British Sniper

#1
Hi there folks

Im not sure if this is the right place to post this but I’ll soon find out
I turn 20 in a month and I’ve made the decision to join up to the service. I’ve been hopping from job to job since I was 16 and always felt out of place, like I didn’t really fit into that job or didn’t belong in this job, so I’ve no sense of purpose. Ive been wanting to do it ever since I can remember and being a marksman has been a goal of mine since I was a kid. I’m not a stupid kid who doesn’t know the details of what being a sniper truly is, it’s extremly dangerous and it’s more than just pulling a trigger from a gun from far away. It’s a gruelling process and you need to be able to blend in with your surrounds and understand the terrain of the land your in like the back of your hand.

My question is what’s the best way to go about becoming a marksman and has anyone else felt the way I feel the now before joining up?

Many thanks lads.
 

chrisg46

LE
Book Reviewer
#2
Join the army first, see how you get on and then decide.

I'm not being flippant by the way.
 
#3
As above, sniper is usually a specialist role within the Infantry, you may find out that you cant shoot at the required level or have the eyesight for it, and would rather do something else (within the Army), or not, you should still apply and go for your goal.
 
#4
Others will decide if your capable for sniper training, that training alone will show if you are a Sniper.
Snipers are not made their born to it,no ammount of pre training before you 1 Enlist 2 Complete basic trining 3 Join a Infantry Regiment will help. Those first three are the only ones you should consider,work towards.
I wish you good luck in whatever you do,if you are the right sort the Army will find a role for you in whatever role is your destiny

Good luck
 
#5
As both above. Snipers are usually selected from the best quality (and reasonably experienced) infantrymen in a battallion - You will need to prove your mettle in a rifle company before even being considered for what is considered to be a challenging role.

There is far more to being a sniper than either the ability to hide, or the ability to shoot well. Those are both attributes that a good infantry soldier would display and possess - A prospective sniper would need to demonstrate these to a higher level than his contemporaries to be considers for the role. You need to be good at the basics before being a specialist.

The ability to think on your feet, make decisions quickly without consulting higher authority, self discipline, a good head for figures (under pressure), an exceptional ability to observe, recall and report, a high level of fitness, and an ability to cope with long periods of boredom and inactivity combined with the ability to switch on and react quickly to changing circumstances are just a few of the attributes needed. (As a sniper you will spend far more time observing things than shooting them!)

All of these will be learnt and tested in a rifle company before the chance to select and train as a sniper will present itself.

As previous posters have said, join the Army as an Infantry soldier and learn to be good at that, then find your niche - If your heart is set on specialist roles in the Infantry rather than "just" being a bloody good infanteer (and there is no shame in that), there are plenty of interesting specialist roles in battalion that are fun and you may find one of those more attractive or suits you better than being a sniper.
 
#7
Whilst you are applying to join the Army join your local full bore rifle club and learn to shoot and learn ballistics , it needn't cost much as most clubs have at least one rifle you can borrow , this wont make you a sniper but it will teach you to shoot and give you a head start and make you stand out during basic for the right reasons.
 
#8
Hi there folks

Im not sure if this is the right place to post this but I’ll soon find out
I turn 20 in a month and I’ve made the decision to join up to the service. I’ve been hopping from job to job since I was 16 and always felt out of place, like I didn’t really fit into that job or didn’t belong in this job, so I’ve no sense of purpose. Ive been wanting to do it ever since I can remember and being a marksman has been a goal of mine since I was a kid. I’m not a stupid kid who doesn’t know the details of what being a sniper truly is, it’s extremly dangerous and it’s more than just pulling a trigger from a gun from far away. It’s a gruelling process and you need to be able to blend in with your surrounds and understand the terrain of the land your in like the back of your hand.

My question is what’s the best way to go about becoming a marksman and has anyone else felt the way I feel the now before joining up?

Many thanks lads.

You've had some v good & sensible advice from the posters so far. All I would say, Is do what they say, join up, get your basic training done and in a while when you've got some time in, come back on here and update us.
Good luck.
 

Pob02

LE
Book Reviewer
#10
As above, sniper is usually a specialist role within the Infantry, you may find out that you cant shoot at the required level or have the eyesight for it, and would rather do something else (within the Army), or not, you should still apply and go for your goal.[/QUOTE ... .and it is NOT all about shooting.
 
#11
Like they said, join and find out about being an infantry soldier first, and be good at it.
While you are gaining experience you can participate in activities that will help and that are goal orientated, such as shooting.
Learn about cam, movement, ballistics, all these things and much more.

But above all don't be obsessed about it, and don't be a pain pestering your instructors, though you can make clear your interest and ask about it. Do it right and they will help you and give you guidance. Above all enjoy the life and the other opportunities, and if your goal doesn't pan out then I am sure you will find other things that are equally as fulfilling.

Remember some take it too far:

 
#12
Very true, I concede your point.

I would imagine one would have to have a few years under their belt before they could attend such training on your side of the pond?
Being a Sniper is an art and one of the most challenging Infantry skills,as already stated the squeezing of the trigger is the last part of sniping. Endless hours/days/weeks observing,self dicipline,constant pressure, calculating etc. Brains aswell marksmanship is required then ofcourse the 'Kill shot' its all well and good taking out Fig11/12 targets the real thing is diffrent as i'm sure those who were or are snipers will tell you.
I have not been a sniper but I have spent those hours/days/weeks observing and having to master the skills to get into position to observe.
Sniper Platoon is and rightly so one if not the most demanding roles a Infantry Soldier can do.
Only the best and natural will make the grade,so yes experience is a requirment and those skills do not come in a few short months but in years.
 

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