Welcome to the United States Army Sniper Course
When you volunteer to undergo Sniper training, you accept one of the most demanding challenges the Army has to offer. Snipers have a proud heritage, which can be traced back to the Revolutionary War. Upon completion of your training, you will be a member of that heritage. It takes a special type of Soldier to meet the challenge and continue this proud tradition. The highest standard has already been set; it is now up to you to meet the challenge. The Purpose of Sniper Training is to train individuals to perform Sniper missions in a combat environment to include: precision fires on enemy personnel and equipment, intelligence gathering, counter-sniper operations, infiltration and overwatch of NAIs, occupation of and operations in support by fire positions, ballistic interdiction of IEDs, and disruption of enemy operations.
The Basic Sniper Course trains selected individuals assigned to sniper positions in the skills necessary to deliver long range precision fire and the collection of battlefield information. Soldiers will receive training in fieldcraft skills; advanced camouflage techniques, concealed movement, target detection, range estimation, and terrain utilization (Macro and Micro), intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB), relevant reporting procedures, sniper tactics, advanced marksmanship; known and unknown distance firing, at stationary and moving targets during daylight and limited visibility in varying weather conditions, and staff subjects (intelligence, mission, training, combat orders, command and control, and training management) to ensure mission accomplishment without compromise in accordance with the supported unit Commanders intent in all operational venues.
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