD Soldiers fired the Margaret Thompson Murdock and William James Sutton Postal Match. “We are a One Star Command providing Observer Trainers for command group operations and this was our first time firing any of the Postal Matches. It was a test run for us,” said Master Sgt. Bruce. “We also reviewed the biographies of the Soldiers each match is coined after. The unit appreciated the historical connection, especially the Equal Opportunity lessons found in Maj. Murdock’s story. The new revisions to the Postal Match are a dramatic improvement over the old design and we appreciated all the changes and updates.”

In addition to the training value, which integrates well with the Army’s current progressive and gated Weapons Training Strategy detailed in TC 3-20.0, these Postal Matches also provide a high retention value. “I am a Senior Command Career Counselor and as Special Staff to a Brigadier General, I work with all of our down trace units on retention, sponsorship, and recruiting programs. Being able to help a down trace unit conduct a Postal Match adds value of me doing a Staff Assisted Visit,” said Master Sgt. Bruce. “I am proud of my HHD allowing me to test my ability to add this training to their event so I can offer it to other units. I feel these Postal Matches enable me to do my job better, make drill time more enjoyable, build morale with in units, improve marksmanship skills, and add value to the Army overall.”

Good training such as this is an ideal way to increase Soldier retention throughout the Army Reserve. “When I was an Army Reserve Career Counselor, a Water Reclamation unit I supported had the strongest retention with Soldiers fighting to join,” said Master Sgt. Bruce. “It’s not that water reclamation was overly rewarding, it was because the unit hosted a Schützenschnur (German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency) every year and they created a massive draw as Soldiers enjoyed serving when they were able to do motivating training. Postal Matches are a way every unit can offer something similar for their Soldiers.”

Unit: 84th Great Lakes Training Division (GLTD)

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2019 Army Reserve Small Arms Championship Results

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Congratulations
High Overall
High Overall
Presented by SFC Daniel Horner
3rd place SPC Roland Sink, 2nd place and top overall Army Reserve Soldier receiving a certificate from Sig Sauer SFC Tor Peterson, Overall Rifle Champion US Army National Guardsman SSG Steve Ophoff

1st Place overall Team

303rd PSYOP Company
1st Place overall Team

SGT Phillip HOCHEVAR
SPC Michael Mitchell
SPC Sean Murphy
SPC Roland Sink

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Overview:
Camp Atterbury, Ind. —
The Army Reserve Marksmanship Program hosted a retention and training event at Camp Atterbury. Open to all Army Reserve Soldiers, the Army Reserve Small Arms Championship is an Army Regulation directed event consisting of a mix of precision and timed action shooting events using issue service equipment shot on paper, pop-up, and steel targets from 25 to 400 meters. The event also included a formal qualification with a 100% go rate among all attending Soldiers.

“Events like the Army Reserve Small Arms Championship provide solid training and are great for Soldier retention,” said Command Sgt. Major Larry May, 84th Training Command. “This is an opportunity that many Soldiers (including me, before I attended) don’t realize exists. I consider this to have the same value as the pending ACFT and deserving of the same amount of attention.”

The precision events provided the benefits of shooting at full distance (25 to 400 meters) from multiple positions with full feedback of each shot. The precision requirements were more stringent than those commonly found in sniper training as the silhouette targets featured a number of concentric scoring rings inside the target’s center area.

The action events combined a fitness add-in based on the pending Army Combat Fitness Test with timed shooting on reactive steel and pop-up targets in various scenarios. Shooting positions were based on the new Army qualification with an emphasis on using barricades for kneeling and standing positions to engage targets while being timed.

In addition to the training, the Army Reserve Small Arms Championship also served as a retention event. “Events like these Small Arms Championship are what the Army needs to do. In addition to training, events like this have a high retention value. Retention ultimately saves money because Soldiers decide to stay in the Army, instead of leaving,” said Lt. Col. Charles Hensley, 310th ESC (377th Theater Sustainment Command). “This event has provided good quality team building. For instance, my team has Soldiers from different units within our Major Command. Being part of a team keeps Soldiers in, especially when they can attend events like this.”

Members of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program also provided coaching to the Soldiers. “Too few Soldiers experience true marksmanship instead of mere qualification,” said Cpt. Amnouayphonh Thammarath, 310th ESC (377th TSC). “Events like this are great for building confidence by providing full feedback to maximize training on a variety of scenarios, especially shooting at long distance. Looking at trends for the past 20 years, we need true subject matter experts capable of teaching at a higher level.”

“I’ve been passionate about shooting for 30 years and have been in the Army for 16. Members of the Competitive Marksmanship Program have instructors that help Soldiers absorb quality information easier versus the forced approach more common in the Army,” said Spc. Nakia Petersen, 390th Regiment (108th Training Command). “Soldiers are often hampered from the ineffective drill sergeant approach, which is too one way. The skilled competitive shooter-instructors in the Marksmanship Program use teaching methods more conducive to learning. They want you to learn and know the best way to teach you.”

Directed by Army regulation, the Army Reserve Small Arms Championship are held as often as Soldier interest and funding allows. In addition, all Army Reserve Soldiers are eligible to host and participate in Postal Matches during their any unit qualification as a means to get started on these retention and training events. This event featured Soldiers from the 84th, 108th, and 80th Training Commands, USACAPOC, ARCD, 83rd ARRTC/RTA, 100th TD, MIRC, First Army, and the National Guard, and the USARCMP would have liked to host more.

