Battalion Earns 99% Qualification Rate Using Postal Match, EIC

Battalion Earns 99% Qualification Rate Using Postal Match, EIC

McCrady Training Center
Eastover, S.C.

Integrating new Army small arms doctrine with the Postal Match and Excellence In Competition Programs led to a large increase in Battalion-level qualification rates.

The 345th Military Intelligence Battalion (MIRC) enlisted members of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program to help conduct their small arms training, leading to a better than 99% qualification rate. Conducted at the McCrady Training Center in Eastover, South Carolina near Fort Jackson, the 345th MI held an extended Battle Assembly focused on getting their Soldiers up to speed on the Army’s new small arms training doctrine.

“Our goal was to break the negative effects of Army institutional inertia,” said Lt. Col. Luis Garcia, the 345th MI BN Commander. “We can’t make an improvement by doing things the same as before.”

During qualification held the previous year, the 345th MI BN qualified less than 35 of its Battalion’s Soldiers. This year, those numbers increased to a 99.2% qualification rate, the best the Battalion has done in a number of training cycles. Part of the improvement was due to instruction led by Army Reserve Marksmanship Program to counteract common issues. “I learned my drill sergeants at Initial Entry Training were wrong about a number of things, including how the sights work, how to use them, or correct zero procedures. I didn’t know any of this until I received this instruction from the Shooting Team,” said Spc. Paula Delgado, HHD 345th MI BN. “I also learned that I’m cross-eye dominant, which was a concept my drill sergeants never discussed or identified.”

The 345th MI BN also made full use of the Army’s new small arms training doctrine, starting with the current zero targets. Despite now being official for three years, the 345th had to go outside of the Fort Jackson area to locate these targets. “We called range operations at different locations throughout South Carolina and Georgia with no initial luck, but eventually found that Fort Benning Range Operations had some for our use,” said Sgt. Jenny Lewis, Supply Sergeant for A Co., 345th MI. “It took a 3.5-hour drive to pick them up so our Battalion would have them but I got it done. Mr. Outlaw (yes, that is his name) at Fort Benning was extremely helpful.”

Despite issues with local active duty support at Fort Jackson, the 345th MI found the South Carolina National Guard at McCrady to be knowledgeable and supportive. “We’re already tracking on the new standards and equipment on our end, including having barricades for the drills and qualification courses. We’re ready to support Soldiers on this in FY2020.” said First Sgt. Andrew Goza, South Carolina National Guard. In addition to supporting Soldier training at McCrady, First Sgt. Goza, a winner of the Governor’s Twenty marksmanship award through the National Guard, also works with the South Carolina National Guard competitive marksmanship program.

On top of the 345th learning about the Army’s new small arms standards, the Battalion implemented a Postal Match and Excellence In Competition events into their training as an additional gated and progressive approach. Both events feature shooting at a faster and more stringent pace than normal qualification. These events are available to all Soldiers and units in the Army Reserve.

Maj. Jason Konefal, Executive Officer of the 345th MI BN, led the way by winning the 345th MI BN EIC Pistol event with a score of 162 -3X (162 points with three tie-breaking X-ring hits.) The 345th had 87 Soldiers eligible to complete the EIC and the top ten percent of the finishers will receive formal Department of Army Orders in their permanent record awarding “Leg” points and authorizing wear of the bronze Excellence In Competition badge on their Army Service Uniform.

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1931211/battalion-earns-99-qualification-rate-using-postal-match-eic/

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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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Increasing Lethality – U.S. Army Reserve Small Arms Trainer Course Developed at Fort McCoy

Kudos to Master Sgt. Howard Griffith for the success of this initial course and thanks to Lt. Christopher Hanson for the write-up!

“This course is a true train-the-trainers program,” said course manager Master Sgt. Howard Griffith. A native of Milwaukee, Griffith is also the Operations/Standardization Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Task Force. “We take select Soldiers from around the entire Army Reserve and provide them with the knowledge and skills to return to their units and educate their fellow Soldiers.”

