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ISS2 2018

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"The spirit of the program is there," said Sadulski. "It presents some time management challenges, but in the Coast Guard, we always find a way of making it work." Chief Petty Officer A.J. Tole, the SERA at Station Los Angeles/ Long Beach, said, "Anytime a new program rolls out, it's always a little cumbersome, but someone smart in the field comes back with a way to make it more user-friendly." This feedback is crucial, Cash said, because it helps fine tune the program. Tole concurred. "The higher-ups are sometimes a little disconnected, but they listen when new ideas are kicked back up from the ranks," said Tole. "Like when the gold badges send out letters asking for feedback. This clearly tells us they're listening, and we appreciate that." COACHES GONNA COACH More than 500 FAIs around the country are trained to administer the new course of fire, but the other critical part of the FT&E program was the firearms marksmanship coach (FMC). Historically, "coaches" were people who, after qualifying on the weapon, tried to throw out helpful suggestions when they saw a shipmate struggling. The FAI running the range would double as the official coach, but each periodic stop to correct a shooter slowed down the range. By December, units will have FMCs at a 1:4 ratio to assist the FAI in helping members with techniques (breath control, sight alignment, stance, etc.), leaving the FAI free to administer the course of fire. (Until those coaches are qualified, the FAI will act in both capacities, but with only for four shooters on the range at a time.) Candidates for FMC are identified by the FAI, who can spot a good shooter on the range. If they agree, the FAI will lay out a training plan with the commanding officer, which includes a formalized checklist and structured OJT. By the end of the training, the new FMC is able to teach Phase I, the classroom portion of FT&E-P. (Though Phase I resembles the pre-fire training from previous pistol courses, Campanella noted that FMCs won't be able to do the pre-fire for shotgun and rifle courses; those will still be administered by FAIs.) He said the training an FMC receives is so extensive, they'll already have many of the essential fundamental skills they'd get from Yorktown's FAI course. "These guys are doing it because they love it," said Campanella, noting that all FAIs and FMCs are collateral duty positions. "At the FAI course, we fill every seat, every class. [Those who want to teach] are out there." That "click" of understanding and success becomes the motivation, he said. "They're passing that knowledge. When you teach someone for the first time, and see that look on their face, you see those lightbulbs go off, and you say, 'I want more of that." WATCH THAT SECOND ENGINEER It used to be that if a member had qualified to carry a weapon in the last 30 years, before long, they could eventually narrate the annual training course: a simulated, practical judgment course that was administered via video. And that only differed from the previous decade's training in that the video had moved from the VHS to the DVD format. Among the Coast Guard's LE community, the Judgmental Use of Force Evaluation (JUFE) became routine for the BOs and BTMs who had to watch the same video every six months to maintain their qualifications. Participants knew to watch out for the wife if they were on the sailboat scenario, and if they got the engine room scenario, they knew to wait for the second guy to come around the corner. Even when JUFE's video got a revamp two years ago (using Coast Guard members as actors) it still didn't test the members Senior Chief Petty Officer Roger Rebman, a reservist at Coast Guard Station Rochester, N.Y., aims a Sig Sauer P229 DAK during the Firearms Training and Evaluation - Pistol course at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., April 26. Rebman was one of the firearms instructors attending the annual recertification and evaluation at ACRTC of all the FAI's in the Coast Guard's Ninth District. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian McCrum Issue 2 • 2018 � RESERVIST 21

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