Marine Corps: Hand and Arm Signals

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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
WEAPONS TRAINING BATTALION
MARINE CORPS MARKSMANSHIP CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND
QUANTICO, VIRGINIA 22134-5040

LESSON PLANS

HAND AND ARM SIGNALS

CMC.26

COMBAT MARKSMANSHIP COACHES’ COURSE

REVISED 02/07/2006

APPROVED BY _____________________________ DATE _______________

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
WEAPONS TRAINING BATTALION
MARINE CORPS MARKSMANSHIP CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND
QUANTICO, VIRGINIA 22134-5040

INSTRUCTOR PREPARATION CHECKLIST

ESSENTIAL DATA

LESSON DESIGNATORCMC.26

LESSON TITLEHand and Arm Signals

DATE PREPARED07 February 2006

TIME30 min

METHODLecture and demonstration

LOCATIONIndoor/outdoor classroom

INSTRUCTORS REQUIREDOne and assistants as needed

REFERENCESMCO P3570.1

TRAINING AIDS/EQUIPMENTPaddle, clipboard, and slides sCMC.26-1 - sCMC.26-24 UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

WEAPONS TRAINING BATTALION
MARINE CORPS MARKSMANSHIP CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND
QUANTICO, VIRGINIA 22134-5040

DETAILED OUTLINE

HAND AND ARM SIGNALS

(ON CHART 1)

INTRODUCTION (3 MIN)

1. GAIN ATTENTION. Verbal communication between the coach, shooters, and other range officials is difficult during live fire due to the noise generated on the range. Hearing protection worn by personnel further hinders verbal communication. To ensure that live fire activities are conducted effectively and efficiently, hand and arm signals are used to facilitate communication among coaches, block Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs), and the tower NCO.

(ON CHART 2)

2. OVERVIEW. This lesson covers hand and arm signals used during live fire activities and the guidelines for their use.

3. INTRODUCE LEARNING OBJECTIVES. The Terminal Learning Objective and Enabling Learning Objective pertaining to this lesson are as follows:

a. TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE. Given assigned shooters, ammunition, range supplies and equipment, targets, a range, and without reference aids conduct record firing procedures IAW MCO 3574.2_ and MCO P3570.1_. (8530.2.4)

b. ENABLING LEARNING OBJECTIVE. Without reference aids, use hand and arm signals to communicate with range personnel IAW Combat Marksmanship Coaches’ Course (CMCC) lesson plans. (8530.2.4b)

4. METHOD. This lesson is taught in a classroom setting using lecture and demonstration.

5. EVALUATION. Students are evaluated on topics from this lesson with a comprehensive written examination. Performance is evaluated with a performance checklist CMC.14-25a during, Day 1 –3 Rifle KD Firing Exercise – Live Fire Coaching.

TRANSITION: Coaches and shooters must apply and use hand and arm signals consistently and clearly for effectiveness. To ensure signals are noticed, use of the following guidelines is imperative. Shooters need to interpret signals correctly on the firing line, yet not be distracted by their use.

BODY (25 MIN)

(ON CHART 3)

1. (5 MIN) GUIDELINES FOR USING HAND AND ARM SIGNALS

a. Chain of Command. Due to the large numbers of shooters, range personnel, noise, and constant activity on the range during live fire activities, a systematic method for communication is vital. This is especially true between the firing line and the tower to ensure signals are quickly and easily identified. To accomplish this, there is a communication chain among the coach, block NCO, and tower NCO.

1) The coach is responsible for monitoring his shooters. When a shooter has a problem, a coach may use hand and arm signals to communicate it to the block NCO assigned to his group of targets.

2) The block NCO is responsible for monitoring his coaches. When a coach signals a problem on the line, the block NCO relays the signal to the tower NCO. If the block...
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