The mission of the Master Gunner is to train the unit for combat and act as subject matter expert for all weapon system platforms in the ABCT. The Master Gunner advises commanders at all echelons, and assists with the planning, development, execution, and evaluation of all combat and gunnery-related training (individual, crew, and collective)
Purpose: To train accomplished armor noncommissioned officers in advanced gunnery methodology, turret weapons systems maintenance, and gunnery training management. These acquired skills and knowledge will allow them to function as the unit's master of gunnery, the tank commander's mentor and the commander's gunnery technical adviser. Scope: The M1A2 SEP Master Gunner Course accomplishes this mission by focusing its curriculum on the following areas of Armor Soldier development: INDIVIDUAL TRAINING: Physical Fitness MAINTENANCE TRAINING: Trains maintenance procedures used to identify and troubleshoot complex malfunctions that occur in the tank turret electrical, hydraulic, armament, and fire control systems. GUNNERY TRAINING: Trains advanced gunnery methodology, doctrinal, and technical procedures needed to assess crew proficiency, identify crew procedural errors that causes a tank not to hit a target, and provide training for crews to operate the tank to its designed capabilities. GUNNERY TRAINING MANAGEMENT: Trains Unit Training Planning and Management as outlined in ADP 7-0, FM 7-0, and TC 3-20.31 with the main emphasis on tank gunnery standards, preliminary gunnery training, supervised decentralized instruction, integration of training devices, assessment of units strong and weak areas, and development of an annual gunnery program that sustains and improves unit tank gunnery proficiency. Course Outcomes: - Identifies and troubleshoots complex malfunctions that occur in the tank turret electrical, hydraulic, armament, and fire control systems. - Assesses crew proficiency and identifies crew procedural errors that causes a tank not to hit a target.- Provides training to crews to operate the tank to its designed capabilities.- Develops an annual gunnery program that sustains and improves unit tank gunnery proficiency.