Training at home with LTC Garcia

Another idea for #USArmyReserve Soldiers training at home. Lt. Col. Garcia of the Service Pistol team set up an air gun range in his garage.

Home air gun range.

Air guns, such as this one based on the SIG 320 (M17), can be used safely at home.

Indoor gallery courses (Smallbore and Air gun) were among the first formal #PostalMatch events directed by then Chief, Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Sutton dating back to the 1960s and featured in Army Reserve Magazine, the predecessor to Warrior-Citizen.

See this archived copy of Army Reserve Magazine from 1969.

Read more about LTG Sutton and USAR marksmanship history in the USAR Course of Fire Book.

Remote Training During COVID-19

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“The Army is basically in a stop-movement configuration… Number one, we’re real careful about where we congregate, where we go. Number two, we’re very, very careful of making sure we don’t become vectors, we don’t spread this virus, because we went to the wrong place, we got in too-big a group, we were shaking hands when we shouldn’t have done it, we’ve been traveling in places which may have had more exposure to the virus… Unless you get clear authority to conduct a battle assembly, you’re not doing it. We need to avoid congregating and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
– COVID-19 Guidance, Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey
https://www.usar.army.mil/COVID19/

Isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to stop or limit the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including avoiding close contact with people who are sick. This prevents gathering for Battle Assembly or training but telecommuting and Distributed Learning remains an ideal option. The Army Reserve Postal Match Program is a type of Distributed Learning in that Soldiers and units conduct locally-hosted events as part of a larger, Reserve-wide aggregate. Using simulators allows this to done remotely while still providing objective skill development.

The current Training Circulars dictating small arms training (TC 3-20.0 and TC 3-20.40) direct units to Maximize Virtual Systems to augment live fire training and that Table II (Preliminary Live-Fire Simulations) is ideally a simulations-based demonstration of the Soldiers’ performance while applying the primary capabilities of their weapon in a virtual environment. Motivated Soldiers interested in competition and other advanced training can readily benefit from systems affordable for home use. This is especially useful for conducting effective training while satisfying the directive from Army Reserve leadership to avoid becoming a COVID-19 vector.

Spc. Dan Lowe, 175th TC Co. (79th Sustainment Support Command), is an Olympian and member of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program. On the civilian side he runs Firing Line Solutions and uses a SCATT Shooting Trainer for practice at home. “Given the COVID-19 Guidance, I started the 2020 Corona Cup, a series of Postal Matches using SCATT simulators,” said Spc. Lowe. “There are matches for international rifle, Service rifle, and sporter air rifle.”

SCATT trainers are a popular simulator for competition shooters that uses an optical sensor attached to the gun that gives real-time, visual feedback via support software running on a laptop or other computer. “I’m practicing my standing position by dropping onto the target, using my SCATT at home in my pajamas. It’s all starting to make sense. I’m still waiting for my trigger control coaching, so I don’t mind the 10.0’s for now,” said competition shooter and Registered Nurse Michelle Adams. “I have targets for Air Rifle [as shot in the Olympics] and scaled SR targets used in Service Rifle.”

Christopher Moriarty competes in Service Rifle with his daughter, Shannon. Using their SCATT, she earned a High Power Master classification with less than a year of consistent training. “The most important piece of learning to read the wind in Service Rifle is shooting centered and accurately called shots. If you’re shooting itty-bitty groups in the center, you’ve got most of a minute of wind error before you start losing points. If you’re using the whole 10 ring, a 1 minute wind error might result in a dead center shot… or a shot well into the 8 ring. It’s really hard to notice that your wind call was off by a minute when sometimes it’s a pinwheel, and sometimes it’s an 8!,” said Christopher Moriarty. “SCATT taught me that my hold and squeeze can be sub MOA in the X, but result in a wide 7 due to followthrough.”

Chief Warrant Officer Andy Knote, 316th ESC (Military Intelligence Readiness Command), is a Distinguished shooter competing with the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program since 2005 and uses another home-based trainer for similar effect called the MantisX. “Dry fire is the most essential marksmanship training, but it can get boring – thus losing effectiveness – really fast. MantisX offers a way to make dry fire training more interesting, allows us to capture the data for analysis, and provides us the data to set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely training goals.” To handle training with firearms lacking a Picatinny rail, Chief Knote created a configuration using strong adhesive tape and a small rail attached to a magazine, an option that has since been adopted by the company as a standard accessory.

