FORT KNOX, Ky. – The Bravo Company of 6th Regiment Basic Camp (CIET) completed Group Zero Qualification training at Canby Hill Range July 18.
Cadets used their standard-issued M16 rifle and in an unsupported prone position (lying on their stomach) fired at targets anywhere from 25 to 300 meters away. Experience levels were across the spectrum. Some Cadets had never fired a live weapon before; others had qualified using other weapons in the past.
Cdt. Jacob Roberts, Florida State University, said he was excited to get on the range, and learned a lot despite having received past training.
“I have experience with a live weapon, but the training I got here was way better than my last one. I like how they brought information from sniper school and brought it down to the basic level,” Roberts said.
Cadets shoot 30 rounds in five-round magazines. The objective of the training exercise is for Cadets to “group” and “zero” on the target: grouping meaning shots falling within the same area consistently, and zeroing meaning shots fall within the center of the target accurately. Cadets shoot five rounds, go see how they did on their target, and once they achieve a group then adjustments are made on their weapons. Once they get four out of five rounds on the black silhouette, two times in a row, Cadets are said to have zeroed.
Other skills learned are magazine loading, changing magazines, and target acquisition.
As the OIC, 2nd Lt. Tyler Odom, a platoon leader at Fort Carson, has seen more than 2,700 Cadets come through Canby Hill Range over the course of the summer.
“What we want them to come away with here is confidence in the weapon system and confidence in their ability to use that weapon’s system and eventually teach other people how to use that weapon’s system,” Odom said.