Enhanced Training Using Local Marksmanship Programs

Available to improve training for all units in the Army Reserve, local, inexpensive marksmanship events enhance Soldier readiness.


Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Rosendorn (3-335th TSBn) used a series of local, inexpensive marksmanship events to create several unit shooting teams and develop a cadre of well-trained Soldiers. All units of the Army Reserve can benefit by using the same programs and approach he used.

Sgt. 1st Class Rosendorn started by creating a small unit shooting team with members of his current unit, 3-335th TSBn “Blackhawk” (85th Reserve Support Command). “At first, unit leadership wasn’t sure how much to support competition shooting or what value it would return to the unit,” Sgt. 1st Class Rosendorn said. “I started slow, using inexpensive options for internal training. I set up Postal Match events using a Engagement Skills Trainer and at a local civilian range after duty hours to develop initial interest. The Soldiers could see they were improving much more than with just shooting routine qualification.”

Sgt. 1st Class  Rosendorn submited After Action Reports and information about these efforts to Public Affairs, making Army Reserve News, which created more interest. This led to unit leadership agreeing to send Soldiers to an away game, with Rosendorn leading and coaching a unit team consisting of MAJ David Zizkovsky, MAJ Jeremy Crochiere, 1st Sgt James Salm, 1st Sgt. Cody Brunet, and SFC Rosendorn to the 2020 All Army Small Arms Championship. They secured High Reserve honors for individual and team awards there.

Fast forward to this past March and the 2021 All Army Small Arms Championship.  With his command’s continued support, SFC Rosendorn and 1st Sgt. Brunet returned to take a team that included Staff Sgts. Paul Prado, Joel Eisen and Shantel Belot.  “This year was more about expanding the program to allow some of our Soldiers with less exposure to marksmanship events experience the benefits to be gained from competitive events” said SFC Rosendorn.

“Sgt. 1st Class Rosendorn approached myself and a few others asking if there was any interest in competition shooting. Everyone but myself raised their hands, and were talking about how great a shot they were. He then asked me why I didn’t want to go. I explained that I would love to go, but I’m no great shot, but I’m always willing to learn and gain experience,” said Staff Sgt. Shantel Belot. “Practicing with the team, receiving good coaching, and attending the competition, I learned a lot and will take everything I learned and not only apply it to my own skills and abilities but also future soldiers that I may have to mentor or lead. This experience was not just a competition to me, but a great training opportunity where I was able to gain knowledge from the hundreds of other competitors always willing to give advice and  constructive criticism.”

Staff Sgt. Paul Prado had a similar experience. “I’ve been an EST instructor and thought I could shoot pretty well. Competition shooting helped me to understand that I have a lot to learn. I highly recommend these events to help run ranges and cause a major impact for the Soldiers that we will be training.”

“I am a long-time shooter but new to formal competition,” Staff Sgt. SSG Joel Eisen said. “Having the opportunity to look at my capabilities in shooting competition has been a humbling experience. The biggest take away for me is the confirmation that the fundamentals always matter, and your never done learning. Participation in events like this highlight the importance of competition, no matter your skill level going into a match, no matter how you do in that event, all shooters will walk away better and more capable than they started. I am excited to be able to bring my knowledge back to my unit and spread the capability.”

In addition to two 3-335th TSBn team, Sgt. 1st Class Rosendorn also started working with Soldiers in the 16th POB (USACAPOC). The two units trained together as a lead up to the event, with Sgt. 1st Class Rosendorn providing mentorship and coaching to both teams. 16th POB sent Cpt. Greg Jankowski, Cpt. Desmond Anderson, and Staff Sgt. Colton Nichols along with the 3-335th TSBn team.

“I had my team shooters write up their experience and what they learned by preparing for the event,” Rosendorn said. “Both units and our higher command leadership have seen the results and are expecting good follow up with our pending record small arms qualification. Despite shooting these new standards and qualifications for the first time, these better-trained shooters will be able provide improved instruction, coaching, and classes for the rest of our units.”

Soldiers and units wishing to benefit from local, inexpensive Army Reserve marksmanship programs should visit https://www.usar.army.mil/ARM and download the resources, course of fire book, and newsletters.


Army Reserve Streamlines Postal Matches, Improves Training Value


The Army Reserve Postal Matches provide the means to better prepare units for new the Army qualifications while now being easier to conduct.

The World-wide Chief, Army Reserve Postal Matches, a Regulation-directed readiness and retention tool, have been streamlined to be easier for units to conduct while providing qualification-enhancing training improvements.

The Postal Match courses are designed to provide Validation for the small arms strategy described in current Training Circulars, helping units maximize the number of Soldiers earning a first time go at qualification. They can be conducted on normal Army ranges using issue targets that are already provided, creating an improved training resource at no additional expense to the unit or the Army Reserve.

As to Army Reserve history, all the courses are named after Army Reserve marksmanship luminaries. These noteworthy Soldiers set historic precedents that benefit the Army Reserve to this day.

All Army Reserve Soldiers and units are authorized and encouraged to participate in or host one of the World-wide Chief, Army Reserve Postal Matches. Download the Army Reserve Course of Fire Book at https://www.usar.army.mil/ARM .

SFC Brian Stoa on US Army Outdoors

This is an episode SFC Brian Stoa did with the Army Outdoors team that finally aired this week. The Army Outdoors team does stories like this to show the outdoor opportunities while serving.

We had a chance to go out and shooting with Olympic hopeful, SFC Stoa of the US Army Recruiting Battalion – Oklahoma City. To learn more about what we do or to learn how you could shoot competetively for the Army go to

Equal Rights History

To CBS Sunday Morning and Ken Burns,
I am a long-time fan of CBS Sunday Morning and Ken Burns. Given his typical thoroughness with history, I was surprised at an oversight in his “Baseball is a Mirror of our Country” piece that aired on your show.

“The first real progress in civil rights since the Civil War took place… on a baseball diamond…” The oversight here is that marksmanship programs started just after the Civil War to better train up to the capabilities rifled small arms offered provided equal opportunities for competitors decades before this.

The U.S. Army began the Excellence-in-Competition (EIC) program in 1884, first creating Distinguished Rifleman and then Distinguished Pistol Shot gold badges to award competitors finishing in the top ten percent at EIC events. Buffalo Soldiers were equal participants and noteworthy competitors.

Buffalo Soldier marksmanship badges

The first shooter to become Double Distinguished, earning both badges, was Cpt. Horace Wayman Bivins, earning the distinction in 1903. A member of the 10th Cavalry Regiment and decorated for valor for his actions at the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, accounts of his history “reads like fiction from the imagination of a pulp magazine writer” as one newspaper described him. The Army Reserve Postal Match has an event named in his honor.

CPT Horace Bivins

The EIC program was managed by the U.S. Army Department of Civilian Marksmanship and then the Civilian Marksmanship Program and has been an open competition for military and civilian shooters. It is the only sport mandated by federal law, per Public Law Title 36, U.S. Code § 40727.

This is history worthy of your attention. I’ve sent articles on the history of Captain Horace Wayman Bivins and the Army’s marksmanship Equal Opportunities.





John M. Buol Jr.
USARCMP Public Affairs/Postal Match Program