Firing Week & Qualification Day (Qual Day) Marine Corps Bootcamp Recruit Training MCRD
Qualification Day (Qual Day) is the last day of Firing Week during recruit training. During Firing Week, the second week of marksmanship training, recruits begin before sunrise, preparing their rifles and themselves to shoot the known-distance course of fire.
During Firing Week, the second week of marksmanship training, recruits begin before sunrise, preparing their rifles and themselves to shoot the known-distance course of fire.
Recruits prepare for rifle qualification day by firing rounds of both slow fire (one shot at a time) and rapid fire (10 shots in a row). Recruits fire from four shooting positions at ranges of 200, 300, and 500 yards.
In October of 2016 the Marine Corps implemented new standards to the rifle qualification. The following changes have been made to Table 2:
These changes to the standards for rifle qualification focus more on teaching Marines how to engage enemies in a combat-related environment.
On Qual Day all recruits are trying to shoot their best and are striving for the coveted "Crossed Rifles" of the Rifle Expert badge. Recruits can also earn the Rifle Sharpshooter and Rifle Marksman badges.
Recruits learn rifle fundamentals during a class at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, January 20, 2015.
—(USMC photo by Corporal Tyler Viglione).
Above information found on the Parris Island web site, August, 2009.
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