A brief note on marksmanship: Marksmanship is more than simply being familiar with a weapon and being able to hit a target. It is a skill in precision shooting, be it with a rifle or a pistol (maybe even bow and arrow, but not in the military). However, being a “marksman” doesn’t mean one is sniper qualified; aside from the requirement to complete a sniper training course, there are several tiers (qualification levels) of marksmanship – Marksman, Sharpshooter, and Expert – and most snipers are chosen from the elite of the expert rifleman qualification.
The Marine Corps’ primary mission is to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and also maneuver and to repel assault by fire and close combat during amphibious assaults and subsequent operations ashore. Combat ready Marines must be skilled in tactics and highly proficient in the use of firearms. Well-trained Marines have the confidence required to deliver accurate fire under the most adverse battle conditions. The rifle is the primary means by which Marines accomplish their mission. That’s why marksmanship is the bread and butter of the Marine Corps.
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