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The Employment and Relevance of the Sniper

From the earliest days of the rifled musket, the sharpshooter has been one of the most feared, and most mystifying, assets on the field of battle. Few battlefield elements have so captured the imagination as the sniper. The heritage of the sniper is one of legendary feats, master marksmanship, and impossible odds, proving even today that the sniper team is an invaluable asset capable of a multitude of tasks and mission types. It is this versatility that makes the modern sniper team the value-added force multiplier that it is.

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The Retention of Army Snipers

U.S. Army snipers have faced challenges throughout the last 35 years since the establishment of the U.S. Army Sniper Course (USASC). Career longevity and experience are difficult for units to manage when Soldiers rotate through positions to complete career development on time and change duty stations. Sections and battalions may struggle to maintain institutional knowledge and momentum when required to routinely rebuild formations after movement cycles.

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The Russian Breakthrough Tactical Group

As the experience of military conflicts of recent decades shows, the Russian military believes that subunits are most effective when they deploy in a combined arms tactical group. These combined arms groups usually form within a ground forces’ motorized rifle battalion or company, or similar subunits of other branches of the armed forces (airborne troops, naval infantry), combat arms, and spetsnaz. The training and coordination of these tactical groups, and their integration with branches of arms and combined arms formations, are the main efforts of combat training in the Southern Military District (SMD), according to Rafail Nasybulin, the chief of SMD’s Combat Training Directorate.

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Trust: A New Formulation of a Fundamental Principle

Ask any leader in the U.S. Army to list attributes that encompass either a successful organization or a successful individual and trust will be high on the list. Trust is an attribute that most Army leaders believe is important. When thinking about trust, I was reminded of what Dr. Don Snider, long-time Army officer and professor, once said to his students: “Trust is the currency of an Army officer.”

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Infantry in Action

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A grenadier with the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment participates in platoon live-fire training on 3 April 2019 at Pohakuloa Training Area, HI. (Photo by SPC Geoff Cooper)

Infantry in Action

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Paratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fire an M224 60mm lightweight mortar system during Exercise Rock Shock Two at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, on 14 August 2019. (Photo by SGT Henry Villarama)

Infantry in Action

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Paratroopers assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment participate in a squad live-fire exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, VA, on 14 March 2018. (Photo by SPC John Lytle)

Infantry in Action

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Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, descend onto Juliet Drop Zone during airborne operations in Pordenone, Italy, on 1 October 2020. (Photo by Paolo Bovo)

Infantry in Action

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Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division rehearse firing a Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle during an exercise at the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, on 24 June 2019. (Photo by SPC Justin W. Stafford)

Infantry in Action

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A platoon leader with 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment echoes a pro-word to his Soldiers during a combined arms live-fire exercise at Schofield Barracks, HI, on 3 August 2018. (Photo by 1LT Ryan DeBooy)