While the changes are not as dramatic as those from last year's symposium, they mark a continuation of the Corps' drive toward greater efficiency and lethality under the "every Marine a rifleman" mentality.
Here's a look at the most-notable changes.
Weapons and gear
"It's sad to see the iron sights go," he said. "The Marine Corps takes marksmanship seriously. If you need [the micro iron sights], you need them; just flip them up and you're good to go."
The two-point sling allows greater flexibility to shooters, doubling as a firing aid and carrying strap, said Lamb, who supplies them to Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command via his company.
"It's something the services have needed to do across the board for years," he said. "The three-point sling doesn't have any ability against the body, to tighten while wearing or shooting prone."
- M7 Rifle Combat Optic with horseshoe dot reticle pattern for the M16A4 and M4 rifles
- Special Operations Peculiar Modification, or SOPMOD, buttstock assembly for the M16A4, M4, M4A1 and M27 rifles
- M9A1 pistol holsters with light for left- and right-handed shooters
On the range
According to MARADMIN 112/16, Marine Corps Combat Development and Integration directed Training Command to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of converting known distance ranges to the global measuring standard.
For generations of Marines accustomed to shooting in yards, this could mean changing how they gauge distance on the firting range.
Combat rifle and pistol marksmanship program
A primary marksmanship instructor with Weapons and Field Training Battalion teaches marksmanship fundamentals to recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
Photo Credit: Pfc. Carlin Warren/Marine Corps
Table seven would set the standard for engaging moving threats, both during live-fire training and in simulations.
Details have yet to be announced but if adopted, it would follow sweeping changes made to Marines' rifle marksmanship training tables over the last year.
Matthew L. Schehl covers training and education, recruiting, West Coast Marines, MARSOC, and operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Marine Corps Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.