Down With Alt C
This is why the Marine Corps talks shit on the Army. This Alt C Marksmanship course as we’ve learned is a literal cake walk. It’s literally the BZO course for the Marine Corps. A 25-meter range with targets scaled to represent a distance of 300 meters. No need to make wind calls or anything…just easy peasy lemon squeezy. If a Marine can’t shoot, if he or she is walkin’ around proud with a pizza box or sharpshooter cross instead of the rifle expert rating, they get ragged on mercilessly.
It’s even more embarrassing when you realize how extremely low the bar is for getting pit love…so what it ends up really saying about you if you’ve got a pizza box is…you can’t shoot and nobody likes you.
Pit love aside, because it definitely does happen, maybe the new shooting qualification will help bring the Army up to the Marine Corps standards. Granted, I’m writing this as an extremely arrogant and super biased Marine Corps infantryman who shot expert, but my extreme bias and proclivity for talking shit shouldn’t distract you from the fact that anyone who really examines the Alt C course of fire knows it was an absolute without a shadow of a doubt kerosene-fueled dumpster fire.
However…sigh, there are a few caveats. You Army folks can still use Alt C for qualification IF a general officer says it’s totes cool because they can’t get to a range due to deployments or other mitigating factors. You’re telling us that in almost 20 years of building up gigantic FOB’s that are basically a city…no one thought to put in a full-length rifle range? There are Green Bean Coffee shops galore and PX’s that would put some small CONUS bases to shame…I even heard at one time that Al Asad airbase, had a pool. I wouldn’t know, I didn’t get to go to Camp Cupcake.
Either way. Amidst my disgruntled and arrogant ramblings, the Alt C course of fire for qualification is pretty much going bye bye. As it should. It’s fine and dandy to teach CQB shooting, but that’s not what this is. It’s fine to teach distance shooting, but also that’s not what Alt C was. It was a bastardization of the two and gave the Marine Corps tons of room to talk shit for years to come, no matter how unfounded our claims are.
For those of you who will just dismiss this as grumpy ranting and raving of a Marine, you’re right, I fully admit to my bias and arrogance. Y’all still can’t shoot, or take a joke (laughs Marine Corps-ly)