Following up on my post ‘Standby: Impending Skull Stomping‘ I am going to start to put together a performance standard for III% Riflemen. This would form the basis of a competent unorganized militia member. This does not include leadership tasks, which would be added: for example, Team and Squad leaders would have additional levels of competency.
I propose an amendment to the IIIPSFA patch to add ‘RIFLEMAN’ – this patch would then be awarded by the responsible unit leader on completion of these rifleman tasks. Tasks a would be tested and completed at minimum annually, not necessarily all at the same time.
If you are a volunteer, and you cannot, for whatever reason, complete these rifleman tasks, then you will be assigned an auxiliary role in your local area. There is no reason also why auxiliaries, when able, may not also complete the riflemen tests – loggies should not by default be fat; they are soldiers first, and should be able to fight. But where age or disability (not lack of moral fiber and gratuitous obesity) preclude completion of these tasks, then a support role will be assigned.
I suggest that local units build on the 12 man squad concept that I have been pushing:
The following tasks are a first draft and will be subject to change and addition:
Note: equipment is supplied by the individual and should be maintained in a workable and deployable condition.
Some of the tasks below are absolute individual tests, the others are conducted as part of the squad, each rifleman showing competency as part of the whole.
1) Load, unload and perform malfunction/stoppage drills on rifle and handgun.
2) Pass marksmanship standards (TBD) on rifle and handgun.
Update: these marksmanship standards should be achievable on a 25 meter range. Either with smaller silhouettes as the military does to represent 300 meters, or with an entirely different dynamic combat shooting test. We are not training to sit in a battle tench and shoot Ivan at 300, so a different test would be useful.
– Perhaps an initial grouping size standard test for the fundamentals.
– A dynamic shoot with hits to center mass counted. standing, kneeling, prone etc. Same principle for handgun.
This will be worked on.
3) Clean and maintain personal weapons, including field cleaning.
4) Prepare a range card.
5) If applicable: night marksmanship qualification using night vision gear.
6) PT Test: ‘2 miler’ – 30 lb pack, rifle. Rolling or flat terrain. 18 minutes.
Update: this should be age graded, just like the army PT test. This is subject to review and testing, but right now I am thinking:
30 and younger: 18 minutes
31 – 40: 19 minutes
41 – 50: 20 minutes
51 – 55: 21 minutes
55 and older: 22 minutes
7) Navigate: use a military map and compass, navigate point to point across country. Azimuth, terrain association, route selection etc.
8) Familiarity with squad and team movement SOP techniques and formations. Tactical movement:
9) Basic fieldcraft: camouflage and concealment, movement under enemy observation.
10) Avoid thermal surveillance utilizing terrain and vegetation masking.
11) Knot tying and obstacle crossing techniques.
12) Perform voice communications include reports, voice procedure, phonetic alphabet. SITREP, SPOTREP, & MEDEVAC.
13) Competency with group communication equipment (squad level).
14) Perform visual signalling. Hand and visual signalling techniques.
15) Move under direct fire: fire and movement.
16) Perform unit SOP break contact/anti-ambush drills.
17) Enter and clear a room.
18) Perform unit ambush, hasty attack and raid SOPs.
19) Perform unit reconnaissance patrol, observation post and security patrol SOPs.
20) Perform unit patrol base SOP and establish a buddy pair shelter area.
21) Identify temporary fighting positions.
22) Construct buddy pair fighting positions.
23) React to indirect fire.
24) Search enemy dead.
25) Prisoner handling.
26) Conduct tactical combat casualty care (TC3) to combat lifesaver standard.
27) Conduct personal administration in the field: maintain combat effectiveness.
28) Unit patrol ‘actions on’ drills SOP testing: actions on:
Conduct of a hasty ambush
Linear Danger Areas
Movement of a casualty
That is a first task list. If you can take this list and work up to achieving it, you will be a competent fighting squad.
Such a III Rifleman system would be an honor system where trust is placed in those maintaining the standards and awarding the patches on a local level. Then, if you find yourself at a incident, and there are others with III Rifleman patches, you know that they at least know what they are doing! Here’s a clue: if you have completed MVT Training up to the Combat Patrol class, you are well on the way to achieving your III Rifleman patch! PT and marksmanship testing would also need to be completed.
The next problem is leadership, and there needs to be an additional task competency list at team, squad and higher levels.
OK, over to you: make it better. If you do, I will post a finalized task list.
Update: I continue to mull this over and a more detailed list of specific standards will need to be written to further define each task. I am going to do this and I will schedule a III Rifleman qualification weekend sometime in 2015. This will be a mixed instruction and testing weekend, probably 3 days, that will include the following:
– PT Test
– Marksmanship test: rifle/handgun
– Navigation exercise
– Individual & Team tasks: SOP training & testing covering the remaining: SHOOT, MOVE, COMMUNICATE, FIGHT tasks.
Those that qualify will be awarded a certificate and III RIFLEMAN Patch.