“Sometimes you have to shoot a guy two or three times before he dies,”
Weapons training and qualification overhauled
By Matthew Cox – Staff writer
Posted : Monday May 5, 2008 11:39:57 EDT
FORT BENNING, Ga. — Trainers here are testing a new marksmanship qualification course that stresses shooting from behind cover, fixing jams and changing magazines — key skills all soldiers need in combat.
The pilot program is a dramatic shift from the Army’s standard qualification course, an outdated exercise that trains soldiers on how to pass a test rather than how to master their weapons, said Col. Casey Haskins, commander of 198th Infantry Brigade. The 198th, a one-station training unit responsible for Basic Combat and Infantry Training at Benning, is overseeing sweeping changes to Basic Rifle Marksmanship.
Currently in Initial Entry Training, BRM culminates with soldiers taking a timed test in which they fire 40 rounds of ammunition at 40 pop-up targets. Firing from Cold-War-era prone and foxhole positions, trainees must hit 23 to earn a passing score.
“It focuses on meeting the minimum standard — 23 out of 40. Not too good,” Haskins said. “People train to the test … We believe we need to teach people how to shoot.”
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This doorway pose at the end was done as a tribute to Harry Carey Sr. The same doorway opened the film, the scene presents the visual motif of the framed doorway and threshold between the two worlds. The interior area in the cabin represents civilized values and the settled family. The brilliant, glaring, sunny outdoor area represents the savage and threatening land of the western frontier loner and the opposition between civilization (exemplified by homes, caves, and other domestic interiors) and the untamed frontier wilderness. Per the previously linked review.
posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2008 17:33:53
(Go out on a limb……..Its where the fruit is.)
Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2008 15:31:25 by forkinsocket
ONE OF THE great joys of the movies is their ability to convince us that we know the people on screen. Even the varied performances of the most versatile stars are often not strong enough to prevail against the overarching image we’ve formed of them. When Joan Didion met John Wayne on the set of the 1965 The Sons of Katie Elder, she wrote of having the sense that his face was more familiar to her than her husband’s.
A recent survey on the environment found that seventy percent of people worldwide think that the planet is running out oil. Only less than one quarter believe that there is enough of it to keep it as a primary source of energy. Petro pessimism runs especially high in the United States where a full two thirds think that the point of depletion is within sight.
Here are some hard facts.
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Brutal Attack By Philadelphia Police
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey who saw the video, said, “On the surface it certainly does not look good
Posted – 08/05/08
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Philly policemen were videotaped stomping, kicking and beating three men suspected to be involved in a nearby shooting.
An attorney representing the men called it a brutal attack by cops. He also said one of the men had a baseball-sized welt on his forehead, multiple scrapes and bruises, and was barely conscious.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey who saw the video, said, “On the surface it certainly does not look good, regarding the amount of force that was used. But a full investigation is underway.”
Conservatives: Time to Abandon the Republican Ship
North Star Writers Group ^ | May 9, 2008 | David Karki
Posted on Friday, May 09, 2008 08:02:52 by Invisigoth
Sen. John McCain as the Republican presidential candidate doing everything he can to show how liberal he is, to the point where it’s very difficult to find any significant difference between him and the two Democratic candidates.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi running roughshod over House appropriation rules, trade agreements signed in good faith, and doing everything else in her power to run out the clock on this year until, presumably, a newly inaugurated President Obama or Hillary can sign everything President Bush would veto.
And last, but certainly most, a Republican Party that has gone completely supine and offers no opposition whatsoever. More often than not, they’re joining in just to get a small slice of the spending pie.