All Air Force Sports Teams
| Marksmanship is an inherent military skill and the Air Force's
competitive shooting program demonstrates the Air Force's commitment
to the preservation and advancement of marksmanship. The presence
of Air Force shooters in national and international competition
enhances the image and prestige of the United States Air Force.
As team members compete, conduct clinics at universities and high
schools, and make other public appearances, they are directly contributing
to the Air Force recruiting effort.
The Air Force Shooting Program sets the standard for marksmanship
within the Air Force. It provides an incentive for Air Force people
to become more proficient with firearms in order to compete for
selection to the Air Force team. Ultimate program goals are to place
Air Force members on Air Force, Conseil International Du Sport Militaire
(CISM), Pan American, Olympic, and other teams representing the
Team members, selected throughout the Air Force, remain assigned
to their current duty location and travel periodically to train
for and represent the Air Force in national-and international-level
competitions. The primary responsibility of the officers, noncommissioned
officers, and airmen, selected as members of the Air Force Shooting
Team, is to their unit and its mission. In all cases, the Air Force
mission comes first and foremost. However, through the public contact
and association developed during competitions, Air Force shooters
play a direct and important role in enhancing the image of the Air
Force both at home and abroad. Periodically, Air Force Shooting
Team Members will be asked to conduct clinics at local clubs, high
schools, academies, colleges, and universities.
Individuals normally provide their own equipment, ammunition, and
weapons; however, a limited quantity is maintained and made available
for use by shooting team members. The Air Force may provide a reasonable
amount of ammunition, entry fees, travel, and per diem for approximately
45 competitors to train for and compete in six to eight major competitions
per year, culminating in Air Force team tryouts, National Championships,
CISM, Pan American, and the Olympics. Training is accomplished primarily
during off-duty time. The shooting season normally spans from February
through August time frame. Most competitions are conducted on weekends,
which minimizes the time away from primary duties.
for selection to the Air Force Shooting Team for the first time,
or for lapses in team membership, will submit an AF Form 303, Request
For USAF Specialized Sports Training. Selections will be based on documented performance as contained in the AF Form
303. Individual potential will also be considered in the final team
- AF Form 303 may be obtained from the base fitness center and
submitted in accordance with AFI 34-207.
- A detailed summary of previous competition results must be
included with the request, match bulletins or official association
(NRA/NSSA) averages/standings will be accepted as the only source
- The AF Form 303 will be forwarded by the base fitness center
to AFPC/SVPAF, 2261 Hughes Avenue, Suite 156 Lackland AFB TX 78236-9852.
- Team selections will normally be made and individuals notified
of their selection or non-selection during the month of December
or after the training camp (if held).
Adverse Actions: Individuals on the Weight Management
Program, the control roster,
or whose promotion or reenlistment has been withheld will not
The United States Air Force Shooting Team, to include developmental
teams, will be composed of approximately 90 competitors. Although
specific numbers may vary from year-to-year, depending on the
demonstrated performance and potential of applicants, each discipline
will normally be represented by approximately 10 competitors.
Half of each team is funded primary team members, all others are
considered developmental members and are normally funded through
non-appropriated funds (NAFs).
Air Force Shooting Teams are:
- Action Pistol
- National Pistol
- International Pistol (Olympic)
- International Rifle (Olympic)
- Running Target (Olympic)
- Highpower Rifle
- International Skeet (Olympic)
- International Trap (Olympic)
- American Skeet
|Excellence In Competition (EIC)
|The Excellence-in-Competition Program (EIC) is an
awards program recognizing marksmanship, open to any Air Force Active
duty, Air Force Reserve or Air Force National Guard member. Individuals
can earn awards (badges) by earning points in marksmanship competitions
hosted by military services, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)
or the National Rifle Association (NRA). AFI 36-2903 authorizes
the wear of badges in uniform.
The EIC program was established as a part of the Air Force Shooting
Program by Col Thomas Kelly at the request of General LeMay. The
EIC program conducts all matches in accordance with guidelines
established by the CMP, the civilian parent organization.
Based on excellence in marksmanship for both pistol and rifle, the
program consists of four different levels of awards an individual
can earn. The first is the Non National Bronze Badge, open only
to new members with no accumulated points toward the distinguished
Individuals receive a Non National Bronze award after earning four
points in an Elementary Match. Elementary matches are any matches
sponsored by Headquarters, United States Air Force and approved
by Air Force Personnel Center Services Directorate, Air Force Fitness and
Sports Branch (AFPC/SVPAF), the United States Army, or the National
National Bronze Badges can be earned by personnel after receiving
six points in higher level competition. Higher level competitions
are any National Level, State level, or Regional competitions conducted
in compliance with CMP rules.
The National Silver Badge is the second level of award earned at
the higher level of competition. The National Silver can be earned
by accumulating 20 EIC points.
The final award is the Distinguished Badge, earned by accumulating
30 points or more. The distinguished badge is the highest award
in the EIC program, there are but a handful of Active duty Air Force
individuals that currently have earned this badge.
To obtain a current report on the number of EIC points you have
earned please contact at AFSports
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