The U.S. Navy Marksmanship Team (USNMT) represents the Department of the Navy in inter-service and national competitions. Our mission is to identify, support and develop qualified Navy competitors to represent the Navy at competitions while training Sailors in marksmanship and small arms safety.
Navy competitive marksmanship began in 1907 when the first Navy rifle team won the “dogs of war” team trophy at the national matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. For the next 50 years, Sailors represented the Navy at all levels of competition including the Olympics. Seeing the value of using competitors as instructors, in 1957, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Arleigh Burke, an ardent supporter of small arms proficiency, took steps to get the Navy’s marksmanship training program on course by issuing a directive establishing marksmanship instructor billets throughout the Navy. To find marksmanship experts, records were searched to locate the top rifle and pistol marksman on active duty in the Navy. The Chief of Naval Personnel selected 32 highly qualified sailors as the core of the Navy's marksmanship team. The Small Arms Training Unit (SATU) was also established at Naval Training Center San Diego and served as the nucleus of skilled marksmen to compete, instruct, coach, and function as match officials at Navy-wide and national matches.