By: Brooke Durbin
FORT KNOX, KY. – Cadets trained on the live fire range with the M4 carbine rifle where they grouped, zeroed and qualified.
“We aim to group within the same area, focusing on a one-inch circle. That’s the zeroing portion of qualification,” explained Cdt. Isaiah Carlton, Greenville, NC, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
This training consists of three group and zero ranges where Cadets will make adjustments narrowing their shot group. These exercises are fundamental parts of training on the Army’s M4 carbine rifle weapon system
“After completing this process, the Cadets are given the opportunity to qualify on their assigned weapon system using paper targets. They have ten targets and must put four rounds into each one of the targets. 40/40 earns the Cadet expert status and 23/40 earns them marksmen status,” described 1st Lt. Derek Booker, Clarkston, Michigan.
“They’re applying these leadership attributes, discipline and responsibility to be successful on their assigned weapon. The lessons from the firing range will assist the Cadets later in camp as they begin patrolling and squad tactical movements.”
This training helps Cadets learn safety procedures and teaches them how to utilize the gear. This helps them build confidence and prepares them in close quarters combat.