USMC Snipers,the best in the world.
These are the basics, Units vary with Indocs and Pre-Reqs.
Minimum Requirements: As per HQMC School Quota Message:
Criteria: 60 days prior to a class convening, the G-3 at each division will receive a message from HQMC stating the number of funded quotas given to each division, the gear list, report date, and criteria for attending. THE FOLLOWING PREREQUISITES MUST BE MET BY THE REPORTING MARINE OR HE WILL BE RETURNED TO HIS UNIT:
1. Lance Corporal through Captain.
2.Infantry MOS or MOS 0203.
3.Vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes. Color blindness is discouraged.
4.Serving in or designated for assignment to a Scout Sniper billet.
5.Minimum of 12 months remaining on current contract upon completion of course
(Does not apply to reservist)
6.Must score a First Class PFT on course convene date.
7.Current rifle Expert. Must have qualified in the last fiscal year. 
(Reservist can have a score three years old, but must be current Expert)
8.No courts martials or NJP within the last six months.
9.Minimum GT of 100.
10.No history of mental illness.
11.Must be a volunteer.
12.It is HIGHLY recommended, but not required, for the student to have completed the following MCI courses: Land Navigation, Patrolling, Calling and Adjusting Supporting Arms, and Reconnaissance Marine. It is also recommended but not required that the student have conducted basic Scout Sniper field skills: stalks, concealment, field sketches, range cards, range estimations, and firing of the M-40A1 prior to attending the course. Students should also posses a high degree of maturity, equanimity, and common sense.
13.Bottom line: the best, most experienced infantry you can send.
 
Marine Corps PFT: For a perfect score: 3 mile run in 18 minutes, 20 deadhang pull-ups(No Swinging), 100 sit-up/crunchs under two minutes. 
Swim Qual: 500 meter swim using side or breast stroke, 50 meter swim holding a weight out of water, tread water for 30 seconds holding a weight out of water, no signs of panic.
 
Two of the better ways of becoming a Scout/Sniper are through a Recon unit or an Infantry Battalion. First join the Marine Corps with an Infantry MOS. While in Boot Camp you will need to shoot Expert on the rifle range, become at least a second class swimmer and score a high first class PFT. Upon completion of Infantry training you will be given the opportunity to volunteer for Recon or Force Recon. If you successfully complete their indoc you will be sent to a Recon unit where you will first qualify as a Recon Marine then given the opportunity to volunteer for Scout/Sniper School. BN Recon and Force Recon have school seats assigned to them for every S/S School. 
The other way is to be sent to an Infantry Battalion and then volunteer for the Scout/Sniper Platoon. The S/S Plt runs indocs annually and pulls in personnel from the BN.
Each Sniper unit runs its own version of the indoc but they are all extremely difficult. Once in the unit you will go through all the training to become a sniper before ever going to S/S School. Once at the school you will be expected to have all the basic knowledge of a Scout/Sniper and the advanced knowledge of an infantry Marine. You will show up with everything that you will need to make it through the school including your ghillie suit.

There are no second chances at the school and drops are a daily occurrence.
Marine Snipers are generally regarded as the best snipers in the world.
There is a reason for that!



Scout Sniper/Recon/MARSOC Information 
This information is for those individuals (Poolee, Marine Friends, Recon wannabes) looking for information on the United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper. This information is free to you to assimilate and use on your goal of becoming one of the Marine Corps best. 

