A Marine must maintain the ability to react instinctively in a combat environment—day or night. He must possess a combat mindset that eliminates any hesitation, fear, or uncertainty of action, allows him to engage the enemy rapidly, and allows him to focus on the actions required to fire well-aimed shots. A Marine must remember that speed alone does not equate to effective target engagement. He should fire only as fast as he can fire accurately. He should never exceed his physical capability to engage a target effectively. To be effective in combat, a Marine must train to perfect the physical skills of target engagement (such as presenting the weapon and assuming a shooting position) until they become instinctive. In addition, a Marine must employ effective engagement techniques that enable the acquisition and engagement of a variety of targets in diverse combat conditions.
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