The Navy's small arms training program has undergone vast improvement over the last five years. It must now start training beyond simply avoiding safety mishaps and begin pushing toward combat effectiveness. Important steps have been taken in this direction, but if combat effective proficiency is to be reached, additional efforts are needed.
Three issues contribute to the continuing lack of small-arms proficiency in the Fleet. First is the lack of knowledge, specifically among small arms marksmanship instructors (SAMI) and commanding officers. second is the sole dependence on using outside sources to conduct smallarms training at the Armed Sentry Course (ASC) and Shipboard security Engagement Weapons (SSEW) school. Third is the antiquated content and methodology used throughout Navy training programs.