United States Army

Marskmanship Unit (Competitions)

The Chief of Competition plans, directs, and coordinates the competition and shooting functions, work operations, and activities for the USAMU.  He assists coaches in researching and developing techniques needed to take teams and individuals to the level of national champions and Olympic medalists.  He provides support to coaches in developing the necessary training for the USAMU to compete and win at the Interservice, National and International level and promotes marksmanship throughout the Army.  He works with the Director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program to provide coaching schools and the National Matches and International Rifle Clinics to the Nations top junior shooters.  He works with military and civilian organizations to provide coaching and schedule clinics and demonstrations.  He Coordinates and executes matches hosted on USAMU ranges.  Works with match sponsors to ensure match operations and range facilities are adequate for competition.

Combat Pistol (10-12 Feb 2006)

The Combat Pistol Match consists of Active Army, US Army Reserve, or Army National Guardsman. They must be a member of the US Army or active duty or active duty for training either assigned to a unit on Ft. Benning or a soldier in a school on Ft. Benning. ROTC Cadets from any Georgia or Alabama college ROTC unit. Department of the Army Security Force Civilians, military personnel from other services and Allied Soldiers may participate in these championships.

Combat Rifle 24-26 Feb 2006

The Rifle Match provides advanced marksmanship training and competition open to all Ft Benning soldiers. Participation in military small arms marksmanship competition offers soldiers the opportunity to refine their marksmanship skills, compete against other military marksmen, and earn superior marksmanship awards.




The United States Army Marksmanship Unit will host the 2006 Army Rifle and Pistol Championships at the United States Army Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Georgia from 3 March thru 11 March 2006, and the US Army Long-Range Championships from 12 to 14 March. Training and competitions are open to all Soldiers of all Army components, all ranks, units, and MOSs, including West Point and college ROTC cadets.The All-Army is an advance combat marksmanship training event and competition. All Soldiers fire both the M16 and M9 in helmet and load-bearing equipment (body armor optional) from 25 to 500 yards with the M16 and 7 to 25 yards with the M9. Teams from battalion-level compete for unit recognition and team awards. All Soldiers will receive advance marksmanship instruction and training materials to conduct Train-the-Trainer clinics on return to home station.




2006 Interservice Bulletin

We are a nation at war. Our expertise with issued small arms must be comprehensive, both as individual shooters and as collective instructors. The National Match Course of Fire is the essence of precision handgun shooting with smallbore, service, centerfire, and .45 caliber pistols. This year we take the first step in developing and improving the overall proficiency of all DOD pistol shooters with an introduction to the joint-service Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM) combat match formats using standard-issue (non-modified) service pistols and ammunition.

Small Arms Firing School Located in Camp Perry Ohio. Small Arms Firing Schools (SAFS) were established by the Department of Defense in 1918 to teach rifle and pistol National Match competitors how to be military rifle and pistol instructors. The first schools involved as much as a month of training. Federal law continues to require the annual conduct of Small Arms Firing Schools in conjunction with the National Matches. Today, the schools are open to all U. S. citizens.  In 2003, 1,021 students completed the two schools.   In the Small Arms Firing Schools, U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit instructors, assisted by Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine and Navy shooting team members, teach basic marksmanship techniques that are geared to meet the needs of new and less experienced shooters. These schools are an important U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit outreach program. The schools are also one of the primary ways that the CMP fulfills its statutory responsibility"to instruct citizens of the United States in marksmanship."




2006 USAMU