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The Young Marines is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, open to all children aged 8 to 18 years, and dedicated to strengthening the lives of America’s youth by teaching the values of courage, loyalty, honor, and patriotism in an atmosphere of teamwork, shared activities, and camaraderie.

They gather for instruction in many areas, including Marine Corps standards of appearance, performance, and values; drill and color guard; personal fitness; customs and courtesy; discipline; self esteem and respect for others; teamwork; Marine Corps and United States history; and drug demand reduction programs. Young Marines also have the opportunity to have fun while they learn. Enjoyable group-oriented activities include field trips to special museum exhibits, on-base camping trips, and nature explorations.

Marksmanship Program Qualifications

PART I. MARKSMANSHIP INSTRUCTION

 

  1. General. Youth have a fascination with firearms. It is very important to take the time to instruct them on safety and the proper handling of them.
    1. Marksmanship instruction is highly encouraged for all Young Marines, however, all instructors must be certified and a copy of their certification must be on file with the participating unit.
    2. Qualified Instructors are generally available from your local police or sheriffs departments, gun and rod clubs, and Armed Forces Primary Marksmanship Instructors (PMI), and/or National Rifle Association (NRA) Instructor. The NRA and Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) provide Instructor and Coaching certification courses at a reasonable fee.
  2. Program’s Objectives. The goal of the instruction is to qualify participating Young Marines for the Marksmanship Ribbon by meeting the requirements set forth in the Young Marines Award Manual.
  3. Requirements.
    1. Parental or Guardian Permission.
      1. All Young Marine participants must have the Parental/Guardian Permission Form from Appendix A completed and signed by their parent or legal guardian before taking part in any marksmanship instruction, whether classroom or firing range.
      2. The completed and signed permission form must be filed in the Young Marines Record Book under the last page of YMFORM 23
    2. Age Restrictions. All Young Marines ages 9 and above may participate in air rifle competitions. Thirteen and older may participate in small-bore (.22-caliber) rifle competition. Unit Commanders should consider the Young Marine’s physical size and strength, and maturity to ensure that the Young Marine is not injured or cannot jeopardize the safety of others
  4. Core Course of Study.
    1. Firearm Safety
    2. Smart and Safe Handling of Firearms
    3. Rifle parts and components
    4. Dry firing (Grass week)
    5. Live firing (Range day)
    6. Home Firearm Safety
  5. Qualification Certificate. Upon successful completion of the core course, the Unit Commander will issue the Marksmanship Ribbon and Certificate to the Young Marines.

PART II. TEAM COMPETITION

All units who can are encouraged, if resources permit, to get their units involved in marksmanship competition. The Civilian Marksmanship Program provides an outstanding resource on how to get started. You can contact them at: www.odcmp.com.

For the purpose of Young Marine units participating in the Young Marines Marksmanship Program, they must conform to the following:

