The primary mission of the SDM is to deploy as a member of the rifle squad. The SDM is a vital member of his individual squad and not a squad sniper. He fires and maneuvers with this squad and performs all of the duties of the standard rifleman. The SDM has neither the equipment nor training to operate individually or in a small team to engage targets at extended ranges with precision fire.
The secondary mission of the SDM is to engage key targets from 100 to 600 meters with effective, well-aimed fires using the standard weapon system and standard ammunition. He may or may not be equipped with an optic. Therefore the SDM must possess a thorough understanding and master of the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship as well as ballistics, elevation and windage hold-off, range estimation, MOA, and sight manipulation.
The SDM can also be used to help direct the fire of other squad members into enemy positions. Due to the increased skill level required for his position, the SDM must maintain a high level of proficiency through continued training of the required skills.
The platoon sergeant and squad leaders must take special consideration in selecting the SDM. The SDM must have a solid marksmanship performance, must have a clear understanding of the fundamentals, and must be able to apply these fundamentals consistently during dry-fire and live-fire training. Even though the SDM in the field will be the junior enlisted, the immediate supervisor must know the capabilities of the SDM. Selected soldiers must bring a copy of their last M16 series qualification scorecard showing a qualification of at least Sharpshooter. Selected soldiers must be in the pay grade of E-2 through E-7 and O-1 through O-2. All applications must be made through the ATRRS system.
Students must bring the following items:
- ACU cap w/ rank and name tape. (1)
- ACU coat (3)
- ACU pants (3)
- T-shirt, tan (4)
- Belt, tan riggers belt
- Boots, desert (2)
- Socks, black, tan or green (4)
- Underwear (optional)
- ID tags (2) long and short chain (1)
- Military ID card (1)
- Running shoes (optional)
- White socks (optional)
- Ballistic Helmet (Kevlar) or ACH w/ helmet band, chin strap, and cover (1)
- Ear plugs w/ case
- Current Load Bearing System (LBV, etc….)
- Gloves (range operations)
- Polypro Top or Field Jacket Liner (1) seasonal
- Personal Protective Eyewear (PPE) (1)
- Camelback (if available)
- Personal Hygiene kit (1)
- Gortex Jacket/Pants (w/ name and rank)(1),
- Towels (2)
- Lock combination or key (1)
- Pens, black ink
- Laundry soap (1)
- Sleeping Bag, (linen is available)
- Assault Pack
- Writing material for taking notes.
- Copy of most recent weapon qualification scorecard.
- Two copies of your orders.
- Copy of your pre-execution checklist.
- Government Travel Card or enough money for personal needs and meals.**
** It is the responsibility of the Soldier to ensure that he/she has been issued a Government Travel Card, obtains a travel advance, or otherwise can cover all expenses before departing home station.**
Open bay billeting will be available to the students. You will report to Building 4960 for further billeting information. You may bring comfort items such as pillows, blankets, clock radio, ice chest, etc. DO NOT REPORT TO POST BILLETING. ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO STAY IN ASSIGNED OPEN BAY BILLETING DURING THIS COURSE.
Questions concerning the SAMG course may be directed to the NGMTC Marksmanship Training Battalion, (DSN) 962-4552/4420 or (Commercial) (501) 212-4552/4420.
For a current listing of all of our school dates, please search the ATRRS Course Catalog under the appropriate fiscal year. Course Number MTC-005.