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                 RM1B (4 hours)
Continues to place emphasis on the application of the functional elements of the Shot Process while introducing all Dry Fire Drills with a video breakdown. There is a written test consisting of 30 questions that reviews all topics in Weapons Immersion, RM1A, and RM1B (Appendix 2). This serves as the first gateway for the RM glide path IAW TC 3-20.40 and allows Drill Sergeants to see where each Trainee stands.
Table I (4 hours)
Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction and Evaluation is a pre-live fire, hands-on evaluation of the Soldiers’ demonstrated performance on weaponry tasks, characteristics, capabilities, and function of their assigned individual weapon. It verifies the Soldier’s ability to perform critical tasks, apply immediate and remedial action, and employ the weapon safely during training and tactical operations. During Table
I, Soldiers must demonstrate proficiency on individual tasks and skills through testable (written) and performance (hands-on) evaluation called the WEAPONS DRILLS CROSSWALK. This is being executed during the round robin training at the HAMMER as an additional task externally evaluated by the Drill Sergeant adding one hour for the Company.
Appendix 2: Table Index
Table I: PMI&E, is the hands-on and cognitive evaluation of the critical tasks necessary to safely and
effectively employ the Soldier’s assigned weapon.
Table II: Simulation-based demonstration of the Soldier’s performance in applying the shot process outlined in each individual weapon’s TC. In this environment, leaders are able to replicate live conditions while providing critical feedback for their Soldiers that will better prepare them for live-fire events. Where Table II refines firing tasks,
Table III: Drills, refines and evaluates the physical manipulations learned in Table I. Tables I-III are prerequisites to live fire where the Soldier must successfully pass the Gate to Live Fire (GTLF) before progressing to live-fire tables IV-VI. The tables can be executed in any order, provided they are evaluated within six weeks for active component, or six months for Guard and Reserve components, of any of the live- fire tables.
Table IV: Basic, is a live-fire condition used forbasic skills training at a reduced tempo. For rifle, Soldiers must place eight of 10 consecutive rounds within the four-centimeter aiming point on the A8 zero target and then confirm their zero at 300 meters during LOMAH.
Table V: Practice, is designed to be more difficult than the qualification by purposely inducing malfunctions and increasing the engagement tempo Soldiers are required to execute. This table builds the Soldier’s confidence in the weapon, ammunition, optics, and training.
Table VI: Qualification, is the Army-standard record course of fire (COF) used to determine live-fire proficiency on an assigned weapon. For all weapons found in TC 3-20.40, Soldiers receive their rating from Stage 1, but they must receive GOs on subsequent stages to be considered qualified for collective live fire or a marksmanship rating.
SFC Donald W. Castelow, from the 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 165th Infantry Brigade is the primary author for this article. He was assisted by CPT Ian P. Sandall, CSM Andrew J. Bullock and LTC Andrew D. Staples.
New Rifle Marksmanship
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