  1. Commanding Officer’s Responsibilities. This is a locally/unit sponsored activity. The unit commander is responsible for everything their unit does or fails to do. Because of this responsibility, the unit commander must:
    1. Consent to the establishment of a unit rifle team.
    2. Ensure that the instructor(s) and/or coach(es) are properly certified to instruct and/or coach.
    3. Provide safe and adequate rifles and equipment prescribed by the NRA and CMP.
    4. Conduct firing at safe and properly constructed shooting facilities certified and approved by NRA and/or CMP approved standards and rules.
    5. Ensure that all safety standards and rules are applied at all times to all participants.
  2. Parental or Guardian Permission. All perspective competitors must have their parent or guardian’s permission to participate.
    1. The parent or guardian must complete and sign the Parental/Guardian Permission Form in Appendix A prior to participating in any competition, practice for competition, or try-out.
    2. The completed and signed Parental/Guardian Permission Form must be placed above YMFORM 11 in the Young Marine’s Record Book during the duration of Marksmanship competition season or the Young Marines Operating Year which ever ends first.
    3. The Parental/Guardian Permission Form is only valid during the current Operating Year and must be resubmitted for the next Operating Year in conjunction with Re-registration.
  3. Age Requirements. Young Marines ages:
    1. All Young Marines ages 9 and above may participate in air rifle competitions.
    2. Thirteen and older may participate in small-bore (.22-caliber) rifle competition.
  4. Young Marine Qualifications. To be eligible to participate, the Young Marines must:
    1. Be a Young Marine in good standing
    2. Earned the Marksmanship Ribbon
    3. Have passing academic and conduct or citizenship grades during the last report card perio
    4. Have a satisfactory quarterly progress report during the last submission.
    5. Have a passing score from latest PFT.
    6. Safely handle rifles at all time and not endangered anyone.
  5. Instructional Requirements.
    1. Air Rifle. All prospective team members are required to complete instruction on the following:
      1. Firearm Safety
      2. Smart and Safe Handling of Firearms
      3. Dry firing (Grass week)
      4. Home Firearm Safety
    2. Small Bore .22 Caliber Rifle. All perspective team members are required to complete instruction on the following:
      1. Firearm Safety
      2. Smart and Safe Handling of Firearms
      3. .22 caliber rifle parts and components
      4. Dry firing (Grass week)
      5. Home Firearm Safety
    3. Certification Award. Upon completion, the designated coaches or instructor will present the Air Rifle or Small Bore (.22 Caliber) Rifle Qualification Certificate in Appendix B and C, respectively. A copy of the certificate will be placed under the last page of YMFORM 23 in the Young Marine’s Record Book.
  6. Qualified Instructor/Coaches. It is required that prospective team members and instructor/coaches purchase training guides on the subjects listed in paragraph 4. Registered Adults may:
    1. Be team coaches, but they cannot allow their team to compete unless there is a certified coach on site.
    2. Become certified as instructors and/or coaches by successfully completing the appropriate courses of instruction provided by the organizations listed in paragraph 1 or other NHQ approved sources.
  7. Competition Rules.
    1. All units must maintain a copy of the Instructor and coach certification in their unit files. A copy must be present at all Young Marine Rifle Competitions.
    2. A copy of all Young Marine rifle team certifications to include the Marksmanship Qualification Award shall be maintained in the YMRB. A Competitor’s Record Book consisting of a copy of the Rifle Team Certification, and medical and emergency contact information shall be maintained and presented competition official at all Young Marine Rifle Competitions.
    3. Units must be in good standing and compliant with NHQ to participate in any rifle competition as Young Marine unit. If a unit is non-compliant during competition, the unit shall forfeit any awards and/or recognition for that competition.
    4. Each competing unit shall have a minimum of two (2) Registered Adults, in addition to an instructor and a coach. The primary function is that of chaperone or escort and will not have any other function in support of the competition. If there are female competitors, one (1) Registered Adult must be female.
    5. All Young Marine competitors will have completed must meet the qualifications and requirements listed in paragraphs 4 and 5 of this document.
    6. The highest authority present at said events shall sanction all competitions. For example, the sponsoring battalion sanctions a battalion competition. The sponsoring regiment sanctions a regimental competition, etc.
  8. Types of Competitions.
    1. Intramural Competition: A unit competition opened to teams within the same unit.
    2. Unit Competition: A unit-sanctioned competition opened to all invited unit teams regardless of battalion affiliations.
    3. Battalion Competition: A battalion-sanctioned competition opened to all qualified units from the same battalion.
    4. Regimental Competition: A regiment-sanctioned competition opened to all qualified unit teams from the same regiment.
  9. Transporting rifles and ammunition.
    1. Prior to transport, ensure each rifle is cleared. If possible remove the bolt from the rifle.
    2. Place the rifle in a transportable locking storage container in the automobile trunk or secured truck bed.
    3. Place all ammunition in a separate transportable locking storage container in the automobile trunk or secured truck bed.
    4. If a transportable locking storage container is not available, rifles may be transported in the trunk of one automobile and the ammunition must be transported in the trunk of a second automobile.
    5. Never mix rifles, ammunition, and passengers together in the same compartment.

PART III. Qualification

    1. Air Rifle
      1. Equipment.
        1. Rifle. Any single stroke or multi-pump spring-piston or pneumatic CO2 gas air rifle caliber .177. No modifications may be made, other than adjustments to the stock length for the competitor’s comfort in reaching the trigger. The sights cannot contain a lens or system of lenses. Telescopes are prohibited.
        2. Shooting Jacket. Not required.
        3. Shooting Gloves. Not required.
        4. Spotting Scope. Not required.
        5. Targets. The AR-5 target shall be used for all air rifle competitions.
            1. One single target shall be used for “zeroing.”

