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                 changes, but also the increased challenge from the new qualification compared to legacy. Cycle 19-04 had Group A (added RM POI hours at expense of Combatives etc.) and Group B (extra RM training conducted after POI training complete for the day.)
6. Qualification Issues: The pre-qualification for BUIS had issues even though Trainees had several repetitions of it in the EST (synthetic range environment). When firing on a standard range (live range environment), Trainees did not know when to transition, and did not hit many targets on the first attempt. The newness of the program and need for the Trainee to make critical decisions (when to transition) contributed to the low scores. We mitigated this by having the tower direct transitions to the Trainees for the pre-qual. When it came time for final qualification, the Trainees, having now had multiple repetitions on Fort Jackson qualification ranges, no longer required the tower commands – the class had adapted to the new RM environment.
7. Learning Curve: We discovered that the steep learning curve does not allow Trainees enough time to become proficient on BUIS in order to qualify for the increased complexity (working off of kit, transitions,
# of exposures, etc.) of the live fire scenario. The issue is the rapid progression into BUIS pre-qualification within RM 6 for Trainees; essentially we are asking for the same level of competency expected during Buddy Team Live Fire (Wk 7), but during week three of training. This is only the third time Trainees fire live rounds, following Group & Zero and LOMAH, and officially it’s the first time they have fired from barriers as part of a course of fire. The Company’s average CCO score of 27 the following week demonstrated
much improvement due to the additional repetitions and familiarization with course of fire and the new qualification standards.
Facilities:
The following facilities are required to maximize training:
1. Engagement Skills Trainer II (EST): is vital to developing proper shooting technique. The Drill Sergeants use of trace analysis in the EST can identify fundamental shooting errors prior to live rounds being fired, by
pinpointing the
exact part of the
shot process that the
Trainee is having
difficulties with.
That being said, few
cadre are familiar
with the Trace
Analysis software
suite within the EST.
At the time of this
paper, two of the
four EST buildings
have been equipped
with barricades to
support the new RM course of fire. The addition of the barricades does reduce the number of useable lanes from 15 to nine, but with the given POI hours, a company at full fill will still be able to conduct training during a normally scheduled EST day. The barricades can be removed from the metal frames in order to maximize all lanes while conducting group and zero. An order has been placed with TAS-C for 54x metal frame barricades to fill remaining EST buildings. The EST has already installed the software to run the new RM qualification program. Even though the lanes have been reduced to nine, the throughput is unaffected due to the faster qualification time.
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