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In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, U.S. Army drill sergeants stand over recruits during a live-fire marksmanship training course at Fort Jackson, S.C. While some of the Army's newest recruits may have grown up using rifles to hunt or take target practice, the drill sergeants charged with turning 45,000 civilians into warriors every year say more than half may have never touched a gun. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) ** FILE **

Fewer orders, more coaching: Army rookies learn to fire guns

- Associated Press

As gun ownership drops among young Americans and the Army trains a generation more accustomed to blasting out emojis on cellphones than taking aim at targets, drill sergeants are confronting a new challenge: More than half of raw recruits have never held, let alone fired, a weapon.