REFERENCES MARINE CORPS ORDER MCO 3574.2J W/CH 1: ENTRY LEVEL AND SUSTAINMENT LEVEL MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING WITH THE M16A2 SERVICE RIFLE AND M9 SERVICE PISTOL.
MARINE CORPS ORDER MCO 3591.2J W/CH1: SMALL ARMS MARKSMANSHIP COMPETITION.
INSTRUCTOR MANUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR MANUAL, NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION.
ENTRY LEVEL AND SUSTAINMENT LEVEL MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING Thesis: The Marine Corps' entry and sustainment level marksmanship training hinders the combat readiness of the individual Marine.
I. The Marine Corps order on entry and sustainment level marksmanship training.
a. The priority of marksmanship training. The individual Marine places more value on scores and badges, and less on realism; perhaps so does the Corps.
b. The mindset of the Marine during training.
(1) During training the Marines focus is on score not realism.
(2) During training the Marine's coach is also more concerned with the Marine's score.
II. The effects of qualification training on the battlefield.
Dealing with malfunctions.
(1) Immediate action vs. Remedial action vs. S.P.O.R.T.S. Different malfunctions call for different actions.
(2) Cover should be sought for every malfunction and reload. Communication should occur during periods of non-operability.
b. Yard lines, gear, and "artificial support".
(1) Shooters know their distance from the target during training but not combat. The battlefield is 360 degrees, not simply straight ahead.
(2) Marines dress one way for qualification and another during combat.
(3) Marines do not train on terrain similar to what might be expected on the battlefield.
III. Change 1,489c w/changes, subject to change on rifle range training. Is it beneficial? a. If I have saved only one soul, then it all will have been worth it. No dollar amount spent on rounds or range modifications can measure up to a Marines life.
b. Will change be effective and achieve desired results? Many law enforcement agencies have...