SAMPLE GUNNER'S QUALIFICATION TEST
a. This appendix presents the test that evaluates the 13B (0811) soldier (Marine) in the performance of the principal duties of the gunner. This test applies to all weapon systems and has the following purposes:
(1) The tasks in this test should be used as a training tool. The soldier should practice each task under close supervision to acquire the degree of proficiency required by the standards stated in this test.
(2) This test can bolster the esprit and motivation of the soldier through recognition of individual proficiency. The Artillery clasp for the marksmanship badge will be awarded upon completion of this test (see AR 672-5-1).
b. This test will be given at least semiannually.
The soldier will be required to perform the tasks in accordance with the following standards:
a. Settings must be exact.
b. Bubbles in leveling vials must be centered exactly.
c. The cross hair of the reticle pattern on the panoramic telescope must be aligned exactly on the left edge of the aiming post, on the 0 line of the collimator (or offset correctly to counter the effects of displacement), center mass of the compass or reflector of the aiming circle, or on the top left edge of the distant aiming point.
d. The final motion of the elevating handwheel must always be in the direction that raises the cannon tube.
e. Azimuth knobs must be rotated so as to approach the aiming point from left to right.
f. The appropriate deflection correction must be set on the gunner's aid.
g. Correct terms must be used.
h. Correct hand and arm signals must be used.
i. If any questions arise, refer to the appropriate technical manual and then to FM 6-50.
The soldier will not receive assistance on the individual tasks but will be provided an assistant on those tasks which require one. If the soldier fails any task because of the fault of the assistant, that task will be retested.
Scoring will be in accordance with the standards for each task. A NO-GO will be given if any of the standards of precision (B-2) or the standards of a specific task are not met, and 0 points will be awarded. If the soldier receives all GO ratings for the standards, the score for the task will depend on the speed of execution.
Scores determining the qualification status of the gunner are shown on Table B-1.
a. Successful administration of the test is enhanced by efficient organization of the test site. The test site will consist of the following:
(1) An in-briefing station.
(2) A chief examiner.
(3) An examiner for each station and an assistant if required.
(4) Six howitzers in the firing position with BII.
(5) An aiming circle with communications.
(6) Two direct fire targets, 600 meters in front of the test site and 50 meters apart.
(7) At least one distant aiming point.
b. Soldiers will use the round-robin method to move from station to station. The examiner will be the same for each station. Each examiner will have a clip board and stop watch.
c. The chief examiner will brief each soldier on the test site and what tasks are on each howitzer. He will explain the scoring system and answer any questions.
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