WTSS training for Marines stuck in Darwin

US Marine Corps Corporal Isaiah Fraser, a data system administrator with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, shoots an M4 carbine at Robertson Barracks in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, April 29, 2020.

US Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Natalie Greenwood.

The Marine service rifle was integrated with the Australian’s Weapons Training Simulation System for the first time, allowing US and Australian service members to maintain readiness while observing proper COVID-19 social distancing rules.

The Marines are part a 54-member advance party who arrived in Darwin before border closures associated with COVID-19 were put in place.

Marine Rotational Force – Darwin 2020 was cancelled (or at best postponed) in March because of the ongoing restrictions associated with COVID-19 – leaving the advance party in Darwin to receive stores, supplies and equipment that was already in shipment.



Any thoughts on Corporal Fraser’s shooting technique? Could this hold be transferred to any other shooting position than prone?






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Posted by Brian Hartigan

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3 thoughts on “WTSS training for Marines stuck in Darwin

  • 03/05/2020 at 1:43 pm

    I think the term ‘data system administrator’ answers your question.

    It looks to be one of the most awkward and unstable positions I have seen in over 50 years of small arms shooting.


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