MVT Rifleman Challenge #1: 27-29 March 2015

The PT Thing: Clarification
December 3, 2014
MVT Rifleman Challenge: Detail, Clarification & FAQs
December 6, 2014


Outline: MVT will offer ‘MVT Rifleman Challenge‘ three day weekends where a series of light infantry skills will be tested. Successful completion of these tests will result in the award of an ‘MVT RIFLEMAN’ patch.

Schedule of Challenge Weekends:

MVT RC 1501: 27-29 March 2015 (Friday thru Sunday).

Intent: To foster excellence among the community of armed civilians, in order to raise training standards and provide a readily identifiable, achievable, skill level.

Scope: Three day MVT Rifleman Challenge weekends will be scheduled, during which a number of the required Rifleman skills will be tested. MVT Rifleman patches will be awarded to all who meet the standards. A number of the individual skills will be tested in a pass/fail manner. A number of other skills will be tested on a random and team basis, in order to ensure that the individual students have mastered the Rifleman tasks.  For some topics there will be instructional periods followed by testing.

Two Rifleman Patches will be awarded on completion of all tasks successfully, depending on performance on the PT test:

MVT Rifleman:

Rifleman Snip

MVT Rifleman Reserve:

Rifleman Reserve Snip

Note: these images are snipped from proofs on order.


There will be 8 Core Test Events. These events will consist of individual and team challenges. Tasks will be assessed both objectively and subjectively: individual events will be assessed for time and successful task completion; team events will be assessed for successful task completion, teamwork and effort.


  • PT Test: ‘2-Miler’
  • Combat Shooting qualification: rifle & handgun
  • Weapon Manipulation
  • Navigation
  • Team Casualty Evacuation
  • Move Under Direct Fire
  • Break Contact Under Direct Fire
  • Conduct Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Detail on Standard  Test Events:


PT Test: ‘2 miler’:’

30 lb ruck, rifle. MVT 2 mile course run as an individual. The MVT course is hilly and more challenging than a standard 2-miler route:

Goal: Sub 22 minutes:               

Rifleman Pass: Sub 25 minutes

Rifleman Reserve Pass: Sub 30 minutes  

The 2-Miler is an individual best effort event, designed to simulate a rapid movement to relieve troops in contact. It is a physical and mental challenge that will asses an individual’s aptitude for the Rifleman role.  It tests physical fitness, heart and determination.           

Slings may be used on rifles, but the rifle must not be carried on the back or on/in the ruck. It must be carried either to the front of the body or at the trail.

Note: for training purposes, for the 2-Miler run on a flat or gently rolling course, the goal is sub-18 minutes, sub 20 minutes for Rifleman, sub 25 minutes for Rifleman Reserve.

Navigate: MVT navigation course: use a map and compass, navigate point to point across country as an individual. Load Bearing Equipment (LBE) and rifle.

Team Casualty Evacuation: team casualty evacuation. Physical event.


Combat Shooting Qualification: The shoot takes place with a short break after the 2-Miler. Time will be given to walk from the end of the course to the range, drop ruck, drink water and put on LBE. This is designed to simulate combat and the stress of engaging the enemy after the 2-Mile approach.

Pass marksmanship standards on rifle and handgun:

Course of Fire:                   

5 x 10 round magazines rifle, 1 x 10 round magazine handgun.

Short run onto the 50 yard firing point:

10 rounds kneeling

10 rounds prone

40 seconds including magazine changes.

Advance to 25 yards on command:

10 rounds standing

10 rounds kneeling

40 seconds including magazine changes.

Advance on command:

Ready up standing controlled pairs x 5 on command from 25 to 10 yards.

10 yards: transition to handgun, 10 rounds 15 seconds.

Total rounds 60 (rifle 50, handgun 10), max score 300, current pass mark 225. To be beta tested further and adjusted if necessary.

Below: Example Ivan Qualification Target. It will either be this fig. 11 or the fig. 12.


Weapon Manipulation: Perform speed reload, tactical reload, and malfunction/stoppage drills on rifle and handgun: tested to standard.


Move under direct fire: fire and movement:  Conduct live fire buddy pair or team fire and movement to standard.

Perform unit SOP break contact/anti-ambush drills: Perform 4 man team live fire break contact drills to standard. Contact front or flank (left/right) will be tested.

Note: there will be scope for rehearsals for these live fire drills.

Conduct tactical combat casualty care (TC3) to combat lifesaver standard. This will take the form of an instructional period followed by trauma lanes for testing.




The following are skills which are expected to be known for the MVT Rifleman Standard. In some cases, instructional periods will be provided prior to testing. These skills will be tested either at random or as part of training scenarios (wildcards). It is important to note that:

1) Not all of these skills will be tested on the 3 day Challenge weekend, but any of them can be.

2) Some skills, if included, will have a period of instruction provided prior to any testing.

