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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

WEAPONS TRAINING BATTALION

COMBAT MARKSMANSHIP CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND

QUANTICO, VIRGINIA 22134 5040

LESSON PLAN


INTRODUCTION TO MARINE CORPS RIFLE MARKSMANSHIP
CMC-03
COMBAT MARKSMANSHIP COACHES COURSE

08/12/2008

APPROVED BY ___________________ DATE _____________

(ON SLIDE #1)
INTRODUCTION (3 MIN)
1. GAIN ATTENTION. The ability to engage targets accurately is a skill learned by every Marine. The Marine Corps Rifle Marksmanship Program is designed to teach and reinforce marksmanship skills for both entry-level and experienced shooters. The Combat Marksmanship Coach (CMC) and Combat Marksmanship Trainer (CMT) are vital elements of the marksmanship program. The CMC and CMT are the primary individuals on the range who work closely with shooters to help develop and refine their marksmanship skills. The success of the Marine Corps Rifle Marksmanship Program is due largely to the efforts and expertise of dedicated CMCs who hone shooters skills. By the end of this period of instruction you will have a better understanding of the marksmanship program in order to successfully train your shooters in every table of the Marksmanship Program.
(On slide #2)

2. OVERVIEW. Good morning, my name is . . . The purpose of this lesson is to cover the Marine Corps Combat Marksmanship Program. I will cover this by discussing the four tables of the Marksmanship Program and introducing the Rifle Combat Optic.


(On slide #3)

3
INSTRUCTOR NOTE

Introduce learning objectives.

. LEARNING OBJECTIVES


a. TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE. Given range supplies, equipment, training area, and personnel to be trained; prepare shooters for small arms dry-fire and live fire exercises. In order that all performance steps are completed for all shooters.


b. ENABLING LEARNING OBJECTIVES.
(1) Given range supplies, equipment, training area, and personnel, identify proper equipment so that all performance steps are completed for all shooters per MCO P1200.7 MOS manual.


(On slide #4)

4. METHOD/MEDIA. This lesson will be taught using the informal lecture method and aided by power point presentation.


INSTRUCTOR NOTE

Explain Instructional Rating Forms to the students.

5. EVALUATION. You will be evaluated on this (how, when, where?) . . .


6. SAFETY/CEASE TRAINING (CT) BRIEF. There is no safety brief associated with this lesson.
(On slide #5)

TRANSITION: Are there any questions relating to how this lesson will be conducted or how you’ll be evaluated? If not, let’s discuss the Marine Corps Combat Marksmanship Program.
BODY ( 40 MIN)
(On slide #6)
1. MARINE CORPS COMBAT MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM. ( 20 MIN)
a. Four Table Program.
(1) Overview of the Four Tables. Rifle marksmanship is taught using four progressive tables: Known Distance (KD) Firing (Table I), Basic Combat Marksmanship (Table II), Intermediate Combat Marksmanship (Table III) and Advanced Combat Marksmanship (Table IV). Tables I–IV teach Marines the application of marksmanship fundamentals to function as an individual or part of a unit engaged in combat.
(On slide #7)

(2) Preparatory Marksmanship Training. Prior to Table I training, Preparatory Marksmanship Training is required for all shooters regardless of rank. The unit is responsible for conducting this training. The unit CMT is the Marine who conducts the training through a series of classroom instruction and practical application exercises. During this stage, Marines develop a sound foundation of marksmanship knowledge and practice skills under close supervision of the CMC. This training is critical to identify and correct any deficiencies, before the Marine ever begins live fire training. Preparatory Training provides the basis for all follow-on marksmanship training. Correct firing techniques must become second nature. Therefore, it is important to develop and master weapons handling and an understanding of fundamental marksmanship skills during this stage of training.


(On slide #8)

(3) Table I: Fundamental Rifle Marksmanship. Table I training is conducted by the rifle range personnel. The coach on the range is responsible for coaching Marines through dry and live fire exercises.


(a) During Table I training, the skills learned in Preparatory Marksmanship Training are applied on a KD range. Here further development and refinement of those skills are achieved during live fire.
(b) This table gives the shooter an opportunity to apply the fundamental marksmanship skills learned to date. Therefore, it is essential that the Marine practice and employ correct firing techniques, and make a continued effort to master weapons handling skills. Feedback from the CMC is critical to identify areas where the shooter needs improvement.
(c) In order to successfully complete Table I, a shooter must demonstrate proficiency in the ability to engage stationary targets with the service rifle/carbine at known distances, and zero the service rifle/carbine.
(On slide #9)

(4) Table II Basic Combat Rifle Marksmanship. Table II training consists of classroom instruction, practical application and live-fire exercises/evaluation. Both the unit and the rifle range personnel conduct training within Table II. Units are responsible for the preparatory classroom instruction, and range personnel conduct the practical application and live-fire portions. Rifle range personnel may conduct the preparatory classroom instruction as long as there is an agreement established between the unit and range. The range CMCs coach Marines through dry and live fire exercises. In Table II training, Marines take the marksmanship fundamentals taught in Tables I and apply them in a variety of field firing conditions. This table also helps the Marine develop increased confidence with his weapon. Where possible, Table II training is conducted immediately upon completion of Tables I.


(On slide #10)

(5) Table III: Intermediate Combat Rifle Marksmanship. In this table the Marine further advances their knowledge of combat marksmanship with a more advanced course of fire. Shooters will be able to fire this course of fire with iron sights or with a rifle combat optic (if the unit has them). Marines will also be required to pass a night qualification course.


(On slide #11)

(6) Table IV: Advanced Combat Rifle Marksmanship. In Table IV all of the skills learned in Table III are reinforced and improved. Additionally, advanced techniques and procedures necessary for infantry Marines are introduced.




(On slide #12)

TRANSITION: So far we’ve discussed the four tables of the Marksmanship Program. Are there any questions?
Question: Can someone tell me what in what table is the night qualification course fired?
Answer: The third table is where the night qualification course is fired.
(On slide #13)

2. THE RIFLE COMBAT OPTIC (RCO). ( 2 MIN) The Commandant of the Marine Corps has determined that all Marines requalification post Recruit Training and the Basic School will be conducted with the RCO.



SUMMARY: (2 MIN)
The four tables that make up the Marine Corps Combat Marksmanship Program from the Preparatory Training to the infantry tactics of Table IV firing are building blocks for training. By fully understanding each table of Marksmanship it will enhance your proficiency as a Combat Marksmanship Coach. Those of you with the Instructional Rating Forms please fill them out and place them at the back of the classroom.



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