Fort McCoy News Aug. 25, 2017

Stress-shoot facility under construction at Range 18

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Fort McCoy's Range 18 is one of 31 live-fire ranges at the installation that has a lot of use throughout the year, including by service members completing sniper training. Now, a new dimension of training capability is being added to the range.

"We've contracted to have a stress-shoot facility constructed there," said Installation Range Officer Mike Todd with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. "In the facility, there will be three lanes of five obstacles that (service members) negotiate to get their blood pressure and breathing up before they start firing at a tower located between some other lanes."

The stress-shoot facility is being constructed with hardened materials, so it will stand the test of time and use from training, Todd said. It will make Range 18 even more of a multipurpose range.

Workers with contractor Veteran Range Solutions complete work on a stress-shoot facility at Range 18 on North Post on Aug. 9 at Fort McCoy.
Workers with contractor Veteran Range Solutions complete work on a
stress-shoot facility at Range 18 on North Post on Aug. 9 at Fort McCoy.

Todd said the facility will test the limits of service members who train there.

"Soldiers normally are winded from maneuver during direct-fire engagements with the enemy," he said. "The stress shoot facility will help induce the physical stress that service members will undergo and then have to overcome to effectively put steel on target."

Soldiers participating in a "stress shoot" is not new. At Fort Sill, Okla., a few years ago, Soldiers with A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery completed this training, according to an Army News Service article.

The concept for the stress shoot, according to the article, "revolved around six physical events, with three rounds shot at each event. Physical events consisted of combinations of pushups, situps, a litter sprint, burpee exercises, and individual movement techniques. Soldiers completed each physical event in full uniform, including body armor, and carried their weapons."

"Qualification on a flat range does not induce that physical stress and difficult engagement that this facility will provide during a stress shoot," Todd said.

Range-improvement projects align with Fort McCoy's strategic objectives, including to continually modernize the installation's infrastructure, and to enhance its military value through improved training area utilization and land-use initiatives.

Range improvement planning also is developed closely with requirements that can be found in the Army Training Circular (TC) 25-8, Todd said. This circular provides guidance for developing and operating Army ranges. TC 25-8 also is a working guide for trainers, range planners, engineers, coordinators, and mandated range project review boards at all levels of the Army. It's the primary guide for installation and major Army command range-development plans and for developing the Army Master Range Plan.