Master Sgt. Russell Moore (416th TEC), NCOIC of the Army Reserve Service Conditions (Combat) Team and multiple All Army Champion, is assisting with a push for more locally-hosted Best Warrior Competition events as another option. “The Best Warrior Competition provides a platform for Soldiers to demonstrate their lethality skills and knowledge against the best the USAR has to offer. Without the ability to run host Company and Battalion events, organizers must get creative while maintaining consistency, uniformity, and difficulty,” said Master Sgt. Moore. “In regard to the marksmanship piece, there are several USAR-issued and purchasable solutions to assist in selecting your unit’s Best Warrior and to help increase their readiness and lethality. Systems such as the Laser Shot, EST 2000/3000, and the legacy Laser Marksmanship Training System (LMTS) have been in our inventory for years. Additionally, there are commercially available devices like the SCATT and MantisX available on GSA Advantage that can provide individuals an excellent array of skill building and scored practical exercises using the standard M4 and M9. Soldiers can be videoed executing these marksmanship tasks as well as other incorporated physical activities. By using Google Duo, Skype, Snapchat video or any other streaming video service, Soldiers can be evaluated and scored without coming in contact with too many others.”

Simulations devices are an effective means to conduct training at low cost and are required by Army doctrine. Home-based simulators are affordable for individuals while providing objective scoring remotely and away from the range. Combined with a Distributed Learning approach such as the Army Reserve Postal Match Program and locally-hosted Best Warrior Competition, this offers training when Soldiers can’t congregate.

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/Article/2132536/remote-training-during-covid-19/

SFC Brad Griffith: Training during COVID-19

Training during COVID-19
by Sgt. 1st Class Brad Griffith

As we move deeper into quarantine and further away from normal, there is a tremendous opportunity for growth and learning. We could spend this time to “Netflix and chill,” or we could look for ways to make ourselves more capable.

All Army Reserve Battle Assemblies have canceled for March and April. So much has changed in how we teach, train, and view basic Soldier skills that this is a perfect time for you to catch up on any the changes you may have missed. Below you will find a few ideas on how to come back from the break sharper than ever.
The ARMU Resources site is packed with content to stay sharp while you’re shut in. Spend some time getting smart on the new Individual Weapon Qualification (IWQ) that takes effect on 01 OCT 2020 or becoming more familiar with current doctrinal Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction and Evaluation (PMI&E). Still preaching Steady Position, Aiming, Breathing, and Trigger Squeeze, or SPORTS? You need to visit ARMU Resources ASAP!
https://www.usar.army.mil/Commands/Functional/ARMU/Resources/

The Army Reserve Marksman Newsletter also has helpful articles:
https://www.usar.army.mil/Commands/Functional/ARMU/Resources/ARMnews/

This is also a good time to plan a Postal Match:
https://www.usar.army.mil/Commands/Functional/ARMU/Resources/PostalMatch/
The transition from the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) to the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) has been one of the highest training priorities across the Army for over a year. The ACFT resources site has all the information you need to know about the test and tons of resources to stay fit while stuck at home. Come back ready to crush the test by visiting the ACFT resources site. The last day to take an APFT for record was 15 March 2020. So if you’re not ready for the ACFT, it’s time to hit up the ACFT resources site.
https://www.army.mil/acft/

Local Unit Readiness Creates All Army Success

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Local events that can be held at every Army Reserve unit in conjunction with Battle Assembly schedules are an enabler that increase readiness and improve retention.

Fort Benning, Ga.
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Local Competition Heightens Soldier Readiness, Retention

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Army Reserve Soldiers from 3-335th TSBn (85th Reserve Support Command) started an enhanced unit-level training program that utilizes participation in local competitions to build skills beyond Army qualification standards. The Southport Gun Club conducted an Open Sectional Indoor Pistol Championship in Kenosha, Wisconsin open to the public and these Soldiers took advantage.

“Competitions like this embody the concept of promoting excellence at all levels,” said Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Matthew Fall. “I would like to see continued unit participation in these events.” This Open Sectional event coincided with the unit’s scheduled Battle Assembly, allowing Soldiers to participate in the evening after drill.

Unit leadership is using a Retention Via Readiness approach with a series of events throughout the fiscal year, using the stress of match conditions as a training tool and to prepare for the 2020 All Army Small Arms Championship. “I thought it was great shooting in the competition,” said Master Sgt. Cody Brunet. “It’s such a perishable skill, and it is amazing how adding a little stress with timed shooting can change everything.”

While team members had been given guidance on drills and techniques, team captain Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Rosendorn understood the benefit of exposing the team to the stress of shooting under actual match conditions. Moreover, the difficulty of the event’s particular shooting discipline was an excellent means of pushing individuals and moving them out of their comfort zones. “I was looking for a way to challenge our team members and was pleased with the level of enthusiasm among them,” said Sgt. 1st Class Rosendorn. “Additionally, I was thrilled with the hospitality of both the Southport Gun Club and the civilian competitors there that evening.”

