As a soldier in the National Guard, the M16 assault rifle will be one of the most important pieces of equipment in your occupation. Whether you become an infantryman, mechanic, pilot, or any other specialization, you will become familiar with the M16 in basic training and remain familiar with it throughout your career.
The M16 is a 5.56x45mm caliber gas-operated rifle that first saw service with the US military in the 1960’s. The early models were riddled with flaws such as jamming and unreliability in rugged conditions. However, those errors were hastily fixed, and, half a century later, the M16 is still the primary battle rifle used by US servicemembers, including the National Guard.
Today, most National Guard soldiers use the M16A2, which is an upgraded version of the original rifle. Each soldier is able to customize his rifle with accessories such as optics, lasers, and grenade launchers.
When you attend basic combat training after entering the National Guard, you will be introduced to the M16 during basic marksmanship training. You will learn everything about cleaning, disassembling and reassembling, and shooting this weapon. You will become an expert with this historic rifle.