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                 were the Dry Fire Drills (Fighting Up), Firing Positions (Prone Unsupported, Prone Supported, Kneeling Barricade Supported and Standing Barricade Supported), introduce transitions between positions, sling utilization and Fighting Load Carrier (FLC) set-up. Additionally, an introduction to dry-fire drills video from Fort Benning was shown during RM1A, and was beneficial in helping the Trainees understand the process.
The following cycle (19-04), we transitioned the pilot to encompass all four Platoons in Alpha Company. Two of the Platoons conducted the new RM training with changes to the POI (cutting into combatives)
to accommodate the additional RM hours, while the other two Platoons conducted the new RM training without any change to the POI (conducted in evenings when no POI training was scheduled). This required approximately one hour of additional training between dinner chow and lights-out (1800-2100) for eight training days during red phase. The smaller blocks have enabled us to continue adherence to the POI without interruption to our combatives training. The lack of additional Physical Fitness training conducted during these hours had no effect on our EOC APFT average compared to previous cycles. Data has not been collected yet on the impact that it could have on the ACFT and ACFT improvement approach.
Training:
1. Gated Training Structure: As we move forward with the RM glide path, we will use a progressive gated structure that gives a general overview of each respective RM period as referenced in Appendix 2. Weapons immersion remains key for this new program, the earlier the better.
We believe that it is important to teach shooting positions and equipment setup from the outset, beginning immediately after the first 72 hours of BCT.
2. Written Exam: We plan to conduct a written exam after RM1B in upcoming cycles that includes the four tenants of weapons safety and eight cycles of function for the M4. The exam is 30 questions and is considered the first gateway. The test is required IAW TC 3-22.40.
3. Bore Sighting: We have found that mechanical and bore sighting must be done prior to group/zero; this may be done on the drill pad prior to any live-fire. This allows the shot groups to start closer to the final zero prior to firing the first live shot, which saves on both ammunition and time.
4. Concurrent Training: Concurrent training through BUIS qualification is laid out in advance by the Company prior to the cycle. After BUIS, remedial concurrent training is tailored based on Trainee’s weaknesses and overall performances.
5. Qualification Results: First-time go rate for BUIS pre-qualification (RM6) has been significantly lower than on the legacy qualification. Cycle 19-02 was the legacy qualification to establish a baseline. Cycle 19-03 had one platoon fire the new qualification with an RM 6 average score of 10 and a first-time
go rate of 6%. This data was from one firing order, without multiple RM 6 attempts. During the 19-03 cycle, RM 7 demonstrated a large GO rate increase to 26% with an average score of 25, close to that of the legacy qualification. The same day we conducted legacy qualification with that platoon, and achieved a 77% first-time GO rate. This demonstrated the improvement in capability of the trainees from the RM program
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