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:

  • Keep up the heart rate: Instead of Marines staying stationary while shooting, they are required to start at the standing position and quickly get into the kneeling or prone position when the targets have appeared.
  • Engaging the enemy: Marines begin qualifying at the 500 yard line then advance towards the 100 yard line.
  • Maintaining situational awareness in combat: New targets show both friendly and enemy foes and Marines must maintain awareness of the targets to determine when to shoot forcing them to make combat decisions.
  • 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.

    Firing Qualification

    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.


    Qual expert
    Qual marks man
    Qual Sharp Shooter

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