R 081600Z NOV 19
MSGID/GENADMIN/CG TECOM QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/FISCAL YEAR 2020 COMPETITION-IN-ARMS PROGRAM//
REF/A/MSGID: DOC/CMC/4 SEP 14//
NARR/REF A IS MCO 3574.2L, MARINE CORPS COMBAT MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAMS.//
POC/O’DRISCOLL, M.R./MAJ/OIC USMC SHOOTING TEAM/TEL: DSN 278-5450/COMM: (703) 784-5450//
POC/SCOTT, C.D./CAPT/OIC ACTION SHOOTING TEAM/TEL: DSN 278-5275/COMM: (703) 784-5275//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Purpose. To announce the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Competition-In-Arms Program (CIAP) regional Marine Corps Marksmanship Competitions (MCMC).
2. Background. The MCMC enhances a Marine’s lethality on the battlefield via advanced marksmanship training and competition in support of the Commandant’s guidance to develop elite warriors with physical and mental toughness, tenacity, initiative, and aggressiveness to innovate, adapt, and win in a rapidly changing operating environment. The MCMC provides an opportunity to refine the fundamental skills that make a Marine lethal on the battlefield and able to deliver lethal force in a dynamic environment.
2.a. The Marine Corps Shooting Team (MCST) coordinates and supervises five regional MCMCs, formerly known as Division Matches, held annually at: Far East, Pacific, West, East, and the Marine Corps Championships. Participants will greatly enhance their lethality in the use of individual small arms by refining fundamental marksmanship skills, learning marksmanship techniques, and pushing through mental and physical boundaries in a competitive forum. In addition to receiving advanced marksmanship training within the action shooting (two-gun rifle/pistol) discipline, Marines attending the regional MCMC will also complete their annual rifle and annual pistol training requirements.
3. Individual Eligibility. All officer and enlisted Marines of the active and reserve components who meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in the CIAP/MCMCs: (1) approved by their command; (2) have at least one year remaining on contract from date of regional MCMC; and (3) possess the maturity and competence to safely conduct advanced marksmanship training. Retired Marines, prior service Marines, and law enforcement officers may also be authorized by the hosting command to participate.
3.a. Maximum participation increases the number of highly skilled and lethal Marksmen across the Marine Corps. Commanders from all elements of the MAGTF are encouraged to support individual and teamentries. Quotas will be set by the host units based on range capacity and availability. In the event that participant entries exceed capacity, registration approvals will be prioritized as follows: Active Duty Marines; Marine Reservists; retired/prior service Marines; law enforcement.
3.b. The regional Formal Marksmanship Training Units (FMTU) will serve as lead planners for their respective match locations. The FMTU will work initial quota management with local commands and remain in close coordination with the MCST to ensure all commands are afforded the opportunity to send Marines.
4. Command sponsored teams. Commands may send individuals or entire teams to the regional MCMC. To compete for team trophies and medals, units must ensure their team(s) is enrolled in the MCMC and meet three criteria: (1) an officer, (2) a first time competitor, known as a tyro, ranked sergeant or below, and (3) two additional Marines of any rank, one of which must be enlisted. Teams are authorized to include a non-firing team member of any rank to serve as a coach. All Marines will compete for individual marksmanship medals, but only authorized teams will be allowed to compete for team trophies and medals. Commands may enter more than one competitive team as long as they meet the above criteria. All members of the team must be enrolled in the MCMC and complete all individual stages.
4.a. Commands may compete for large unit or small unit trophies at the MCMC West and MCMC East competitions. A large unit is comprised of 600 or more Marines as found on the unit’s Table of Organization and Equipment (TO and E) report from the Total Force Structure Management System (TFSMS). A small unit is comprised of less than 600 Marines as found on the unit’s TO and E report. If fewer than three eligible teams are present, the small unit trophy will not be conferred.
5. The MCMCs will consist of 12 total training days over a two week period. Marines who participate in the FY20 CIAP/MCMCs will receive the following two-week training package.
