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1. Have you clearly stated the priority of rifle (small-arms) proficiency in your unit? What is it? Is this priority supported by the staff and subordinates? Is it based on your METL and an understanding of FM 25-100?

2. Have you clearly stated the intent of record fire? Are leaders accurately evaluating firing performance, based on accurately recorded data and results?

3. Have you clearly stated that weapons qualification or record fire is one of the commander's opportunities to assess several skills relating to small-arms readiness?

4. What qualification course will be used to evaluate your unit's rifle (small-arms) readiness?

a. Is the standard combat course 300-yard KD or 25-meter scaled target used?

b. How will it be conducted? Will the prescribed procedures be followed?

c. Who will collect the data?

5. Have you clearly stated the purpose and intent of PRI?

a. What skills will PRI address?

b. Will PRI be performance-oriented? Are tasks integrated?

6. Do soldiers maintain their assigned weapons and magazines LAW the technical manual? Do they have a manual?

7. Do soldiers conduct serviceability checks of weapons and magazines before training? Were maintenance deficiencies corrected?

8. Do soldiers demonstrate an understanding of the weapon's operation, functioning, and capabilities?

9. Can your soldiers correctly apply immediate-action procedures to reduce weapon stoppages and then quickly continue to fire? Have they demonstrated this during dry fire?

10. Are your soldiers firing their assigned weapons?

a. How often are weapons reassigned between individuals?

b. What is the value of a recorded zero?

11. Can your soldiers precisely and consistently apply the four fundamentals of rifle marksmanship? To what standard? Have they demonstrated their mastery on a device--

a. During dry fire?

b. During live fire?

c. During firing on the 25-meter course?

d. During KD firing?

12. Can your soldiers accurately battlesight zero their assigned rifle to standards?

a. Do they understand sight adjustment procedures?

b. Do they record rifle zeros? How is it done? Why?

c. Do they record the date the specific soldier last zeroed his specific rifle? What is the specific sight setting? Are these linked? How do you check this?

13. Do your soldiers demonstrate their knowledge of the effects of wind and gravity while firing out to 300 meters? What feedback was provided? How?

14. Can your soldiers scan a designated area or sector of fire and detect all targets out to 300 meters? If not, why?

15. Can your soldiers quickly engage timed single and multiple targets from both supported and unsupported firing positions out to 300 meters? If not, which targets were not engaged? Which were missed? Why?

16. During individual and collective training, do soldiers demonstrate their ability to manage allocated ammunition and to service all targets? Do they fire several rounds at one target? Which targets? Why?

17. Based on an analysis of individual qualification scores, what is the distribution?

a. Are most soldiers just meeting the minimum acceptable performance (marksman)?

b. Are most soldiers distributed in the upper half of the performance spectrum (sharpshooter, expert)?

c. What is the hit distribution during collective LFXS?

18. Do your soldiers demonstrate proficiency during night-fire, target detection and acquisition, and night fire engagement techniques? Use of night vision devices?

19. Do your soldiers demonstrate individual marksmanship proficiency during MOPP firing conditions? During collective exercises?

20. Do your soldiers demonstrate proficiency in moving target engagements? Do they demonstrate proficiency collectively at the multipurpose range complex by hitting moving targets? If not, do you conduct moving target training?

21. Do you integrate marksmanship skills into tactical exercises and unit live-fire exercises? If so, do you conduct suppressive fire, rapid-semiautomatic fire, and automatic/burst fire? What tasks in the mission training plan are evaluated?

22. Based on your on-site observations and analysis of training and firing performance, what skills or tasks show a readiness deficiency?

a. What skills need training emphasis? Individual emphasis? Leader emphasis?

b. What are your performance goals?

23. Who has trained or will train the trainers?

a. What is the subject matter expertise of the cadre?

b. Are they actually training the critical skills?

c. Have they addressed the non firing skills first?

d. What aids and devices are being used?

24. What administrative constraints or training distractors can you overcome for the junior officer and NCO?

a. At what level are the recourses necessary to train marksmanship controlled -- time, aids, weapons, ammunition, ranges?

b. Do the sergeants do the job they are charged with?

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