To preface this, I don't mean to speak ill or offend the CATM members on here but this is something that truly bothers me from what I've seen at all the CATM shops I've been too.
It pains me in the Air Force to see other cops barely qualifying. I've been raised shooting all my life so it's alien to me the thought that some haven't touched a firearm until they joined the military.
With that said, it seems the Air Force has no marksmanship training what so ever (save for ADM, CPEC, CQB/Active shooter etc...). Even in tech school it was basically how to operate the weapon but no indepth marksmanship training. The last time I went to qualify during a break period I asked everyone else with us who knew the proper way to use a sling. The only answer I got was a cocky new Airman who snapped off with, "duh, it's for carrying this POS around". Absolutely no one in the class knew, neither did the CATM instructor. After I showed them how to use an issue USGI sling as a hasty sling with the (I used a Viking Tactical Long Range Sling with a buckle Bicep cuff
at the time, replaced for reasons I'll get into) half the group went from barely qualifying to earning Marksman just from something that simple.
After that I've been taking every new troop we get to the range and coaching them at my own cost. I've even got my NRA Range Safety Officer certification and have been trying to get additional NRA certifications to better train new troops. I originally joined Security Forces for the reason of working my way into CATM (more so for the Maintenance side than for the training side) but after seeing the level of training that's given to the students I don't think I could do it.
As for why I no longer have my VTAC on my M4, PACAF now has a list of manditory items to be mounted on all the M4's. We have flashlight (useful, can't disagree with that move), T handles (I hate them with a passion, they get it the way and inhibit proper prone position firing), PAQ-4's (they're not zeroed in nor do they ever get sighted in. Not to mention they mounted all of them on the top rail so my forward mounted Aimpoint I setup so I could mount my NVG's behind was moved back throwing my zero off immensely) and worse of all they issued single point slings that are now all that is authorized.
Anywho, time to end my rant and get off my soapbox. If any CATM instructors on here could explain to me why Air Force Marksmanship training, or lack there of, is the way it is right now I would greatly appreciate it greatly.