5.a. Week one: history of the CIAP, classroom instruction, firing positions, dry fire, establishing zeroes, individual marksmanship practice, Annual Rifle Training, Annual Pistol Training, and individual competition.
5.b. Week two: instruction on advanced pistol and rifle positions, firing while moving, dynamic target engagement, individual competition with rifle and pistol, team competition, and awards ceremony.
5.c. Authorized weapons for the regional MCMCs are the issued service rifle and service pistol. This includes the M16A4, M4, and M27 service rifles with issued Rifle Combat Optic (RCO) or Squad Day Optic (SDO). The M9 series pistol and M18 Modular Handgun System (MHS) are the authorized service pistols. The M38 Designated Marksman Rifle is not authorized for competitors. Additional weapon attachments and SL-3 must be approved by the MCST prior to the first day of the competition.
6. FY20 CIAP Schedule.
6.a. MCMC Far East, 9 through 20 December 2019. Hosting Commander: Commanding General, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler. Hosting Unit: FMTU, Camp Hansen, Okinawa. First Training Day: Monday, 9 December 2019. Live-fire training days: 10 through 14 December and 16 through 19 December 2019. Award ceremony: 20 December 2019.
6.b. MCMC Pacific, 27 January through 7 February 2020. Hosting Commander: Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Hosting Unit: FMTU, Pu'uloa Range Training Facility. First Training Day: Monday, 27 January 2020. Live-fire training days: 28 January through 1 February and 3 through 6 February 2020. Award ceremony: 7 February 2020.
6.c. MCMC West, 10 through 21 February 2020. Hosting Commander: Commanding General, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), 29 Palms. Hosting Unit: FMTU, MCAGCC. First Training Day: Monday, 10 February 2020. Live-fire training days: 11 through 15 February and 17 through 20 February 2020. Award ceremony: 21 February 2020.
6.d. MCMC East, 23 March through 5 April 2020. Hosting Commander: Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Hosting Unit: Weapons Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. First Training Day: Monday, 23 March 2020. Live-fire training days: 24 through 28 March and 30 March through 2 April 2020. Award ceremony: 3 April 2020.
6.e. MCMC Championships, 8 through 24 April 2020. Hosting Commander: Commanding General, Training and Education Command. Hosting Unit: Weapons Training Battalion (WTBN) Quantico. First Training Day: Wednesday, 8 April 2020. Live-fire training days: 9 through 11 April, 13 through 18 April, and 20 through 23 April 2020. Award ceremony: 24 April 2020.
7.a. Hosting Commands.
7.a.1. For the duration of your respective regional MCMC, provide the following personnel to support preparation and the MCST’s oversight of the competition:
(1) Match Executive Officer; First Lieutenant or Captain (Capt).
(1) Match Statistics Staff Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge (SNCOIC); Staff Sergeant (SSgt) or Gunnery Sergeant.
(1) Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO) for every range conducting live-fire training in accordance with local Base Range Control requirements; Sergeant through Capt.
(1) Certified Range Officer-in-Charge (OIC) for every day of live-fire training, in accordance with local Base Range Control requirements; SSgt through Capt.
(2) Position Safety Officer (PSO) for each range/stage of action shooting; Lance Corporal through SSgt.
(1) Small Arms Repairer, MOS 2111; Corporal (Cpl) through SSgt.
7.a.2. Hosting commands will ensure the hosting unit releases a local Letter of Instruction (LOI) providing more details on range regulations, armory availability and/or procedures, billeting availability, and classroom location for the first training day. Thelocal LOIs allow tenant commands to effectively coordinate ahead of time. All administrative requirements should be complete before the first training day.
7.b. Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa.
7.b.1. The MCST will require support when attending the MCMC Far East match due to international and Status of Forces Agreement restrictions; i.e. rental cars and driver licenses. For the duration of MCMC Far East, ensure the MCST has support as tasked in paragraph 7.a. along with:
(1) Sponsor to coordinate transportation to/from Naha International Airport, transportation to on-base lodging, coordination of on-base lodging, and access to on-base messing; SSgt through Capt.
(2) Dedicated drivers to ensure the MCST can transit between lodging and ranges; Cpl through Capt.
