U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Advanced Junior Rifle Camp 2014
Russ Chastain 02.19.14
The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) offers an “advanced rifle camp” to young shooters at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2014, the camp will be held August 4-8 at USAMU’s Pool International Range Complex. With only 25 spots available, they say “acceptance will be based on previous matches shot,” so this isn’t exactly a summer camp with guns. Instead, it’s geared towards young competitive shooters who wish to further hone their smallbore rifle skills.
At a meager cost of $50 per shooter to cover expenses, this is a definite bargain. Participants will be coached by competitive soldiers/shooters who have themselves successfully competed in world-class events (including the Olympics). Shooters age 14-18 are welcome to apply.
USAMU has this to say about it:
The camp will consist of daily training, classes in the afternoon, and conclude with a match across the course with awards. Parents or sponsors are welcome to attend all classes. Activities are also being planned, such as bowling and a visit to the National Infantry Museum. Upon conclusion of the match, campers will receive a catered meal before the awards presentation.
Since 1956, soldiers from the USAMU have won 24 of the country’s Olympic medals, and 59 soldiers from the International Rifle section have Olympic starts since its inception.
Anyone interested can download an application at www.usamu.com, or get more information by calling SSG George Norton at (706) 545-9068 or email him at [email protected]. Applications can be mailed in or faxed. That information can be found on the application.
Here’s a link to the application.