The United States Army is changing the scoring of their rifle qualification course, in an apparent attempt to more clearly define who should obtain achievement pins. The adjustments have kept the overall passing score at its meager 23 hits out of 40, but alters the scoring requirements to achieve more coveted marksman and sharpshooter awards. Expert standards will remain the same, and require at least 36 hits out of 40 shots.
Though the military and American law enforcement are distinct in function and purpose, the two often share similar combat of arms, and even self-defense training. Many law enforcement agencies (especially State Police forces) established their Chain of Command, ranks, uniforms, disciplinary measures, and more, based upon established military doctrines. The influence of the military upon law enforcement firearms, equipment, and structure cannot be underestimated. As such, this rather shocking lowering of rifle qualification standards may see a much broader impact as law enforcement agencies around the country evaluate their training programs and requirements.