Marksmanship Training Center
After the close of the National Matches, held annually at
Camp Perry, it was tradition for a group of three to five
leaders within the marksmanship program to meet at
National Guard Bureau to review the states after-action
reports from the matches and make program recommendations
for the following year.
Marksmanship Committee Reports show
that as far back as 1962 there was concern that a position
at the national level should be established, whose full-time
responsibility is to improve the marksmanship program.
Problems encountered by the All Guard Teams during
their first two years of active competition clearly
demonstrated the need for full-time support and coordination
by a permanent agency. The weapons accurization program
initiated in 1965, which employed an armorer on a 6-month
basis, was a step in the right direction, but it did not go
The Marksmanship Committee Report of
1966 recommended that a National Guard Marksmanship Training
Center (NGMTC) be established as a unit semi-permanently
attached to a suitable state headquarters and that the unit
should provide the following for the All Guard Teams:
1.) Training program and
a match competitive schedule culminating annually in the
2.) Supply function
covering procurement, storage, maintenance, and issue of
suitable weapons, ammunition, optical and competitive equipment,
individual distinctive team uniforms, etc..
3.) Weapons accurization
facility of the highest order to include machine rest and ammunition
4.) Fiscal support to
include allocation and payment of team expenses, equipment purchases,
and travel expenses.
5.) Command representation
of suitable rank and background to represent the NGB at major
matches, Army Area meetings, the National Rifle Association,
Director of Civilian Marksmanship , NBPRP, and the National Match
Further recommendations included
selection of a location for the NGMTC meet the following
1.) Favorable climate.
2.) Availability of pistol and high power rifle ranges.
3.) Billet and Mess facilities.
4.) Ease of reaching by various means of transportation.
5.) The availability of qualified personnel to properly man the unit.
States were invited to submit proposals
for establishing the NGMTC; after reviewing the proposals,
Tennessee was selected by the NGB.
NGMTC was established in Nashville,
Tennessee at the National Guard Armory, in February of 1968 with
an Army Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) calling for
22 ARNG personnel (6 officers, 2 warrant officers, and 14
enlisted). The executive officer, two armorers, and an NCO had
guard technician status. In the fall of 1968, the unit was
augmented with eight ANG positions, which complemented the Army
NGMTC was moved from Nashville,
Tennessee effective June 1, 1990, and reorganized at Camp
Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock , Arkansas. The unit
was housed in several buildings on Camp Robinson until 14
October 1992 when the Hebert R. Temple Marksmanship Center
was dedicated at the present location.
The National Guard Marksmanship
Training Center is divided into two divisions, which are
formal schools and competitive events.
NGMTC schoolhouse offers world
class instruction in the proper use of the various small
arms weapon systems available to the National Guard through
a variety of small arms courses such as Sniper, Squad
Designated Marksman, and Small Arms Master Gunner.
Competitions held at the NGMTC
include, among others, the Winston P. Wilson Small Arms and
Sniper Matches and the Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting, the
Chief, National Guard Bureau Postal Matches, and the National
Guard Sniper Championship.
NGMTC still fulfills the traditional
role for which it was established, but today is even more
critical than ever imagined. It daily trains service members
in advanced marksmanship and improves their combat
survivability, so that warrior skill readiness meets our
military's needs within global affairs.