Instructors are hoping to have the course permanently located at Fort McCoy. With state-of-the-art ranges, the installation is centrally located within the country, easily accessed by vehicle, rail or air and offers a full four-season training environment.

“The Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program is looking to create a unit identification code for the team to be stationed together, hopefully here at McCoy,” Griffith said. “This would allow us to become more cohesive as a team and, through this course, be able to teach individual and collective gunnery and range operations.”

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1897840/increasing-lethality-us-army-reserve-small-arms-trainer-course-developed-at-for/

Army Reserve Marksmanship at the Best Warrior Competition

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The 2019 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition (BWC) held at Fort Benning on 10-30 June was the selection event to determine the USAR NCO of the Year and Soldier of the Year. The winners were determined by their performance in over 25 scored events over a five-day period. Events included the Army Physical Fitness Test, marksmanship, medical, land navigation, boards, and 10-level Soldiering skills. They will represent the USAR in the Department of Army Best Warrior Competition.

Army Reserve Marksmanship Program personnel led by Master Sgt. Russell Moore (416th TEC), NCOIC of the Army Reserve Combat (Service Conditions) Team, took the role of Marksmanship/Live Fire and Scoring NCOICs for the BWC. Marksmanship Program personnel provided instruction on the conduct and scoring of national-level competitive military events as well as current and upcoming Army marksmanship doctrine.

“The objective of the Best Warrior Competition is to create relevant events via national and international level military competitions,” said Master Sgt. Moore. “We maintained the sanctity of the marksmanship events and conducted an Excellence In Competition match for the BWC cadre and competitors.”

Shooting Team members conducted a Train The Trainer event for 95th DIV Drill Instructors, introduced numerous drills and terms directed by the new Army small arms Training Circulars. This educated the competitors and other BWC cadre on the new Rifle Zero Target, Dual Beam Aiming Laser, PVS-14 NVD monocular, and the Excellence In Competition program. The Team also designed and conducted zero exercises, 3 Gun match, M4/M9 Stress Shoot, modified rifle ALT-C Zero validation, CCMCK (Close Combat Mission Capability Kit) Shoot House, night M4 stress shoot with NVDs and lasers, German Armed Forces Badge pistol match, and Law Enforcement Weapons Training and Qualification course of fire. Marksmanship Program members created a proprietary scoring procedure to more accurately assess the competitor’s actual placing within the group in a more precise manner than that used during routine qualification.

A total of 104 Soldiers had the opportunity to shoot the Pistol EIC match with the top ten percent earning “Leg” points among the 62 USAR BWC competitors and 100 Cadre. The USAR Marksmanship Team designed, validated, and officiated 10 live fire events, including the creation of three new events for the USARC BWC.

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1896630/army-reserve-marksmanship-at-the-best-warrior-competition/

Small Arms Trainer Course Proof of Principle

The Small Arms Training Academy (SATA) at Fort McCoy is conducting a Proof of Principle class for small arms training coursework on 16 to 29 June. The class still has slots available and any Army Reserve unit with one or two Soldiers that would fit the role of a small arms trainer has time to apply.

A Unit Weapons Subject Matter Expert is proficient in all current small arms, optics, and accessories and can conduct Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction and Evaluation on all weapons systems, has a thorough understanding of maintenance, can conduct training, ranges, and qualifications in accordance with the current, prescribed Training Circulars, and assists the Commander with developing a solid year-round training calendar.

“Gunnery is an on-demand skill, there is no time for practice in combat,” said Master Sgt. Howard W. Griffith. “In addition to being the Course Manager for SATA, I am the Task Force Cold Steel Standardization NCOIC. Our mission is to train Unit Subject Matter Experts on weapons and optics.”

For information, download the following files:

Registration Form
SATC Welcome Letter and Packing List

Contact the Task Force Cold Steel S3 at 608-388-4645 or email usarmy.usarc.84-tng-cmd.list.ocs-fy18-s3@mail.mil for additional information.

2019 Army Reserve Small Arms Championships

Submit a completed Registration Form to the Registration Officer:
john.m.buol.mil@mail.mil

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/