Soldier Performance on a New Marksmanship Course of Fire
Final rept. Oct 2008-Aug 2009
NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP COLUMBUS GA
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The research investigated a new course of fire, called combat field fire CFF, to determine CFF marksmanship standards, and where CFF should occur in marksmanship training. CFF is a complex scenario requiring changing magazines, reacting to a simulated malfunction and engaging targets within arrays that require multiple hits. Ten training companies 1976 Soldiers from the Infantry OSUT and Basic Combat Training Brigades at Ft. Benning, GA participated. Six companies executed Army qualification at the end of basic rifle marksmanship BRM and CFF at the end of advanced rifle marksmanship ARM. Four executed CFF in BRM and executed Army qualification in ARM. Performance data and Soldier interviews revealed the unique dynamics of CFF, differentiating it from Army qualification. Results showed that CFF should be in ARM, as Soldiers were not prepared in BRM for the additional skills and demands required by CFF. Recommended standards were developed for the Expert, Sharpshooter, Marksman, and Unqualified marksmanship categories, TPU trained, needs practice, and not trained categories., and GoNoGo categories.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations