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Snoopy47 07-27-2021 8:16 AM

The US Olympic shooting team is doing great
 
Imagine being that Army guy that tried to make the team, but fell short a few points in qualifying matches and is now doing base beautification as a SPC.

Mustard 07-27-2021 2:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Snoopy47 (Post 25995605)
Imagine being that Army guy that tried to make the team, but fell short a few points in qualifying matches and is now doing base beautification as a SPC.

You know... i was about to inquire about what it takes and the process to join the AMU, but reading this makes me think twice #armylife

ChampCarStar 07-28-2021 3:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Mustard (Post 25996749)
You know... i was about to inquire about what it takes and the process to join the AMU, but reading this makes me think twice #armylife

There are occasional tryouts for the AMU, but many of the soldiers in the AMU are recruited directly out of high school and college.

A lot of them were exceptional shooters in National Junior Competitions and caught the eye of the AMU Coaches at USA Shooting National Championships and the Nationals at Camp Perry.

Many that shoot NCAA rifle in college choose to continue in shooting by joining the Army and either going to the AMU, or the Army WCAP (World Class Athlete Program). Some choose to become commissioned officers, but most just enlist as it is more beneficial to be a non-commissioned officer in the AMU. The commissioned officers end up being moved to leadership positions in other Army Units.

Even if you don't want to go to the Olympics you could be part of their Service Rifle team, or the Action Pistol Team. Whatever floats your boat.

Snoopy47 07-28-2021 7:45 PM

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Originally Posted by ChampCarStar (Post 26000787)
Even if you don't want to go to the Olympics you could be part of their Service Rifle team, or the Action Pistol Team. Whatever floats your boat.

I looked into the USAR Team, and there are considerable constraints. Mainly, it's an "Additional Duty". And when push comes to shove, getting orders to go to a match isn't always a given.

Being an officer complicates it. Not that I would be put in charge of anything, but as an additional duty I'm not likely going to be allowed to use up my 2 weeks a year training time to go to large matches, and using up my monthly drill days will be along the same lines.

Whereas it's much easier for an NCO or lower enlisted (so long as they are not a Platoon SGT or 1SG) to talk their way into being allowed to use up drill days and annual training days to go to matches so long as they are green on all their required training and medical.

It's all about being a good competitor with the ability to have the time duty wide, and personal life wise.

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Was kind of hoping being on the team I could straight up shoot competitions as my Monthly Drill, and 2 week training events. ;)

Then I'd throw all sorts of practice time, and focus on the effort.


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