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May 30th, 2006   #1
Rob Henderson
 
 

Army Sniper Requirements info


Looking into different MOSes and Army Sniper seemed like a possible one...I need info./experience/tips.If anyone here could help me out, I would be very much abliged to yeh.What are the requirements? What are possible points of rejection?What would help me get the commanders reccommendation?
 
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May 30th, 2006   #2
PJ24
 
 
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Originally Posted by C/1Lt Henderson
Looking into different MOSes and Army Sniper seemed like a possible one...I need info./experience/tips.If anyone here could help me out, I would be very much abliged to yeh.What are the requirements? What are possible points of rejection?What would help me get the commanders reccommendation?
"Army Sniper" isn't an MOS. It is an ASI (Additional Skill Identifier). You're awarded the B4 (Benning school) ASI if you complete and pass the course.

You have to be an E-3 through E-7 and it is a requirement that you have the commanders recommendation. You also have to have a consistent 75% on your APFT and consistent experts in weapons quals, a psych eval and 100 GT score, vision correctable to 20/20 and your nose has to be sqeaky clean (ie, no getting into trouble).

It's a volunteer school, but not everyone that wants to go (and meets the qualifications) gets to go. You'll have to have some line time and have proven yourself a capable infantryman/marksman before they'll waste a slot at sniper school on you. You also need to remember that there are a thousand other young guys that have decided sniper school is cool so slots are hard to come by.

A lot of getting to go is just being at the right place at the right time, learning your job as an infantryman inside and out and being able to shoot that 40 on the range regularly.

Don't hang your hat on getting to go, choose an MOS that you'll enjoy even if you don't, the last thing you want to do is focus on schools because that's a sure way to get disappointed right out of the gate. Besides, when you don't expect it and aren't putting all of your eggs into one basket, it makes it all the more sweeter if/when it actually does happen.



Ut ceteri vivant.
 
May 30th, 2006   #3
bulldogg
 
 
My best friend in the whole world was a sniper and then a SF weapons sergeant. He said the psych eval is what bolo's most of the guys who want to be snipers. He got out to save his marriage and has been chomping at the bit ever since... I'm pushing for a reunion.


"The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental." - John Steinbeck
 
May 30th, 2006   #4
PJ24
 
 
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Originally Posted by bulldogg
My best friend in the whole world was a sniper and then a SF weapons sergeant. He said the psych eval is what bolo's most of the guys who want to be snipers. He got out to save his marriage and has been chomping at the bit ever since... I'm pushing for a reunion.
Yup, the psych gets a lot of guys. Whenever we have to take ours, I just cheat off of the other guy.
 
May 30th, 2006   #5
Rob Henderson
 
 
PJ, how are you so knowledgable? Seriously, you're in the AF, but you've answered Army,Navy, and Marine Corps questions on here too...Are you secretly Donald Rumsfeld? Or Colin Powell? Or another militarily "in the know" person? And..uh...nvm, i dont wanna know how you cheat off a psych test...hahahaha...On a serious note, are they expected to know the SWS inside and out before they get recommended?

Last edited by C/1Lt Henderson; May 30th, 2006 at 14:44..
 
May 30th, 2006   #6
PJ24
 
 
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Originally Posted by C/1Lt Henderson
PJ, how are you so knowledgable? Seriously, you're in the AF, but you've answered Army,Navy, and Marine Corps questions on here too...Are you secretly Donald Rumsfeld? Or Colin Powell? Or another militarily "in the know" person? And..uh...nvm, i dont wanna know how you cheat off a psych test...hahahaha...On a serious note, are they expected to know the SWS inside and out before they get recommended?
1) I was in the Army before I joined the AF. 2) I work in a joint enviroment, I work with teams from the Navy, Army and Marine Corps, so I have resources available if I don't know the answer to something and 3) I have attended many Army, Navy and Marine Corps schools.

And no, you aren't expected to. They'll teach you everything you need to know. If you are familiar with the system, yes, it will help you, but it won't hurt you if you don't. The less bad habits you have with shooting/weapons, the better. So "clean slates" aren't always a bad thing.

Just to add, a lot of units will have fam courses (little work ups) before they send you to the course to make sure you're up to par. If you get a slot, your unit is going to do everything to help you prepare so that you don't fail and a) waste their slot and b) make them look bad.

Last edited by PJ24; May 30th, 2006 at 15:18..
 
May 30th, 2006   #7
Rob Henderson
 
 
1)oh.2)oh.3)oh.

OK, sounds good, so I can just empty my mind. haha, thats always a good thing. Another question, what kind of things are on the psychological exam?
 
May 30th, 2006   #8
bulldogg
 
 
Dude, you can't study for a psych test. Its an evaluation to make sure you aren't a nut job.
 
May 31st, 2006   #9
RnderSafe
 
 
Posts have been removed.

Some of you need to become reacquainted with the sticky posted at the top of this forum.

Since it seems some of you are also having trouble comprehending what it says....2 day temporary bans will be handed out from this point on... perhaps that will help you.
 
May 31st, 2006   #10
Rob Henderson
 
 
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Originally Posted by bulldogg
Dude, you can't study for a psych test. Its an evaluation to make sure you aren't a nut job.
I know, I just wanted to know if they like, made you assemble a rifle while firing a weapon...To put stress on you...thats psychologic...
 



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