VICTORIA, Australia — Pounding footsteps from warriors could be heard from a distance as the Marine Corps Battle Colors swayed with a team of Marines with the Marine Corps Shooting Team as they charged through the Section Match May 17, 2016 at Puckapunyal Military Area, Victoria, Australia.
The event was part of the final week of Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2016, which is an annual marksmanship competition that tests the skills of military competitive shooters from around the world on their marksmanship capabilities.
The match consisted of 3.4 kilometers of running, or roughly 2 miles, which was split into two runs of 2.4 and 1 kilometers. After the first run portion, the competitors shot in fire teams at targets at multiple targets at various distances on the firing range, and fired in foxholes at the moving target range after the second run, using M16A4 service rifles and M240B Machine guns.
The fire teams were optimized to have the faster runners on the team get to the range first to ensure the competitors make each deadline for the runs.