CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Marine Corps Far East Division Rifle and Pistol Championships are scheduled to kick off later this month, and Marine Corps Base Camp S.D. Butler’s Headquarters and Services Battalion is looking for a few good shots.

The competition at Camp Hansen begins with check-in Jan. 28 and is open to all ranks, according to Master Gunnery Sgt. William Corley, G-6 Division chief and head coach of the division rifle and pistol team.

Requirements to compete are:

• qualified sharpshooter or higher with the service rifle;• have no court-martial convictions within six months of the announced date of the match; and• must not be scheduled to separate from the Marine Corps or be released from active duty prior to Sept. 30.

Marines who participate will compete in rifle and pistol competitions.

The first week of the monthlong shooting program consists of classes on marksmanship, Corley said. The second week comprises advanced shooting classes and some shooting.

The third week is all practice firing, and the fourth week is competition matches.

Corley said the top 10 percent of shooters on Okinawa will advance to Corps matches at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in April, if their command lets them go.

All competitors must have command approval at every level of competition, as they will be taken out of the various work sections for lengthy periods.

If a shooter does well at the Corps level, he or she could get picked up for the Marine Corps team, Corley said.

In addition to having the chance to compete and learn advanced marksmanship skills, Corley said participants go back to their units with knowledge to share.

The first step to competing is getting approval from individual work sections, Corley said. The section can then forward a competitors rank, name, Social Security number, blood type, end of active service date, rotation date and contact number to shooting program officials.

Corley then will have orders cut for those competing. Marines who take part will leave their work section by Jan. 28 and return after an awards ceremony Feb. 27.

For more information, contact Corley at, or call DSN 645-2591.

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