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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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 to Kill Marksmanship Test Shortcut that Made Soldiers Less Deadly

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The manual referenced below, TC 3-20.40, has (finally!) received final, official approval. The signed copy is imminent and will see an official release at https://armypubs.army.mil/ very shortly.

The individual qualifications the Army has been using since 1980 are no longer valid. Just as Army small arms training doctrine has completely replaced and improved, so too has the qualification process, scoring, and standards.

Chief, Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Luckey and Cmd. Sgt. Major Copeland have decreed the U.S. Army Reserve will be the most lethal, combat-ready Reserve force in American history. These changes move us to that goal. Get your unit and yourself prepared now.


The U.S. Army Reserve Marksmanship Program is ready to help you.

Army to Kill Marksmanship Test Shortcut that Made Soldiers Less Deadly

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/04/01/army-kill-marksmanship-test-shortcut-made-soldiers-less-deadly.html

By Matthew Cox
The U.S. Army’s new strategy to improve marksmanship will eliminate a shortcut that units use for individual weapon qualification — a long-standing practice that has eroded lethality over the years, infantry officials said.

Army officials at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia are awaiting final approval of the new marksmanship manual that will prepare the Army for a new, and much more challenging, qualification test.

The new course of fire — which forces soldiers to make faster decisions while firing from new positions — will drastically update the current, Cold War-era rifle qualification course. That course required soldiers to engage a series of pop-up targets at ranges out to 300 meters.

The stricter qualification standards will also do away with the practice of using the Alternate Course of Fire, or Alt. C, to satisfy the annual qualification requirement, Sgt. 1st Class John Rowland, marksmanship program director at Benning’s Infantry School, told Military.com.

Alt. C is an Army-approved 25-meter course in which soldiers shoot at targets scaled down in size to represent actual target sizes out to 300 meters. At that short range, however, the trajectory of the 5.56mm bullet is extremely flat and unaffected by wind, making it easier to score hits, experts say.

Army Reserve Soldiers Selected for World Cup, Pan American Games

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https://www.usar.army.mil/News/Article/1802734/army-reserve-soldiers-selected-for-world-cup-pan-american-games/

Army Reserve Soldiers competed among America’s best international shooters and earned several World Cup and Pan American Games slots. The USA Shooting Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection Match held at Fort Benning through March 30 tested a number of International Shooting Sport Federation competitive disciplines to determine which American shooters qualified to represent the United States at the World Cups in Beijing, China and Munich, Germany as well as the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

USA Shooting is the National Governing Body for ISSF competition in the United States and is chartered by the United States Olympic Committee. At the recent Selection Match, two current Army Reserve Marksmanship Program team members were selected for upcoming international competition.

Sgt. Nick Mowrer (308th MP Company) is a member of the Army World Class Athlete Program at Fort Carson in Colorado. Sgt. Mowrer took first place in Men’s Air Pistol for selection to the Pan Am games, second place in Air Pistol for World Cup selection, and third place in Three-Position Smallbore for World Cup selection.

“I’m not yet a World Cup medalist but I have made the finals in both rifle and pistol in World Cup competition and have won a medal in Prone Rifle,” said Sgt. Mowrer. “I’m also Triple Distinguished and compete in Precision Pistol and High Power competition.”

Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft (98th Training Division) is a medical logistic specialist with the 4/518th Infantry Regiment and also a member of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program. She took first place in Women’s Sport Pistol for World Cup selection and second for Pan Am games selection. Staff Sgt. Uptagrafft also recently won Silver medals in both the 25m Sport Pistol and 10m Air Pistol events during both the December Winter Airgun and Selection matches in Colorado.

Former Army Reserve Marksmanship Program member, Sgt. 1st Class (ret.) Keith Sanderson took first place in Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol for both the Pan Am and World Cup selection.

Army Reserve Soldiers Demonstrate Readiness at All Army

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https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1788564/reservists-demonstrate-readiness-at-all-army/

The Army Marksmanship Unit held the 2019 All Army Small Arms Championships March 10-16 at Fort Benning. The training event was open to all Department of Army personnel and consisted of a mix small arms skills.

Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, Chief of the Army Reserve, has stated his vision of developing the most lethal, capable, and combat-ready Federal Reserve force in United States history. That can only happen when Reservists can demonstrate skill beyond elementary basics such as qualification.

Army Reservists from the marksmanship community demonstrated their ability to implement the CAR’s vision by winning numerous events among personnel from all branches and components of the Army. A team from Army Reserve Careers Division led by Sgt. Maj. James Mauer was the highest scoring for the entire event. Firing members included Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Parker, Staff Sgt. Rafael Fuentes, and Sgt. Joseph Hall. This team was also second place for the Rifle and Pistol team aggregates.

“Our teams have had a good history with training events like All Army,” said Sgt. Maj. Mauer. “We also host similar events in conjunction with the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program to make this learning opportunity more accessible to Reservists.”

Individually, Reservists also won a number of events. Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner was the high overall individual, doing so by also taking first place in the Multigun event. Sgt. Christopher Liming of the 85th USAR Support Command was first place in Pistol overall and the National Match Course (Match 27) event. Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft of the 98th Training Division took first place among non-distinguished shooters in the Excellence In Competition pistol event (Match 221) and Maj. Thomas Bourne of the 80th Training Command was first place in the Director’s Pistol Match (29).

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Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship

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https://www.usar.army.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1781009/linda-harris-memorial-scholarship

Master Sgt. George Harris, USAR, Ret., SIGARMS Academy co-founder and former Army Reserve Marksmanship Team member, announced the official launch of the Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship administered by the United States Concealed Carry Association.

“This fund will provide a means to create and further perpetuate the concept of female firearms instructors who in turn will bring more women into the shooting sports and personal defense arenas in the United States and around the world,” George Harris said. “The program will start by selecting a well deserving applicant to an all expenses paid class appropriate for their level of expertise. Initially, this will be self-funded by USCCA but will expand with industry support in the interest of bringing more women into the world of safe and successful use of firearms.”

Linda Harris, who passed away at age 68 on September 1, 2018, was well known in the firearms community as an outstanding instructor who dedicated herself and her career to training people to defend themselves and to encouraging women to get involved in the shooting sports. After George Harris co-founded the SIGARMS Academy, Linda joined on as the first female firearms instructor in the history of the company, teaching a variety of firearms-related subjects to men and women alike. She often instructed military personnel with her husband and performed range duties at Quantico and Fort Benning during matches. Often referred to as “The Boss Lady” by Soldiers and shooting team members that worked with, Linda held a command for respect that was immediate by all who knew her. After officially retiring in 2011, she continued teaching women in the proper use and safe handling of firearms for sporting and defensive use.

Applicants can begin by visiting the Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship website for additional information. All female firearms instructors, especially those in the Army Reserve, are encouraged to apply.

“No greater tribute could Linda have but to be able to have the work she was so passionate about carried on in her name with the same passion and effort that she exhibited,” George Harris said. “Pass this along and become a part of this movement to bring more women into our efforts to keep firearms as part of our heritage.”