Scout Sniper (MOS 0317, formerly 8541) is a specialist in the United States Marine Corps whose mission is to deny the enemy freedom of movement by neutralizing enemy leaders, crew-served weapons operators, radiomen, observers, messengers, and other key personnel with single, well-aimed shots. In addition, scout snipers also provide close reconnaissance and surveillance to the infantry battalion. Scout Snipers attached to Marine infantry battalions fall under the Surveillance and Target Acquisition units, usually a reduced platoon with the headquarters company. Scout/Sniper also refers to a member of a U.S. Army Reconnaissance platoon's sniper section; though unlike the Marine position, this is not a designated MOS but rather a position denoted on the individual unit's MTOE. Scout/Snipers are typically found in the Recon platoon of the infantry Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), or interspersed into Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Target Acquisition (RSTA) squadrons and troops. 
Surveillance and Target Acquisition or S.T.A snipers were United States Marine Corps units used primarily for information-gathering. Taking out hard targets and enemy personnel was not their main priority, although it was a secondary option.Typically, each STA team had two members, the team leader equipped with a long-range, specially-made sniper rifle such as the M40 and a high-power spotting scope. The other team member would be equipped with an SASR (Special Application Scoped Rifle), usually in the .50 caliber class such as the M82A1, to give commanders the option of taking out heavy equipment or heavily armored targets. This type of team could be effective at a range of up to 1.25 miles if the environment was right. They would be part of a Scout Sniper Platoon (SSP) that would have 8-10 of these teams, some of which would be specially suited for night operations and fully capable of operating in complete darkness through use of specially made night vision scopes and infrared laser equipment.

The United States Marine Corps has officially phased out the name "Surveillance and Target Acquisition," and now uses the more generic phrase "Scout Sniper Platoon."

Anthony Swofford's experiences as an STA sniper are recounted in his book, Jarhead, and the 2005 film of the same name. Swafford was a Marine that is not to be looked upon with admiration. He had a bad attitude, some much disregard for his fellow Marine and simply could not make the Marine Corps a career. The movie is just that, a Hollywood production with very little resemblance to real world applications

THE FOLLOWING PREREQUISITES MUST BE MET BY THE REPORTING MARINE OR HE WILL BE RETURNED TO HIS UNIT:

1. Lance Corporal through Captain.
2. Infantry MOS or MOS 0203. 
3. Vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes. Color blindness is discouraged. 
4. Serving in or designated for assignment to a Scout Sniper billet.
5. Minimum of 12 months remaining on current contract upon completion of course (Does not apply to reservist) 
6. Must score a First Class PFT on course convene date.
7. Current rifle Expert. Must have qualified in the last fiscal year. [/font]
(Reservist can have a score three years old, but must be current Expert) 
8. No courts martials or NJP within the last six months. 
9. Minimum GT of 100. 
10. No history of mental illness. 
11. Must be a volunteer.
12. It is HIGHLY recommended, but not required, for the student to have completed the following MCI courses: Land Navigation, Patrolling, Calling and Adjusting Supporting Arms, and Reconnaissance Marine. It is also recommended but not required that the student have conducted basic Scout Sniper field skills: stalks, consealment, field sketches, range cards, range estimations, and firing of the M-40A1 prior to attending the course. Students should also posses a high degree of maturity, equanimity, and common sense.
13. Bottom line: the best, most experienced infantry you can send.

Marine Corps PFT: For a perfect score: 3 mile run in 18 minutes, 20 deadhang pull-ups(No Swinging), 100 sit-up/crunchs under two minutes. Swim Qual: 500 meter swim using side or breast stroke, 50 meter swim holding a weight out of water, tread water for 30 seconds holding a weight out of water, no signs of panic. 

Two of the better ways of becoming a Scout/Sniper are through a Recon unit or an Infantry Battalion. First join the Marine Corps with an Infantry MOS. While in Boot Camp you will need to shoot Expert on the rifle range, become at least a second class swimmer and score a high first class PFT. Upon completion of Infantry training you will be given the opportunity to volunteer for Recon or Force Recon. If you successfully complete their indoc you will be sent to a Recon unit where you will first qualify as a Recon Marine then given the opportunity to volunteer for Scout/Sniper School. BN Recon and Force Recon have school seats assigned to them for every S/S School. 

The following are 2 excellent web links that have a wealth of information of what you have to do now to get a chance at becoming a Scout Sniper;

ARTICLE I I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. ARTICLE II I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist. ARTICLE III If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy. ARTICLE IV If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give
no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am
senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey lawful orders of those appointed over me
and will back them in every way. ARTICLE V When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank,
service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost
of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country or its
allies or harmful to their cause. ARTICLE VI I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America. 

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