In no other service do recruits receive such exacting training with the rifle as do those who undergo Marine Corps training. A Marine's expertise with the rifle is gained from learning the strict fundamentals of marksmanship which are taught along with the discipline to master these concepts. In this 4 hour program, you will learn the proven techniques taught to Marine recruits during their three weeks of intensive marksmanship training.
Phase 1: The first week of marksmanship training begins with the basics: breath control, bone support, muscle relaxation, natural point of aim, 'zeroing', sight alignment, and proper trigger control. You'll attend every class as the proper structure is taught for all firing positions: prone, sitting, kneeling and standing.
Phase 2: You advance to the firing ranges as recruits put their new knowledge to use and qualify as Marksmen, Sharpshooters, and Experts. If they fail to qualify, they are dropped from their unit and set back in training. The target sizes and qualification tables are presented in this program so viewers can 'qualify' against the same standards as Marine recruits.
Phase 3: In Week 3, recruits learn to apply their knowledge to combat situations. They learn to alter their firing positions so as to present the smallest possible target to the enemy. They learn the fundamentals of low-light firing, firing from unknown distances, firing from effective cover, effects of weather, and leading a target. Only then are they regarded as trained and capable riflemen worthy of continuing the training of the United States Marine Corps.