Fort Jackson

Hooah!! Welcome back for your Week Four update. Hopefully, your trainee has been paying attention, because they will use what they’ve learned so far to pass the Basic Rifle Marksmanship (BRM) qualification course.


This week fatigue is starting to set in as your Trainee has been spending a lot of time at the range practicing with their weapon. They are at the mid-way point of Basic Rifle Marksmanship (BRM).  By now they have become very familiar with their weapon while learning its capabilities and all the fundamentals that are required to be an effective marksman.


Week five is another week at the range just like the previous week. The Trainees have now become more comfortable on the range and accustomed to the range procedures. They also have been issued an M68 Close Combat Optic (CCO) which is a red dot sight with 1x magnification used to engage targets out to 300 meters. The CCO will be their primary aiming device in daylight conditions and the iron sights they zeroed in week 4 become the backup.

While most people will never understand the difficulty of shooting a rifle, there is a lot more to it than just squeezing the trigger. There are four primary fundamentals of firing your M4 Carbine weapon.  Your Trainee is mastering the art of controlled breathing, proper sight picture, body position, and trigger squeeze. These fundamentals are vital for a successful day at the range.  

To earn their marksmanship badge, trainees will have to hit 23 to 29 out of the 40 targets. Trainees hitting 30 to 35 targets will qualify for the sharpshooter badge. An expert badge will be awarded to those trainees that hit 36 to 40 of the 40 targets.

While spending time at the range this week, your Trainee is also getting accustomed to Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) for lunch. Although some find discovering the treats inside an MRE and experiencing the flameless heater to be cool experiences, field time can be pretty tiring, so the smell of food – even in MRE form – can be pretty euphoric. After being out in the field for even a couple of days, getting hot chow brought in from the dining facility (DFAC) also known as the Warrior Restaurant can be the only rest that your trainee gets all day.


As they’ll be in the field for most of the week, you should send them a Letter this week before they’re away from the mailroom on base for a bit. If you need topic ideas, you could ask them about their BRM qualification course results. Ask them if they qualified as Expert, Sharp Shooter, or Marksman. Plus, don’t forget you can include up to 4 photos in a Sandboxx Letter when you select the Multi Photo Add-on.  

Have you learned how to get photos of your trainee at Fort Jackson yet? Don’t miss out on once in a lifetime photos of your trainee. Get started by visiting the Fort Jackson Photography page, then choose from photos of your trainee in uniform, or completing various training exercises.


Stay tuned for more insights into Week Five and beyond. Follow us on social media for the latest updates, letter ideas, and more.

That’s a brief look at the intense but rewarding journey your Trainee is on. Let’s keep supporting them every step of the way!

You can always find me via chat in the Sandboxx app or — just ask for Kris, and myself or another teammate will get back to you as soon as we can.


SGM Kris Broadus, U.S. Army (Ret)