Physical Preparation

In combat, targets can present themselves without warning. Therefore, it is essential for the Marine to maintain proper balance and control of his weapon at all times so he can quickly assume a firing position, present the weapon, and accurately engage the target. However, speed alone does not equate to effective target engagement. The Marine should fire only as fast as he can fire accurately, never exceeding his physical ability to apply the fundamentals of marksmanship. To be effective in combat, the Marine must train to perfect the physical skills of shooting so those skills become second nature. Mastery of physical skills allow the Marine to concentrate on the mental aspects of target engagement; e.g., scanning for targets, detection of targets, selection and use of cover. The more physical skills that a Marine can perform automatically, the more concentration he can give to the mental side of target engagement.

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