How Our Instructors Are Made
RWVA is 'setting the pace' when it comes to training and certifying rifle marksmanship instructors, as Project Appleseed Instructors undergo one of the most rigorous training programs there is.
A full fledged instructor starts out as an IIT (Instructor In Training). But first, in order to become an IIT, the potential instructor must shoot "expert" on the AQT (Army Qualification Test) before he can even volunteer to become an IIT.
Then he embarks on "the Appleseed Trail", where he:
It's a tough process - but it makes for extremely competent instructors.
What's the major factors of becoming an Appleseed Instructor?
Our first requirement for a potential instructor is that he be able to do what he is going to teach - in other words, he has to be able to shoot an "Expert" score with a rifle on the Army Qualification Test (AQT). Second, we require our instructors to go out and instruct hundreds of students under the tutelage of an experienced instructor and gain valuable "hands on" experience - all the while he is being evaluated via IEFs (Instructor Evaluation Forms) to see that he measures up to our high standards. You can bet an RWVA instructor has a lot of miles of experience under his belt, even before he earns the coveted "Red Hat" of a Full Instructor. The tremendous amount of "hands-on" training every RWVA instructor receives makes for an excellence hard to find elsewhere.
It's a process that produces, not just trained and paper-tested instructors, but trained, line-tested, and experienced instructors.
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