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closer target. He would not be allowed to fire all remaining five rounds at the two 250-meter target exposures.

The soldier must apply immediate action and continue to fire the exercise. After firing, the soldier notifies the NCOIC to determine if the ammunition was bad or target malfunctioned.

Inoperable weapons are uncorrectable malfunctions such as a broken firing pin, jam caused by double feed which was not caused by the soldier, failure to extract due to broken extractor, or round in the bore. The soldier must have attempted to apply correct immediate action to eliminate the stoppages. If the stoppage is determined to be correctable — for example, the soldier did not apply correct immediate action — and as a result did not engage the required amount of targets, he is at fault.

Qualified weapons personnel/NCOIC must verify weapon malfunctions before the soldier can refire the course. Soldiers who erroneously claim a malfunction on the firing line are considered an unqualified and refire as a second-time firer.

On-site observation, detailed analysis and evaluation of individual results, and unit performance identify weaknesses. Training can then focus on combat tasks, skills, or other factors that address these weaknesses. Examples are: rifles that are not serviceable could be the cause of poor zeros or failures to fire and, therefore, failures to qualify. Some soldiers may not qualify because of a lack of understanding of immediate-action procedures or maintenance of the rifle and magazine. Soldiers who miss targets are not applying the four fundamentals or are not accurately zeroing the rifle. Soldiers who do not fire at exposed targets during qualification may indicate —

• Failure to scan the designated area.

• Lack of ability to detect targets.

• Lack of ability to shift from one target to another.

• Failure to manage ammunition.

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