After completing normal duties, these Soldiers traveled on their own to the event. The Southport Gun Club 2020 NRA Open Sectional Indoor .22LR Championship is part of a series of competitions held around the country and open to the public, with the results collected and posted to determine the overall national champion. The match is a 90 round Precision Pistol (Bullseye) match, shot entirely one-handed at scaled targets 50 feet away. “It was a humbling but fun experience,” Maj. David Zizkovsky. “You think that you are a pretty good shot, and then you have to try it one handed.”

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/Article/2067986/local-competition-heightens-soldier-readiness-retention/

EST, Postal Match Enforces Retention, Training

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Army Regulation directs all Soldiers to benefit from formal marksmanship events. Soldiers of the 3-335th Training Support Battalion “Blackhawks” (85th Reserve Support Command) used this training tool to enhance retention and boost training.

Fort Sheridan, Ill.

Soldiers from the 3-335th Training Support Battalion (85th Reserve Support Command) used a local Engagement Skills Trainer to conduct a Postal Match as a part of their unit Marksmanship Team tryouts. In an effort to improve Unit marksmanship skills, esprit de corp, and retention, the 3-335th “Blackhawks” have committed to fielding a team of six Soldiers to compete in the 2020 All Army Small Arms Championship.

During the Unit’s OCT Battle Assembly, Lt. Col. Keith Cowan and Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Fall directed leadership to put together a list of Soldiers interested in representing their Battalion at All Army. The intent to conduct a form of selection was expressed. Information about the event and overall goal was put out, and after schedules were taken into consideration, 14 3-335th Soldiers signed on for the upcoming tryouts to take place as a part of their November Battle Assembly.

1st Sgt. James Salm and Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Rosendorn helped conduct the training. “I was very impressed with the chain of command’s enthusiasm and support with regards to working towards sending a team to the All Army match.” Sgt. 1st Class Rosendorn said. “I was equally impressed with the level of interest among Soldiers within the Unit.”

As scheduled, the “Blackhawks” Soldiers utilized a local EST facility to conduct their Postal Match and All Army tryouts. Simulators are directed as a part of Table II in the Army’s Individual Weapon Training Strategy (TC 3-20.0) and any of them can be used to host an Informal Postal Match. Staff Sgt. David Kukla, Training NCO from 85th RSC, was on hand for support and assistance during the entire process. Four separate courses of fire were put together, with a maximum aggregate possible score of 150 points. These included a scored zero and rifle qualification, pistol qualification, and a modified Precision Pistol (Bullseye) course.

Staff Sgt. David Kukla confirmed the effectiveness of this approach, saying, “Having a unit come prepared to train at my site, in this manner was appreciated. The EST seems to be an afterthought to many, and as a result, tends to be underutilized.”

Using a Postal Match or other organized shooting format is a way to enhance EST use. The Soldiers participating also found this beneficial. Capt. Jeremy Crochiere said, “The EST tryout was a great way to evaluate potential team members, utilizing a variety of shooting skills, rapidly and efficiently.” Staff Sgt. Paul Prado added, “I liked the tryout because it is a good competition for all, a fair competition. All Soldiers fired the same number of rounds, with the same targets and environment (conditions).”

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/Article/2010184/est-postal-match-enforces-retention-training/



NamePistol QualPistol, BullseyePistol AggRifle QualPistol/Rifle Agg
SFC Rosendorn, Joshua30(15, 15, 15, 15) 609020110
MAJ Zizkovsky, David30(15, 14, 15, 15) 598920109
MSG Brunet, Cody30(15, 14, 15, 15) 598919108
1SG Salm, James29(12, 13, 15, 14) 548320103
CPT Crochiere, Jeremy29(12, 14, 15, 14) 558419103
SSG Prado, Paul27(15, 15, 12, 13) 558218100
SFC Nissen, Devin25(14, 13, 14, 15) 56811798
SFC Wright, Jeffrey26(13, 12, 15, 14) 54801898
SSG Dawson, Dwight23(11, 13, 7, 11) 42651883
SSG Neal, Roger25(13, 13, 13, 14) 53781492
SSG Salinas, Jose17(13, 12, 12, 14) 51681785
SFC Jorgensen, Christopher21(11, 6, 15, 6) 38591271
SFC Latterell, Robert23(12, 13, 12, 14) 51741387
MSG Stine, Bridgette14(8, 8, 8, 12) 36501666

Barricade for New Qualification

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From Maj. Jesse Campbell, (COIC, 412th TEC)

If you’re looking for a commercial barricade to practice and conduct the new U.S. Army qualifications and Postal Matches:

http://usmolders.com/portfolio-posts/14515/

9-Hole Firing Barricade, Part# USM-54, $242.06
9-Hole Firing Barricade Base Set, Part# USM-109, $55.00