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This question is very nonspecific. If you are asking "Who carries a M16 into combat?" I would have to say that is entirely up to the circumstances and parameters of a combat mission. As of 2010, the M16 is being phased out in the United States Army, and is being replaced by the M4 carbine, which is itself a shortened derivative of the M16A2. In the US Army, the M16 could be supplemented by the Individual Carbine, beginning in late 2014, if procurement of a new weapon is attained, and if funds allow. All other US services would stay with current M16 and M4 series weapons. Also, having a longer barrel than the M4 (and thus being more accurate out to longer ranges), soldiers are generally equipped with a M16 when mission settings demand it i.e. a wide and open Area of Operations (AO) (basically where any engagement may take place). A good example of this would be a desert or grassland, as opposed to urban settings or dense jungle/forest battle field. A Designated Marksmen (DM), whose role is to supply rapid accurate fire on enemy targets at ranges at up to 1,000 meters (1,090 yds.) with a rifle, may be equipped with a modified M16, but are usually, equipped with a Mark 12 Mod 0/1 Special Purpose Rifle (SPR) or SR-25. As a general rule, Designated Marksmen use specialized rifles for this role. Combat medics may be equipped with a M16, but such a situation is generally rare. Hope that answered you question!

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