(2) Dedicated vehicles, government owned or rentals. If using rental vehicles the MCST line of accounting will pay for the assets if the hosting command provides licensed drivers.
7.c. Hosting Unit Responsibilities.
7.c.1. The hosting unit will ensure range personnel are trained, certified, and able to serve as range OIC, RSO, and PSO for the duration of the regional MCMC.
7.c.2. The hosting unit will bear the financial cost for all required targetry, shot spotters, golf tees, scorecards, and any other materials required to support annual rifle, annual pistol, and individual stages of the match.
7.c.3. The MCST will require a minimum of seven PRC-153 hand-held radios to facilitate internal team coordination, resolve scoring disputes, and rotate competitors between stages.
7.c.4. The Marksmanship Program Management Section (MPMS) One target, NSN 6920-01-625-6748, will be the primary paper target used during week two. However, hosting units may use any approved paper target from three gun Nation, International Practical Shooting Confederation, International Defensive Pistol Association, United States Practical Shooting Association, or similarly accredited sport shooting organization, so long as the same target is used for the duration of the action shooting (two-gun) competition. Steel targets are authorized and encouraged, but must abide by range safety parameters as found in DA-PAM 385-63 and MCO 3570.1C.
7.c.5. The hosting unit is responsible for the engraving of all team trophies awarded.
7.c.6. In close coordination with the MCST, the hosting unit will publish a paper match bulletin capturing complete results of the match, to include: the rifle/pistol individual winners, the rifle/pistol high tyros, all Marines who earn distinguished credit points, all Marines who received the designation of Distinguished Marksman or Distinguished Pistol Shot, team results, and any other information as deemed appropriate to the regional match. Match bulletins will be provided in a quantity sufficient to allow all competitors to receive a copy with two copies provided to the MCST for historical filing.
7.c.7. The hosting unit will provide dedicated work spaces for the MCST Admin section to register Marines, manage scores, and update the match bulletin. At a minimum, two NIPR computers connected to a printer.
7.c.8. The MCST will provide shot timers and scoring tablets to record competitor scores. The MCST will provide training to hosting unit range support personnel on scoring tablet use. This will be the primary scoring system used to upload competitor scores into PractiScore.
8. The MCMC Championship Match, 8 through 24 April 2020, WTBN Quantico, consists of three weeks of instruction: precision rifle, precision pistol, and action (three-gun). Weapons used will include the National Match M16A4 rifle, National Match M1911A1 pistol, Devil Dog Arms AR-15, Benelli M2, and M18 service pistol.
8.a. Marines who place in the top 10-percent at their respective MCMC will be invited to participate in the MCMC Championship Match.
8.b. Personnel selected to attend the MCMC Championship Match will be funded by the MCST and will receive a cross-organizational line of accounting to the MCST.
8.c. All competitors attending the MCMC Championship Match will arrive at Quantico with their Temporary Additional Duty orders, medical and dental records.
8.d. Marines who demonstrate maturity, professionalism, and exceptional marksmanship talent at the MCMC Championship Match will be invited to augment the MCST for the remainder of the shooting season; May through August 2020.
8.e. Summer augments to the MCST will compete in inter-service, state, regional, and national level matches throughout the United States. The MCST provides TAD funding for all Marines serving as summer augments. The Commanding Officer of WTBN Quantico will send invitations to the commanding officers of those Marines eligible and invited to participate as summer augments.
8.f. Marines who were invited to join the MCST as summer augments during the Fiscal Year 2019 shooting season, but were unable to compete, are encouraged to send a request for participation through their O-5 commanding officer to the Commanding Officer, Weapons Training Battalion, Training Command (C476), 27211 Garand Road, Quantico, VA 22134-5036 for consideration in the FY20 shooting season.
8.g. Summer augments to the MCST will also have the opportunity to attend any additional courses offered by WTBN Quantico, as seats are available; i.e. Combat Marksmanship Coach/Trainer or Foreign Weapons Instructor Course.
9. Coordinating Instructions.
9.a. All competitors are required to compete with both rifle and pistol. All competitors are required to attend all instruction and training listed in this message.
