I came out of the field last night.
Mission accomplished. I shot Expert on the Rifle, Sharpshooter on the Pistol.
It got me thinking about relative reality.
Marines are pretty great. To include the reservists that make up my present company.
Reservists consistently surprise me with there ability to improvise, and overcome obstacles.
In the regular Marine Corps we spend about two weeks out of the year on rifle qualification.
The reserves do that in four days. No it is not in any way as thorough as they do on the active duty side, but they get the Job done.
Anyhow I have also been considering the rifle “Qualifications”
There are three basic badges. Marksman (being the lowest), Sharpshooter (the Mid grade) and Expert (the highest, until you get into distinguished marksman)
But even the lowly (by Marine standards) Marksman is a pretty darned good shot. Anyone who can hit a man-sized target from 5 football fields away without the use of optics deserves props in my book. Particularly with the reservists who are doing this with minimal prep time, they just check out a weapon and go qualify.
I think this is truly magnificent.
In other news, it was good to get back to my little round cushion, doting daughters and wife, hyper dog, and possessive cat.
Now I have to squeeze a months worth of work into the rest of today to meet a requirement.
I guess that is how my reserve counterparts feel every weekend.