COAST ARTILLERY JOURNAL
"H. G. M."
We know 1/0Uknow about these target practice reports. Wehave sweated with you ove'1'them. We have watched the plotter develop writer'scramp, the lieutenants develop St. Vitus dance, the battery cle.rkgo'over the hill,and the women and children leave the 110St
'1'etireto places of refuge. But did you ever know what they 11'untedwith all thi~? Listen ...
obtainhits per gun per minute an artillerJ.manmust knowgunneryand, in addition, be ableto apply this knowledgeduring target prac.tieeif he is to sueceedduring war in destroyingan enemy.. After havingheld downthe Gunnery desk in the Office,Chief of Coast Artillery, forseyeral J.earsit has been my observationthat artillerymen of all gradesare very prone to draw general eondusionsbased-ontoo fewobservations-ofthe particular eYentin question. Often an offieerupon eompletionof atarget practice will, based on results obtained during that one practice,makespecificalld radical reeommendationsas to changesin existing gun-nery and target practice regulations without realizing that these instruc-tions are basedonlessonslearned, not from onepractice but from many.In diseussinghits per gun per minute it is believedthat there are at thepresent time features connectedwith this genera]subject that may be of someinterest to the Corps.The GunnerJ
Sectionin the Office,Chief of CoastArtillery, consistingof one officer,one master gunner and one clerk, is primarily concernedwith reviewingand studJ'ing all target practice reports, including battlepractices and joint Army and Xav:; exercises,in order that .an estimatecanbe had at all times as to whether the objectiveof the Corps-hits pergun per minute-is being approached. The reports, upon receipt, arecheckedfor correctnessand statistical information is extracted therefromfor use: in impro,ing the gunnery andtarget practicetraining regulations;in awarding the KnoxTrophy; in publishingthe annual commentsontar-get practice; in giving a basis for classificationof all firing batteries; inbringing to the attention of the various cooperatingarms and servicesanydeficiencies,either as to their personnel or mate-riel. Immediately uponreceipt of target practice reports ammunition expenditures are cheekedand chargedagainsttheallowances;scoresareverifiedanderrors corrected.
is very rare that an~' target practice reports for Regular Army