Marksmanship proficiency is critical and basic to soldiering and is required for any unit deployed to a wartime theater. All commanders should develop a METL and organize a training program that devotes adequate time to marksmanship.
The unit's combat mission must be considered when establishing training priorities. This not only applies to the tasks selected for the unit's METL but also the conditions under which the tasks are to be performed. If a unit may be employed in a MOUT environment, the effects of range, gravity, and wind may not be too important, but automatic/burst fire, quick fire, and assault fire would be. The reverse may be true of a unit that expects to engage the enemy at long range with rifle fire.
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