Training and Use of Rubber M16s and Real M4s

ATCC-FFM-SSM                                                                                           24 February 2016



MEMORANDUM FOR Cadre and Cadets, THE University of Southern Mississippi


SUBJECT:  Policy Memorandum #6, Training Safety Use of Rubber M16s and Real M4s



1.  Reference:  Cadet Command Regulation 385-1, Training Safety.


2.  Purpose.  Provide command policy for use of the Rubber M16 and Real M4s during on and off campus training events.


3.  Policy:  Security and training with the Rubber M16/Real M4 is a command responsibility.  It is imperative that the use of the Rubber M16/Real M16 not be misconstrued by the public and cause negative publicity to the ROTC program on campus.  Ensure you incorporate the checklist below into all on or off campus training events that require use of the Rubber M16/Real M4.


a.  Coordinate with campus police and local civilian police.  The following information will be

given to campus police.  The date and time of training, location of training, type of weapon used, and what type of training is being conducted.


b.  Cadre must have direct supervision of cadets when using Rubber M16s/Real M4.  If stopped

or questioned about the use of Rubber M16/Real M4 Cadre should be the individual to talk with law enforcement.


c.  No physical gestures will be made with the Rubber M16/Real M4 that may be misinterpreted

by someone not associated with the training event.


            d.  All Rubber M16s/Real M4 will be kept under lock and key when not in use.


            e.  All Rubber M16s/Real M4 should be transported in a military or USM ROTC



            f.  Report any missing Rubber M16s/Real M4 to the next higher level chain of    



5.  The POC is the Battalion S3 (601) 266-4456.





                                                                             JOSEPH L. SWINDLE

                                                                             LTC, Aviation

                                                                             Professor of Military Science