9.b. Marines should report on the specified check-in day with a roster of all competitors to include who is firing in the team match, Pre-Fire Inspection (PFI) and Limited Technical Inspection (LTI) inspection sheets, confirm competitor enrollment in PractiScore, and ensure all administrative requirements are complete prior to the first day of training.
9.c. At the discretion of the hosting commander/unit civilian competitors, law enforcement, and retired or prior service Marines may be authorized to participate in the MCMCs. They must coordinate with the hosting FMTU for service weapons and ammunition. Retired/prior service Marines who earn their final Excellence-in-Competition credit to become distinguished will receive their distinguished shield and associated paperwork. Civilian competitors must abide by all federal and base requirements when entering a Marine Corps installation.
9.d. The MCST only provides weapons and ammunition for the MCMC Championship Match. For the regional MCMCs, competitors are directed to bring their organizational M16A4/M4/M27 service rifles and M9/M18 service pistols. To ensure the competition is uniform, rifle iron sights are not authorized and all service rifles must have the appropriate issued optic. All service weapons must have a PFI and LTI to prove the weapons have been inspected and safe for live fire. The Global Combat Support System (GCSS) PFI/LTI inspection sheets are the documentation required. For individual competitors or commands that may not have ready access to GCSS PFI/LTI sheets, a certified MOS 2111/2112 Armorer must sign off on a pre-fire inspection sheet proving the weapons, by serial number, have been inspected and safe for live fire.
9.e. Competitors will fire Tables 1 and 2 of annual rifle training and the Combat Pistol Program to satisfy annual marksmanship training requirements. They should bring the following minimum required gear: helmet, plate carrier, hip “war” belt, rifle and pistol magazine retention devices, four rifle magazines, rifle sling, two pistol magazines, pistol holster, eye and ear protection. Shooting gear and equipment allowed will be limited to the same as authorized for annual rifle/pistol qualification.
9.f. The following items are not authorized for competition: competition pistol holsters, shooting jackets, competition magazines, etc.
9.g. The MCST is not responsible, or authorized, to upload a competitor’s annual rifle and pistol scores into the Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS). Upon conclusion of the competition, the command’s senior member present, an OIC or SNCOIC, must collect all annual rifle and pistol training score cardsand turn them over to their respective unit Operations Section (S-3). Individual competitors must collect their score cards upon conclusion of the match from the regional FMTU.
9.h. The website https:(slash)(slash)practiscore.com is free and will be used to register competitors, pass information, and post individual scores as the match progresses. The MCST Admin Section will ensure a unique match is prepared for each of the regional MCMCs. Marines are required to create a free account and pre-register on an individual basis to expedite the check-in day. During check-in, the unit’s match OIC/SNCOIC will coordinate with the MCST Admin Section to ensure rosters are accurate.
10. The Marine Corps Shooting Team is tasked with supervising the conduct of the MCMCs by providing a match director and mobile training team to train Marines and manage the competition. Any deviations from the rules and regulations established by the MCST will be approved by the MCST OIC under direction from the Commanding Officer, WTBn, Quantico as the Marine Corps Marksmanship Proponent.
11. This MARADMIN is applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve. Members of the Marine Forces Reserve (MFR) Shooting Team are authorized to compete in any one of the regional MCMCs. Members of the MFR Shooting Team are not eligible to compete for team trophies unless they are firing as part of their drilling reserve unit.
12. The MCST will continue to post updated information on their social media accounts: Facebook, USMC Shooting Team; Instagram, usmcshootingteam; Twitter, @usmcshootingtm.
13. The Small Arms Marksmanship Competition order, MCO 3591.2K was signed 01 September, 2014. The training guidance and competition rules remain unchanged and in effect with the exception of the awarding of trophy rifles which will not be awarded in the FY20 CIAP. Any units that desire a copy of the signed MCO should contact the MCST.
14. This MARADMIN is canceled 30 September 2020.
15. Release authorized by Major General William F. Mullen III, Commanding General, Training and Education Command.//