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Preparing for Air Force Basic Training

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All of the shots in Phase I are in the "prone, supported" position. That means you are lying on the ground, on your stomach at a slight angle to the target, with your rifle supported on top of a sandbag. The targets for this phase are all man-sized targets at 75 meters.
  • 4 rounds (one magazine with 4 rounds loaded) at 75 meters. Check target and make sight adjustments.
  • 3 rounds (one magazine with 3 rounds loaded) at 75 meters. Check target and make sight adjustments.
  • 3 rounds (one magazine with 3 rounds loaded) at 75 meters. Check target and make sight adjustments.
  • 3 rounds (one magazine with 3 rounds loaded) at 75 meters. Check target and make sight adjustments.
  • 3 rounds (one magazine with 3 rounds loaded) at 75 meters. Check target and make sight adjustments.
  • 16 Total Rounds
Phase II - Practice. During the practice phase you fire a total of 24 rounds from 4 different positions. A couple of twists are thrown in here -- first of all, each round is timed, and you'll have to reload a fresh magazine during the round. Keep you head, don't rush, as there is plenty of time to make your shots count, and still change the magazine and shoot again, within the prescribed time limit. During the practice round, you fire at a man-sized target at 175 meters.
  • Prone Supported - 6 rounds (two magazines with 3 rounds loaded in each), at 175 meters. 50 second time limit.
  • Prone Supported - 6 rounds (two magazines with 3 rounds loaded in each), at 175 meters. 50 second time limit.
  • Kneeling Supported - 6 rounds (two magazines with 3 rounds loaded in each), at 175 meters. 50 second time limit.
  • Over Barricade Supported - 6 rounds (two magazines with 3 rounds loaded in each), at 175 meters. 50 second time limit.
  • 24 Total Rounds
Phase III - Qualification. This is the phase that really counts. You will fire a total of 40 rounds at a man-sized target at 300 meters. To pass the qualification course, you must hit the target at least 20 times. Those who hit the target at least 35 times qualify for the Small Arms Expert Ribbon.
  • Prone Supported - 10 rounds (one 4-round magazine, two 3-round magazines), at 300 meters. 90 second time limit.
  • Prone Unsupported - 10 rounds (one 4-round magazine, two 3-round magazines), at 300 meters. 90 second time limit.
  • Kneeling Supported - 10 rounds (one 4-round magazine, two 3-round magazines), at 300 meters. 90 second time limit.
  • Over Barricade Supported - 10 rounds (one 4-round magazine, two 3-round magazines), at 300 meters. 90 second time limit.
  • 40 Total Rounds

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