Armor OSUT | Fort Moore

Hi, Kris here, back with your week five training week update. 

Week Five Intel

Week five marks the midway point of Basic Rifle Marksmanship (BRM), and trainees will spend a lot of their time at the range. They’ll become familiar with a new weapon and get accustomed to eating MRE’s. It’s possible that fatigue is starting to set in as your Trainee has been spending a lot of time at the range practicing with their weapon.  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.

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.

In your Letter to your Trainee today, ask how they are doing with BRM and what their favorite MRE is! Also be sure to wish them luck next week as they will have to put all they learned to the test when they qualify with their weapon. Don’t forget to include Reply Postage in your letter so It’s easier for your trainee to write back.

I’ll be back soon with Week 6’s update!


Retired Sgt. Maj. Kris Broadus