3) The intent of the cadre is to pass people, if they demonstrate the knowledge to a reasonable degree, and if any knowledge or skill gaps can be made good with a short period of instruction.

4) Rehearsals will be conducted for team movement tasks, and it is not the intent of the cadre to catch people out. The intent is to develop and train.


Load, unload, strip and reassemble, clean and maintain personal weapons, including field cleaning.

Prepare a range card.


Conduct squad and team movement techniques and formations.

Basic fieldcraft: camouflage and concealment, movement under enemy observation.

Conduct a team or squad level patrol:

Actions on/SOPs:

Linear Danger Areas: conduct team or squad LDA crossing drills.

Action on Objective: Close Target Recce, Observation Post.


Halts: conduct security halt formation.

Conduct of a squad hasty ambush.

Avoid thermal surveillance utilizing terrain and vegetation masking.


Perform voice communications including reports, voice procedure, phonetic alphabet: TBD.

Perform visual signaling. Hand signals: TBD.


Enter and clear a room.

Conduct a simple squad deliberate ambush (L-shaped or Linear).

Conduct support by fire for a squad attack.

Conduct an assault as part of a squad attack.

Occupy a squad patrol base.

Establish a buddy pair shelter area.

Theory of cover: identify temporary fighting positions.

React to indirect fire.

Duties of a sentry

Search enemy dead.

Prisoner handling.

Conduct personal administration in the field: maintain combat effectiveness.

Example Outline Weekend Training Schedule

Day 1:

Arrive. Administration.

PT Test

Shooting Qualification

Tactical Combat Casualty Care training and trauma lanes.

Day 2:

Navigation Course

Move under Direct Fire*

Break Contact under direct fire*

Weapon Manipulation

*Note: some wildcard core skill testing will take place as background activity during wait times.

Day 3:

Casualty Evacuation

Random Skill Testing – Wildcards



Cost: $500 per person.

There will be a 10%  ‘Oath Taker’ discount for military and first responders;  professionals who have sworn an oath to the Constitution. 

Note: attendance on MVT Progression training classes, including Combat Team Tactics and Combat Patrol, will train the majority of skills on this list. 

The MVT Rifleman Challenge is intended to form the first rung of a training progression. MVT will construct leadership classes in order to award patches for successful completion. The next level patch will be MVT Squad Leader . That class will teach SUT, leadership and troop leading procedures.


  1. Rick Hall says:

    Where is the event?

  2. JAFO says:

    Max, what is the student capacity for the weekend event.

  3. RobRoySimmons says:

    Is the 2Miler the sole difference between Rifleman and Reserve?

  4. Bearcreek says:

    Gonna be a hectic weekend for you Max, running the rifleman challenge and CP at the same time. Where should we be looking for info or training on the few things in the challenge that are not covered in MVT classes? I’m thinking in particular of the “search enemy dead” and “prisoner handling” sections. Is this stuff we can just read up on somewhere and be ok?

  5. Molonelabe23 says:

    Can there be any consideration for certain disabilities? I cannot shoot prone on my elbows due to 5 vertabrae fused with titanium plates in my neck. It is just physically impossible for my neck to rotate back far enough to get a sight pictures. I got through Appleseed training using sitting position for prone. Also how many total rounds will be needed for entire weekend and what kind of sights are allowed ie: iron sights only or scopes, redots. Any rifle or handgun restrictions such as caliber restrictions or semi auto handguns only, no revolvers?

    • Max Velocity says:

      I’ll have to write some sort of addendum to answer these type of questions. In simple terms use the CTT gear list and rifle requirements as a guide. This is designed for AR style rifles and semi automatic magazine fed handguns. It doesn’t matter what sights you have – bring what you would fight with.

      This standard isn’t really about the random weapons I know people want to show up with. Standardization is best in these rifleman/infantry type scenarios anyway.

      As for allowances, the standard has to be the standard. Sadly, not being able to go prone is going to have all sorts of unintended consequences for infantry work, not just shooting. Laying prone in an OP? It’s not to say those with disabilities can’t fight, or defend their families, or perform another role, but that’s not the point of the rifleman standard.

    • Kevin Chicoine says:

      Perhaps using sideways prone such as taught by Aaron might work ???

  6. Aaron says:

    Sometimes we (as in the cadre at MVT) take certain things for granted due to a sense of common background. In the military you’re NEVER tested on something that you haven’t first been trained on. This will be the same. There will be instruction! We would never ask you to spend your sweat and gold without giving you a quality product. Obviously those with training will likely perform better however this is designed to be a challenge, not an impossibility. You will learn things, network and meet amazing people as well as challenge yourself and grow. It will be worth your time and effort and the nonstandard training will serve to reinforce learning.

    In this age of being able to research the smallest minutia of anything sometimes people will assume things are not there simply because it isint listed. Have faith gents. The same quality product you have read about and come to expect from MVT will be there!