South Carolina National Guard Team Wins "All Army" Small Arms Championships

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The winning South Carolina Alpha National Guard team. [Lt. Col. Michelle Lunato]

Who are the best shooters in the U.S. Army? If you check out the results of the “All Army” Small Arms Championship, the answer is… the Army National Guard. This year’s Small Arms Championship ran March 10-16 in Fort Moore, Georgia. It’s an Army-only event, with the exception of Air National Guard members, who are also allowed to participate because of their cooperation with Army National Guard units.

This year, more than 230 shooters from a wide range of backgrounds—active Army, Army Reserve, National Guard, Reserve Officers, even Military Academy cadets and Training Corp members— came to the competition. They participated in four-man teams led by a coach or captain. There were 14 courses of fire in this year’s competition, including service rifle, pistol, and multi-gun matches.

The top score went to Staff Sgt. John Jordan of the South Carolina National Guard, who took the All Army Champion title, while his team (South Carolina Alpha) was also the top squad of the 50 that entered.

Staff Sgt. John Jordan had the highest individual score, helping propel his team to victory. [Lt. Col. Michelle Lunato]
This was the ninth year that a National Guard team has won the championship; they won 15 of the possible 33 top awards this year and were first in six of the 11 competitive categories. Obviously, whatever the Guard is teaching these soldiers is working. The Army’s PR says:

The training platform used by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (NGMTC) has been tested and proven to remain focused on precision through lethality. The goal of NGMTC is to produce humble competitors who can teach others the value of marksmanship through their own level of proficiency. The soldiers associated with NGMTC will constantly seek to be and remain the best version of themselves possible.

Capt. David Morris, program manager for the NGMTC Competitive Marksmanship Program, says he’s proud of the National Guard competitors who were new to the competition this year, and hopes that what they learn will establish them as the next generation of Pro/All Guard competitors—and that they can eventually teach these shooting skills themselves.

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  • Tokoyakusura Tokoyakusura on Mar 21, 2024

    Not very diverse...

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    • Iksnilol Iksnilol on Mar 21, 2024

      @Dave No, it's more that they're literal clones with mustaches and hair swapped around to make them look different. It's like LEGO people.

      Just don't understand why they'd waste cloning resources on the NG?

  • Xerxes036 Xerxes036 on Mar 24, 2024

    The reason National Guard places or even out right win these competitions is because they get volunteers to practice for the competitions on their own time I know the guys in my ANG unit who shoot in the state level NG competitions practice and/or participate in civilian shooting competitions our team captain is generally the most experienced competitive shooter and we get some of the lower ranking people to go who may or may not have did a shooting match before. It does encourage our newbies to take shooting fundamentals more seriously.