DA Form 3595 Record Fire Scorecard
What Is a DA Form 3595?
DA Form 3595, Record Fire Scorecard is a form used for keeping a record of a soldier’s shooting skills. This document is used to ensure that all members of the Armed Forces are properly trained in firing guns.
The latest version of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DD Form 3595 or the DA Form 3595-R - was released by the Department of the Army in December 2016 with all previous editions obsolete. An up-to-date DA Form 3595 fillable version is available for download and digital filing below or can be found through the Army Publications Directorate website.
The weapons card DA Form 3595 allows the tester to record scores with different firing positions and ranges. It also allows documenting the soldier’s performance at different scenarios. The final score is tallied to assign a rank to the firer being examined.
The two related forms are the DA Form 5789, Record Firing Scorecard - Known Distance Course, and DA Form 5790, Record Firing Scorecard - Scaled Target Alternate Course.
DA Form 3595 Instructions
The Record Fire Scorecard is regulated by the Army-issued publication TC 3-22.9, Rifle and Carbine, released in August 2017. The main purpose of record fire is to confirm the effectiveness of a training program and the individual proficiency of a specific soldier.
Though the rating of the soldier is based on the number of targeted hits, practice record fire is considered an important training exercise in and of itself.
When participating in the exercise, the soldier, in addition to standard PPE must wear a helmet and IBA with all SAPI plates. They will receive 40 rounds and 40 single or multiple targets at distances from 50 to 300 meters.
The DA 3595 is easy to complete, as it is self-explanatory in most cases. The course is divided into three exercises, the scores for which are recorded in the corresponding tables:
- Table I records the results of prone supported firing position or foxhole supported firing position exercises. The choice of the position is at the unit commander’s discretion. The soldier receives one 20-round magazine and should engage 20 targets at various ranges. The scorer ticks the corresponding box in the table - either ‘Hit’, ‘Miss’, or ‘No Fire’.
- Table II is intended for the results obtained in a prone unsupported firing position. For this exercise, the soldier gets a 10-round magazine and has to hit 10 targets at different ranges.
- Table III is for recording the results of exercises from a kneeling unsupported firing position. The firer receives 10 rounds to hit 10 ranges. The results are marked in the corresponding boxes.
The process of evaluating the soldier’s performance is as follows:
- If a soldier saves rounds from difficult targets to use them on easier targets, credits for hits are not given.
- The soldier should fire two rounds for the double target. If they miss the first shot, it is allowed to try to hit the same target with the second round. However, the ammunition from the 20-roundtable should not be used in the next exercise.
- No scoring distinctions are made between near and distant targets or the order in which the firer engages them, but it is assumed that they should try to hit the target that poses the greatest threat (the closer one) first.
- If the soldier fails the first attempt, they are given remedial training after which refire is allowed. The military who refires the course remains unqualified with a score of 22 or less.
- In case of a weapon malfunction, the soldier is allowed to refire and their performance is added to the score of the first attempt.
Who Signs the DA Form 3595?
After the end of the course, both the soldier and the scorer should sign the form in the corresponding boxes at the bottom of the DA 3595.