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                 2. Location of Miss and Hit (LOMAH): We had complications with the LOMAH range due to the design of the system. The Trainees will need to confirm zero at 300m from the prone, kneeling barricade, and standing barricade positions. The LOMAH range sensors are not set up for kneeling and standing barricade shooting. The forward sensor does not register when in the kneeling or standing barricade positions due to its location and height. In addition, firing from the standing barricade or standing position risks striking the aft sensors downrange due to the downward angle of the shot. The downrange sensors lack the required fortification to prevent strikes from rounds.
3. Qualification Ranges: All record fire ranges (10, 16-20) are compliant with requirements for the new RM qualification at this time to include installation of permanent barricades and new software.
Instructors:
Instructor experience at Fort Jackson is an extant concern as many lack relevant marksmanship experience. The complexity of the training will demand more of our cadre, as they must achieve the same outcome within the BCT timeline versus the longer OSUT. Alpha Company conducted the RM with 4
x 11B and 1 x 19D MOS out of the
12 Drill Sergeants; none of the officers had combat arms experience. Most companies on Fort Jackson are looking at a 1 to 3 ratio of combat arms to combat support MOS Drill Sergeants, compared to the 3
to 1 ratio of Fort Benning. This gives Fort Jackson a wider
range of experience levels within its Drill Sergeant population and demonstrates the need for MMTC- trained Drill Sergeants. Instructional periods in both the Drill Sergeant Academy (DSA) and Reception and Integration Training (RIT) would educate non-MMTC trained Drill Sergeants. MMTC graduates are force multipliers used to properly train non-MMTC Drill Sergeants to become primary instructors.
We have found success if there is at least one Master Marksman SME per Platoon, and one Company representative as recommended by the Master Marksman director at the Maneuver Center for Excellence. Having a Company SME allows the initial block of instruction to be conducted at the Company level instead of Platoon level. This would help prevent deviation in instruction (platoon method vs company method). Once the Trainees have completed their initial block of instruction, the training and dry-fire drills may continue at the Platoon level.
Recommendations:
1. RM6 Breakdown: Due to the steep learning curve, it is recommended that we break up RM6 into three parts; RM6A, RM6B, and RM6C. RM6A would be used for single targets with barricades, allowing the Trainees to get a feel for live-fire and aiming at different positions. RM6B would be used for multiple targets with barricades. This allows Trainees time to practice transitions between multiple targets in width/ depth in a timed environment and familiarize themselves with shooting live-fire from a barricade position. Finally, RM6C is the pre-qualification which will allow them to pull together all the pieces – situational awareness (multiple target exposures), critical thinking (transitions), resiliency (overcome malfunctions), and confidence (magazine changes and work from their kits successfully). The increased trigger time prior to the first qualification will help alleviate the previously mentioned challenges observed in trainees BUIS
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