Staff Sgt. Michael McPhail, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit rifle shooter and 2012 Olympian, talks to a camper during the 2013 USAMU Advanced Junior Rifle Camp. Applications for the 2014 camp are now being accepted. (USAMU photo)
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The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is now accepting applications for the annual Advanced Junior Rifle Camp. The camp will be held Aug. 4-8 2014 at the USAMU’s Pool International Range Complex located on Fort Benning, Ga.

The USAMU Junior Rifle Camp is an advanced rifle camp open to juniors aged 14-18. The camp will be limited to 25 shooters, and acceptance will be based on previous matches shot. This camp is primarily a smallbore camp. The juniors will receive coaching from the world-class Soldier/Athletes of the International Rifle Team, including Olympians, World and National champions.

The camp will consist of daily training, classes in the afternoon, and conclude with a match across the course with awards. Parents or sponsors are welcome to attend all classes. Activities are also being planned, such as bowling and a visit to the National Infantry Museum. Upon conclusion of the match, campers will receive a catered meal before the awards presentation.

Cost for the camp will be $50.00. The USAMU does not make any profit from this camp and the fees are simply collected to cover the expenses of the camp.

Since 1956, Soldiers from the USAMU have won 24 of the country’s Olympic medals, and 59 Soldiers from the International Rifle section have Olympic starts since its inception.

Anyone interested can download an application at www.usamu.com. Applications can be mailed in or faxed. That information can be found on the application.

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