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STUTTGART, Germany — The Army is revamping small-arms training with tougher marksmanship tests designed to better prepare troops — whether cook or infantryman — to shoot straight while under duress.
The new standards, which take effect in October, will change how troops train with pistols and automatic rifles, the Army said. The standards must be met by October 2020.
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“It’s exactly what we would do in a combat environment, and I think it’s just going to build a much better shooter,” Sgt. Maj. Robert K. Fortenberry, of the Army’s infantry school at Fort Benning, Ga., said in a statement.
The aim is to get all soldiers to a “baseline” set of marksmanship skills that go beyond achieving just a passing score during routine weapons qualification testing. Rather than pulling from stacked pre-staged ammunition to hit targets, troops will now need to draw their gear as they would in conflict.
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”Marksmanship training should also train soldiers on the other tasks they’d face in using their weapon in combat,” the Army release said.
Soldiers will be tested on whether they can rapidly load and reload as they would in combat, as well as quickly switching firing positions and making snap decisions on what targets to hit. Other new requirements include demonstrating proficiency in night combat conditions and simulated chemical attacks.
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“You’re employing your weapon system in a more tactical environment or scenario, versus the more traditional way of...
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