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          1. Five “Ten-bulls-eye” target shall be used for regiment sanctioned competitions and 5 “Ten bulls-eye” targets shall be used at division and national sanctioned competitions.
      2. Firing Range. Air rifle competition ranges shall be indoors.
        1. Firing Point. Each firing point shall be no less than five (5) feet wide, containing a three-inch wide firing line across all firing points.
        2. Known Distance. The distance of the target from the firing line shall be 10 meter (approximately 33 feet).
        3. Backstop. The overall depth of the firing range shall not be less than 45 feet from firing line to the backstop. (see NRA and/or CMP regulations)
      3. Air Rifle Format. Young Marines will shoot in four (4) positions-prone, kneeling, sitting, and standing.
        1. Young Marines will shoot a total of fifty (50) pellets. Under the direction of the Range Officer, Young Marines will shoot:
          1. Ten (10) pellets in the prone position.
          2. Ten (10) pellets in the kneeling position.
          3. Twenty (20) pellets in the sitting position.
          4. Ten (10) pellets in the standing position.
      4. Scoring. The following shall determine the score and ranking of the Young Marine for the purposes of the Young Marine Marksmanship Ribbon authorized devices
375 – 500 Expert
250 – 374 Sharpshooter
125 – 249 Marksman
0 – 124 Unqualified
    1. Small Bore (.22 cal) Rifle
      1. Equipment.
        1. Rifle. Any rimfire .22 caliber rifle may be used. No modifications may be made, other than adjustments to the stock length for the competitor’s comfort in reaching the trigger. The sights cannot contain a lens or system of lenses. Telescopes and laser assisted sighting systems are prohibited.
        2. Ammunition. Only .22-caliber rimfire short, long, or long rifle may be used.
        3. Shooting Jacket. Not required.
        4. Shooting Gloves. Not required.
        5. Spotting Scope. Not required.
        6. Targets. The following targets shall be used for all small-bore rifle competitions.
For indoor firing.
  1. One single target ( TQ-1/(P) ) shall be used for “zeroing”.
  2. Four “Ten-bulls-eye” targets ( A-17) shall be used for unit and battalion sanctioned competitions.
  3. Five “Ten-bulls-eye” targets (A-17) shall be used for regimental sanctioned competitions and 5 “Ten bulls-eye” targets shall be used at division and national sanctioned competitions.
For outdoor firing.
  1. One single target ( TQ-3/1 ) shall be used for “zeroing”.
  2. Five “Five-bulls-eye” targets ( TQ-3/5 ) shall be used for unit and battalion sanctioned competitions. Two hits per bull for a total of ten hits per target.
  3. Six “Five-bulls-eye” targets ( TQ-3/5 ) shall be used for regimental sanctioned competitions and 6 “Five bulls-eye” targets shall be used at division and national sanctioned competitions. Two hits per bull for a total of ten hits per target.
      1. Firing Range. Small bore rifle competition ranges may be outdoors or indoors.
        1. Caution. Lead poisoning in confined spaces is a real danger. Prior to using indoor ranges, ensure that the facility is properly ventilated.
        2. Firing Point. Each firing point shall be no less than five (5) feet wide, containing a three-inch wide firing line across all firing points.
        3. Know Distance.
          1. The outdoor distance of the target from the firing line shall be 50 yards (approximately 150 feet).
          2. The indoor distance of the target from the firing line shall be 50 feet.
        4. Backstop.
          1. The outdoors overall depth of the firing range shall not be less than 75 yards or 225 feet from firing line to the backstop.
          2. The indoors overall depth of the firing range shall not be less than 75 feet from firing line to the backstop. Indoor ranges must have ¼-inch steel backstop.
      2. Small Bore Rifle Format. Young Marines competitors will shoot in four (4) positions-prone, kneeling, sitting, and standing.
        1. Young Marines will shoot a total of fifty (50) bullets. Under the direction of the Range Officer, Young Marines will shoot:
          1. Ten (10) shots in the prone position
          2. Ten (10) shots in the kneeling position
          3. Twenty (shots) in the sitting position
          4. Ten (10) shots in the standing position
      3. Scoring. The following shall determine the score and ranking of the Young Marine for the purposes of the Young Marine Marksmanship Ribbon authorized devices.
375 – 500 Expert
250 – 374 Sharpshooter
125 – 249 Marksman
0 – 124 Unqualified

For Young Marine Marksmanship ribbon application form click on the marksmanship ribbon. young_marines_ribbon

CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE SECTION 12552:

S 12552: Furnishing Firearms to Minors under 18 without permission of parent. — Every person who furnishes any firearm, air gun, or gas-operated gun, designed to fire a bullet, pellet, or metal projectile, to any minor under the age of 18 years, without the express or implied permission of the parent or legal guardian of the minor, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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For that reason we require adults to be present at all times when they are taking this class. We require at least one parent OR legal GUARDIAN to also pay for the class and participate in it so they also understand firearm safety around minors. FOR BOY SCOUTS TROOPS , 4-H, YOUNG MARINE, EXPLORERS, A MINIMUM OF 1 PAID ADULT PER 5 MINORS IS REQUIRED. WE HAVE A RELEASE FOR ALL MINORS TO BE SIGNED BY THEIR PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS not attending our training.

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