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                  Qualification Comparison for Legacy and New Rifle Marksmanship
Fig 1
New Rifle Marksmanship
    Legacy Qualification
  New Qualification
  Comments
 Tower Command
   Y
   N
   Trainees learn to think and act independently.
   Target Exposure
 2 max at a time
 4 max at a time
 Engaging more targets reinforces situational awareness, critical thinking and problem solving. 100 and 50 meter target size change.
  Shooting Positions
  3 positions
  5 positions
 The added benefit of barricades allows Trainees to understand how to take cover while firing from multiple positions.
   Barricade Shoot
   N
   Y
   Time
 15-20 min
 3 min 10 sec
 With the new qual, a Company of 240 firers can qualify on 16 lanes in 2 hrs and 4 min with 5 min between each iteration. This faster throughput allows more time for multiple attempts and increases trigger time.
 Workspace Manipulation
  N
  Y
  The added practice of working off kit and workspace manipulation increases skills during Buddy Team Live Fire creating combat realism and a safer environment overall.
  Work off Kit
   N
   Y
   Rounds Counted
  N
  Y
   Trainees are now responsible for keeping track of rounds fired and when to change magazines.
   Alt-C targets
  Y
  Y/(N-for BCT)
  Alt-C is not a realistic training aid and can only be conducted if a record fire range is not available. Must be approved by the first General officer in the chain of command.
   Total Days
  16
  16d + 8h*
  The 8 x additional hours are the inclusion of required Dry Fire Drills, and written examination. *This is the current recommendation and may adjust as more data is collected.
 Observations:
We began the pilot with one Platoon in Alpha Company for cycle 19-03 and observed an increase in marksmanship skills and techniques. This, however, was accomplished with the sacrifice of approximately eight combatives training hours out of the required 33.1 hours in the POI due to the additional training requirements of the new RM program.
As with any RM period, Trainees drew their individual assigned weapon with four M4 magazines (colored tape for training), four Dummy, Drilled, Inert (DDI) rounds, sling and BFA. For the new RM, our RM density week timeline for the cycle was pulled forward from week three to day four due to the increased skill required by the complex engagements, weapon manipulation conducted during transitions, and the multiple unprompted position changes, all while working against a continuously running time clock – more was demanded of the shooter.
The most important two weeks of the program remained in Red Phase as the Trainees started to learn the new RM program. It introduces the foundational knowledge base of the characteristics and capabilities
of the M4 Carbine. This introduction to the functional elements of the shot process will continue to be reinforced throughout this initial period during concurrent training, simulations (EST II), and each course of fire.
The first two weeks provided the opportunity to conduct Shooter analysis and identify areas that can be improved upon in the application of the four tenets of safe weapons handling, loading, unloading, disassembly, reassembly, function check, carry positions and work space utilization while identifying and making corrections. Practical exercises covering these areas were conducted during this instruction. These
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