Training Program Schedule

The number of firing sites that can be staffed with instructors and equipped with DGTs and DFTTs dictates the number of gunners for each class. This allows for the effective use of time.

a. Instructors must allow sufficient time to orient students on the equipment. Negative results occur when the training schedule is shortened. The more information each soldier receives about how the weapon and training equipment operate and on the purpose of each, the better the soldier will perform as a gunner.

b. Initial marksmanship training, in the institution or unit, teaches essential skills and develops fixed and correct procedures in marksmanship before range practice begins. Thoroughly instructing and carefully supervising practice in the initial phase saves time and ammunition during range firing. It also allows students to develop techniques and procedures necessary for well-trained Dragon gunners and teams.

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