Becoming a Distinguished Shooter is an honor. Distinguished Badges are the highest individual awards authorized by the U. S. Government for excellence in marksmanship competition. They are awarded by the CMP in accordance
with 36 USC §40722  and by the respective services in accordance with service regulations. The CMP and the military commands responsible for the awarding of Distinguished Badges coordinate
badge regulations and the establishment of a master file of Distinguished Badge winners.
The WVJMP is privileged to have 3 Distinguished Shooters. Richard Whiting quest for the Distinguished Rifleman’s Badge began in 1973 at Camp Perry during the Nationals, and ended in 1976 at Camp Perry again during the Nationals. Robert McClain earned his first points in 2013 at Camp Perry during the Small Arms Firing School and ended in 2015 at the Camp Perry Nationals. Marsha Beasley coached 16 seasons with the highly successful West Virginia University Rifle Team, winners of the NCAA Rifle Championship eight times during her tenure. She became Distinguished in 1983.
Sam Sheppard began 2013 Drew Woodford began 2013 Josh Roberts began 2015
Nathaniel Flohr began 2016 Rylee Hitt began 2016