Department of Florida

From the Chairman

Junior Shooting Sports Program promotes rifle safety, education and marksmanship thru the use of a .177 caliber air rifle, 4.5 mm pellets at a 10 meter distance beginning with a postal competition.  It is a National Program of the American Legion in accordance with Resolution No. 30 entitled, “American Legion Shooting Sports Program”.  Both males and females can participate through Legion Post Sponsorship upon submitting a onetime “Affiliation Form”.  It can be either team or individual competition.  It is a three-part program that combines the Basic Marksmanship Introduction, Qualification Awards  and Air Rifle Competition in a well-rounded activity.  The Annual 3-Position Junior Air Rifle National Championship is a tournament that begins with postal matches.  Qualification Awards are narrowed down to 15 Sporter and 15 Precision Winners who then compete in a Shoulder to Shoulder Match in Colorado Springs at the USA Shooting Range Facility at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado in August. The top winner in each category is awarded a $5,000 Scholarship Award and receives an all-expense paid trip along with their chaperones  to the National Convention. 

Targets are available starting November 1st and must be purchased no later than January 15, 2017. ALL returned fired postal Target Sets must be received by the CMP and/or postmarked no later than February 1, 2017. Order your targets today!  

Thank you to all the posts for what you do for our youth and our Legion programs.

Loretta Young
Dept. of Florida
ROTC/JROTC/Shooting Sports Chair