NEWS:

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1952388/retention-event-creates-100-qualification-rate/

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1851983/2019-army-reserve-small-arms-championships/

Registration Info
https://armyreservemarksman.info/2019-usar-champs/

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Army Releases New Training and Qualification Standards

TC 3-20.40, Training and Qualification, Individual Weapons, dated 30 JUL 2019, is published and posted on Army Publishing Directorate

https://armypubs.army.mil/ProductMaps/PubForm/Details.aspx?PUB_ID=1007342

All U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and units are subject to this change, which will push us toward the training intent set by Chief, Army Reserve LTG Charles D Luckey and Army Reserve CSM Ted Copeland.

Overview of the new Rifle/Carbine Qualification:

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Army Reserve Shotgun Champ Continues Win Streak

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Sgt. 1st Class Brian Stoa serves as an Operations NCOIC for a Recruiting Battalion while also building a championship shooting record.

The Army Reserve recognizes numerous shooting disciplines and has Soldiers proficient in many of them. Sgt. 1st Class Brian Stoa champions in competitive shotgun events. As an aerial target shooter, he competes in Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays and has enjoyed a solid win streak in 2019.

“In July, I competed in Amarillo, Texas for the Texas State Trap Shoot with 208 shooters in the Championship Events,” Sgt. 1st Class Stoa says. “I tied for Class AA Champion in Friday’s Doubles event. Saturday held the Nostalgia Shoot, where shooters competed with shotguns that pre-dated 1964. I used a classic Ithaca M37T pump built in 1948 to win this event by two targets. In Sunday’s Handicap event against tough competition and close scores, I ended up in a six-way tie and eventually won the 27 Yard Championship.”

This month’s success is now three in a row for Stoa. “In May, I was selected to shoot on the Army Skeet Team again, competing at the Armed Services Skeet Championship. Our Team made a strong showing, winning several team events and I won in the individual sub-gauge events,” said Sgt. 1st Class Stoa. “In June, I competed in the Oklahoma State Trap Shoot with about 150 other competitors for the Championship events and finished as AA Class Champion in both Singles and Doubles target events. Both events were decided after shoot offs.”

Sgt. 1st Class Stoa maintains his championship record while continuing to serve and fulfill his Army Reserve duties, currently as the USAR Operations NCOIC for the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion. As with all Army Reserve shooters, competition shooting is an additional duty on top of the tasks and responsibilities of the assigned unit.

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1903290/army-reserve-shotgun-champ-continues-win-streak/

2019 Army Reserve Small Arms Championship

RESULTS:
https://armyreservemarksman.info/2019-usar-champs-results/

RESULTS

Event Changes

  • There will no longer be any pistol shooting during ARSAC
  • The Bivins Postal Match will be replaced by the EIC Postal Match
  • Rifle EIC day and time remains the same.
  • Action/Practical remains the same but will be rifle only.
  • Pistol qualification will be replaced with a rifle Primary Qualification on ARF range.
  • An additional speed shoot on the ARF range will replace the last day pistol match
  • Individual overall will recognize high Precision (Service Conditions, Postal Match, Qual courses), high Action (all time-assessed Speed shoots) and High Overall. High individual Postal Match will also be recognized.

REGISTRATION

Submit a completed Registration Form to the Registration Officer

Send from your mail.mil email address as this form contains Personally Identifiable Information. Teams must be submitted together and listed on the same form.

You will need all of the following files:

The Event Program covers event specifics. The Rulebook and Course of Fire Book contains general rules that apply to all USAR Competitive events and Postal Matches. Distribute the

Download
Registration Form: Submit the completed .xlsx spreadsheet file as is. Do not print or convert to PDF.

2019 USAR Smallarms Championship Event Flyer – PDF

2019 USAR Smallarms Championship Event Flyer – JPEG for use on social media

2019 USAR Smallarms Championship Event Program

USARCMP Rulebook

USARCMP Course of Fire Book

These files can also be downloaded at the Team USAR.mil site

Rulebook and Course of Fire Book
https://www.usar.army.mil/Commands/Functional/ARMU/Resources/PostalMatch/

NEWS:

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1851983/2019-army-reserve-small-arms-championships/

RESULTS:
https://armyreservemarksman.info/2019-usar-champs-results/

Army Reserve Soldier Earns Southwestern Grand Trophies

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Sgt. 1st Class Brian Stoa of the U.S. Army Reserve competed at the Southwestern Grand, a large Amateur Trapshooting Association tournament held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, TX April 2-7. Competing against over 200 of the best trapshooters from all over the United States, Stoa trophied in three of the six events he competed in.

“Though we had winds of 20 miles per hour and faster, I ended my Sunday at the Southwest Grand on a high note. I won class doubles with a 92,” said Stoa. “I was in a carryover from Friday’s doubles, which I won as well. Then I followed that up with a 90 in handicap which, given the conditions, was good enough for Runner-up. My scores were good enough to put me in a shoot off for class High All Around, but after few rounds in shoot offs fatigue hit and I came in second. It was a great overall weekend!”

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Stoa serves as a Reserve Guidance Counselor and Recruiter for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC). As an aerial target shooter, Stoa competes in multiple competitive shotgun disciplines, including Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays and has been a member of the Army Skeet Team and won events at the Armed Forces Skeet Championship among numerous other individual and team wins.

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.