Ranges designed to handle weapons
qualification throughput needs
|Servicemembers conducting weapons qualification
training at Fort McCoy can count on the installation meeting their
training needs in a timely manner even during peak training times, said
Range Officer Terry Hoff.
During the past several years, the number of ranges on the installation
has increased to enhance range throughput, Hoff said. Throughput is
defined as the number of individuals or crews that can qualify on a
given weapon on a given range in a day.
“It doesn’t matter why units come to Fort McCoy, be it for
extended-combat or battle-drill training qualification or for a special
mission, such as new-equipment training, premobilization or mobilization
training,” Hoff said. “Every customer expects to complete weapons
training in as timely a manner as possible so they can accomplish their
Mark Stelzner, Fort McCoy Range Scheduler, said range throughput
capacities help the installation best schedule ranges to allow the
maximum number of units/military personnel to complete training and
qualification. At times, this may include units entering into co-use
agreements on a range so all units can accomplish necessary training, he
Fort McCoy can accommodate those needs through some of the most-modern
training ranges and facilities available in the Army, Hoff said. The
available weapons training includes individual training, such as rifle
and M-9 qualification, and crew-served training, such as machine-gun and
grenade-launcher training. The installation has two ranges for
individual qualification for rifles and pistols on both North and South
“The throughput capacity information helps us advise units how to
schedule the ranges,” Stelzner said. “If a unit has 250 Soldiers, for
example, and a range’s throughput capacity is rated at 250 Soldiers per
day, they may not want to enter into a co-use agreement so they can
complete the training in one day.”
Commanders also have to take into account the capabilities of their
units when scheduling weapons training. If unit members haven’t
qualified for several years or have many new personnel, it may take them
additional time to complete training or qualifications, he said.
Units also must consider other training they want to accomplish.
Stelzner said if a unit wants to complete rifle and pistol shooting in
the shortest amount of time, they may want to schedule Range 105, which
allows for sighting and qualification firing for both rifles and pistols
on the same range.
Likewise, if a unit wants to conduct home station training lanes
scenarios along with their weapons training, they may want to schedule
Range 105 because it’s the closest range to those options.
Stelzner said units are encouraged to go to the Range Facility
Management Support System (RFMSS) to schedule training before coming to
Fort McCoy. RFMSS also helps them keep track of the ranges’ training
status while they’re at Fort McCoy.
For more information about scheduling training at Fort McCoy, call