Co. H learns fundamentals of marksmanship
By Cpl. Walter D. Marino II
| Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | November 16, 2013
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton --
Company H, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, learned the fundamentals of Marine Corps combat marksmanship at Edson Range, Oct. 31.
For Recruit James A. Brickley, Platoon 2162, the possibility of failure was his biggest fear during Table Two combat marksmanship qualification. The previous week, Brickley struggled with the rifle marksmanship test and the fear of failure carried over to his present challenge of Table Two combat marksmanship.
If recruits do not pass rifle qualification, it is possible for them to be set back in training. Brickley explained he could not fathom the idea of not graduating with his fellow recruits, whom he had come so far with.
“It came down to the last shot. If I would have missed I would have failed; and then I got five points,” said the Anchorage, Alaska native about his qualification.
The qualification requires recruits to fire 42 rounds from 25-yards away and 8 shots from 10-yards away. Each round on target is worth two points and a minimum of 60 points is required to pass.
Before the test, recruits were given a practice run to familiarize themselves with what would be required of them during Table Two. A head shot and firing on moving target were just some of the exercises required.
During the practice run and test, recruits were separated into small groups and given a range coach for supervision and guidance. Recruits were corrected on stance and marksmanship fundamentals by their range coaches. This allowed recruits to learn from their mistakes. When the official test began, the recruits looked noticeably more confident.
“Besides going over the fundamentals with them, the biggest thing I tell them is to relax. That’s one of the most common problems recruits have,” said Cpl. Rafael Quintana, range coach, Weapons and Field Training Battalion.
Brickley placed the vast majority of his shots on target. According to Staff Sgt. Jared W. Morris, line staff, Alpha Range, Weapons and Field Training Battalion has a 100 percent pass rate and 89.5 percent average score over the past fiscal year.
Morris proudly explained that the success rate correlates to the importance of the training.
“It’s not just about putting holes in a target. It’s about being proficient with your weapon when under stress. We understand these skills are vital for possible combat situations.”