By Sgt. 1st Class John Buol
| ARMU | April 13, 2019
Sgt. Luis Torres takes aim and shoots the second stage of the EIC Postal Match. (Photo by Sgt. Luis Torres)
Spc. Christian Sanchez scores his targets. (Photo by Sgt. Luis Torres)
Sgt. Luis Torres runs the shot timer and coaches Spc. Gonzalez and Spc. Sanchez while shooting the fourth stage of the EIC Postal Match. (Photo by Sgt. Luis Torres)
The 1st Mission Support Geographical Command, 301st Military Police Company conducted an Army Reserve Postal Match at the Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Site on April 11, 2019.
Motivated by the training guidance of Chief, Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey to create the most lethal, combat-ready Reserve Force in United States history, Sgt. Luis D. Torres took the initiative with the support of his training NCO, Staff Sgt. Mendez, and used their combined 30+ year experience as local State Police S.W.A.T. law enforcement officers to conduct the advanced training.
"We had the opportunity to run a Postal Match during our unit's weapons qualification battle assembly," said Sgt. Torres. "Instead of just 'burning' the leftover ammunition, we took advantage of the situation and implemented improved training. I had brought a supply of already-printed EIC targets and instructed Soldiers in the unit that volunteered for the opportunity to shoot the match. My unit leadership, 1st Lt. Angel Carrasquillo and 1st Sgt. Victor Labrador, were supportive."
The World-wide Chief, Army Reserve Postal Matches are designed to be conducted as a part of unit qualification to provide the means of conducting small arms training beyond routine qualification. Excellence In Competition is a program dating back to 1884 to recognized skilled military and civilian shooters that accrue 30 EIC "Leg" points as Distinguished Riflemen. The EIC Postal Match is a reduced distance course using scaled targets at 25 meters to simulate most of the shooting done on Match 321, the EIC course recognized by the Army Marksmanship Unit and used throughout the Department of Army.
"I went over the course of fire and gave my Soldiers some dry run practice so they could get used to reloading from their gear while assuming the different positions under time constraints. I brought my Pocket Pro Timer II to accurately time our training and when shooting the course for record," said Sgt. Torres. "What a great experience! I know my Soldiers felt humbled and acknowledge that we need more training. This was a great way to get there. There's no time nor resources to spare as an Army Reserve Soldier!"
All Soldiers in the Army Reserve are eligible and encouraged to host and participate in these Postal Match events.