Army snipers at USMC Scout Sniper Course

| May 15, 2018 | 53 Comments

Sergeant Clinton Scanlon and Sergeant Bryce Fox were offered an opportunity to attend the Marine Corps’ Scout Sniper Course, according to DVIDS, and the Army-trained snipers made an expected good showing, you know, given their level of expertise in the field;

Although the Soldiers had to adapt to the way Marine snipers operated, it didn’t stop them from being the best in the class.

“I scored the highest point average on the ten graded stalks we do,” said Fox. “Stalking is when you put grass, leaves and any natural vegetation around you on your body and then you sneak up [on a target] using individual movement techniques. You take a shot without being seen and then you shoot again. The [instructors] do a walking sequence to try and lock on you. If you don’t get found, you pass.”

Scanlon graduated the class as “high shooter” for scoring the best overall score on the rifle ranges.

“We did go through U.S. Army Sniper School so I think we definitely had a leg up on some of the fresh Marines right out of the fleet,” said Scanlon. “It was clear that everyone here knew what they were doing and the instructors were able to get the guys here shooting very well.”

Both soldiers enjoyed working alongside Marines and look forward to future opportunities to train together.

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  1. Former EM1/SS says:

    Why should you take the trouble of doing the course when you can just sew a patch on your vest, make a facebook post, get a tattoo and be a hero?

    – Every Poser ever –

  2. Skippy says:

    HOOOOOAH !!!!!!!!!

    Army all the way !!!!!!!

    • Yef says:

      You do realize that pitting a trained sniper against an sniper candidate is like pitting a new recruit against a drill sergeant, right?

      • rgr1480 says:

        So, it’s sort of like having an Israeli commando officer (Entebbe Raid enlisted gunner) being honor graduate at RANGER School — he should not have been eligible for the honor because he had years of actual experience?

        Naaahhhhhhh.

      • Skippy says:

        I have to have fun with it

      • SFC D says:

        You do realize that in every school, every where, every subject, there will be people who are more advanced than others on day 1? Just think of how you’re gonna kick ass and take initials (ain’t got time for full names) at buffer school.

          • Skippy says:

            Oh the buffer
            I’ve had many a bad dreams about that thing

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            NOW I’m a-gonna go polish my Expert Floor Buffer Operator badge on my “I Love Me Wall”! OOH, the glassy shine we got from putting a fuzzy toilet seat cover over the brush…

          • Buckeye Jim says:

            Reminds me of yet another Sea Story.
            After a mid watch, an officer was stumbling back to his rack in the dark and he stubbed his toe on a buffer that some steward had left in the passageway. The guy exploded and found out that the Mess Steward (the officer in charge of the stewards) was on watch, he took the buffer, and with Herculean strength managed to put it in the hapless officer’s rack (second tier). Of course the buffer could not be removed by open person and none of us would help the poor guy out, we let him sleep with it for about a week. From then on his nickname was “the boofer” which is how the culprit pronounced it in his rage.

          • Buckeye Jim says:

            Reminds me of yet another Sea Story.
            After a mid watch, an officer was stumbling back to his rack in the dark and he stubbed his toe on a buffer that some steward had left in the passageway. The guy exploded and found out that the Mess Steward (the officer in charge of the stewards) was on watch, he took the buffer, and with Herculean strength managed to put it in the hapless officer’s rack (second tier). Of course the buffer could not be removed by one person and none of us would help the poor guy out, we let him sleep with it for about a week. From then on his nickname was “the boofer” which is how the culprit pronounced it in his rage.

          • PFM says:

            Ah, the memories of everyone’s first time using it, when you tried to manhandle it and lost badly. With time and practice came the Way of the Buffer, where the most advanced controlled it with but a single finger…

          • Martinjmpr says:

            Ah yes, drunken buffer rides in the barracks.

            Those wide hallways and smooth floors in our Franco-Prussian War era billets were perfect for post Fruehlingsfest (Spring Festival) buffer races.

            Uh, not that I’d know anything about that….Don’t try this at home, kiddos. 😉

  3. 26Limabeans says:

    Always nice to see Marines learn.

  4. 19D3OR4-Smitty says:

    There is a reason the US Army consistently wins the International Sniper Competition every year…

    • Patrick408 says:

      Yea, its called simple math. I think the pool is a little larger in the USA to choose from verses the Marines.
      Just like smokers matches on Navy ships, but we do pretty good for a small pool 😉

  5. Club Manager, USA ret. says:

    The Flag of the United States is incorrectly displayed in the photo. You would think someone would get that part right. The flag is ALWAYS on the viewer’s left facing it, unless draped over a casket then the blue field is on the top right.

  6. Yef says:

    Well, if their unit is willing to pay TDY for that, the more power to them.
    I personally would put more value on training with an actual Marine sniper section than going through the Marine scout-sniper course. I doubt they learned anything new. Both schools use the same doctrine.
    Well, the Marines do mix Sniper and Scout into one course, so if they didn’t have RSLC (US Army Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course) they might have learnt something. But on the other hand, snippers are always attached to the Battalion recon platoon, and they cross train enough to know quite a bit about recon.
    Ok, is a cool training opportunity, but it ain’t that big of a deal for a trained sniper.

  7. AW1Ed says:

    “We did go through U.S. Army Sniper School so I think we definitely had a leg up on some of the fresh Marines right out of the fleet,” said Scanlon.

    Thank you Sergeant Obvious!

  8. MAC(SW) (RET) says:

    Some CSM somewhere is having an AR670-1 induced fit right now…..Roll those sleeves down soldier, only allowed 1-2 rolls during training!! Hahaha!

  9. m0311 says:

    The Marines must have been having a bad day.

  10. Devtun says:

    Well done big green machine.

  11. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    We’re always at our best working together… For all the times we bust ass teasing each other, the reality is we are all family.

  12. Sorensen25 says:

    FYI Marines usually take it as a complement when guys fresh out of entry level training are compared to other branches’ SOF, snipers, etc. 😉

  13. M48DAT says:

    My old bunk mate was an Army sniper. We’re in our 60’s now and he still scares the bejeusus out of me.

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