Armed forces across the country are using a civilian markmanship program to help combat what they see as a growing epidemic of civilian marksmanship.
The program was launched in 2013 by the Defence Department and is being used in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
It is aimed at soldiers, sailors and airmen in the Canadian Armed Forces and the military in the United States.
The military says it is also offering the program to civilians.
“The purpose of this program is to provide civilians a means to engage in marksmanship, and to provide critical care for the wounded, injured or injured veterans who require the most intensive care and support,” said Defence Department spokesperson Jennifer Keesmaat.
“Our civilian marksmen will provide an opportunity for Canadians to engage with their military service members, providing them with the opportunity to hone their marksmanship skills and to receive the support of a military doctor or nurse.”
The program started in 2013 and has expanded since then.
The civilian mark, or mark, program was created to help improve marksmanship among the Canadian armed forces and was expanded in 2018.
The purpose of the civilian marksman program is for civilians to improve their marksman skills, and for the Canadian military to provide care for wounded, sick or injured soldiers, said Keesa.
“The civilian marks is also a way to give those that have been wounded, or injured, or who are suffering from a physical injury, an opportunity to improve marksman techniques in order to provide that type of care to their loved ones,” she said.
“We have been trying to build that relationship for years, and we are trying to be part of that.”
It is not clear how many marksmanship courses are offered in the military.
The Defense Department has not said how many are open to civilian marks instructors, but the department says there are approximately 1,000 students enrolled.
The Canadian Military Institute says it has about 1,300 people in the program.