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The Army recently announced the expansion of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit to include 24 wounded warriors as members of its new Paralympic and Instructor sections.
The USAMUs Paralympic and Instructor sections will showcase the resilience of wounded warriors. Recruiting for those positions is now under way and open to wounded warriors eligible to continue serving on active duty.
Wounded warriors selected to join the USAMU will use the skills developed during their careers to train Soldiers and serve as Army ambassadors at marksmanship venues worldwide. The initiative emphasizes how much the Army values the experience of its Soldiers, especially the sacrifices of its veterans, said Col. Mark A. Rado of the U.S. Army Accessions Brigade Command.
We see the experience these veterans have gained as something they can share with other Soldiers, Rado said. These Soldiers truly showcase ability over disability and are the definition of what it means to be Army Strong.
U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Commander Lt. Col. Don King and his team will review applicants to form the units new instructor and paralympic sections. Those selected will join the Armys elite marksmanship unit.
This ground-breaking, goal-setting, and future oriented program provides an opportunity to raise Army marksmanship proficiency, King said. The expansion of the U.S. Army Marksmanship unit to include Soldiers wounded in combat will allow them to represent the Army in international competition, tell their story of strength and resiliency while continuing to serve their nation.
Combat veteran and premier Army Paralympic shooter Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson, along with other world-class shooters, will mentor selected Soldiers and help shape the new USAMU sections. Olson was the first active-duty Soldier wounded in combat to compete in the Paralympics, representing the U.S. at London in 2012. He lost his right leg after being attacked while on a patrol in Iraq in 2003.
Wounded warriors who apply for the new positions will be screened by USAMU leadership. There are specific requirements Soldiers must meet to be considered for one of the 24 slots. They must be classified as continue on active duty, or COAD; have a minimum of three years retainability; accept long-term assignment stabilization; and be an Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom veteran.
Additionally, to be eligible for the Paralympic section, Soldiers must meet International Paralympic Committee classification eligibility. Soldiers interested in becoming a member of the instructor group must be a Purple Heart recipient and have a Combat Arms MOS.
For more regarding Paralympic classification, refer to www.paralympic.org/Classification/Introduction.
The positions require a strong desire to represent the United States in international shooting competitions, and up to six hour days on the range in a competitive marksmanship environment, including many weekends, according to King. Membership in the instructor group will require the ability to remain on the firing range for up to eight hours a day and the motivation to enjoy training Soldiers; planning, resourcing and executing training or travel plans; and the knowledge to exemplify the Be, Know and Do of marksmanship and its instruction.
Soldiers interested in joining the USAMU Instructor or Paralympics sections should contact unit S-1 at DSN 835-6702, 706-545-6702, USAMUComp@usarec.army.mil or by fax to DSN 835-1048 or 706-545-1048.