Sniper course.

#1
Gents,
Can someone who is current, please settle an argument for me. Pretty please etc.
My mate's son is half way though phase one at Catterick. And his shooting skill has - so my friend tells me, already been mentioned by the lad's DS.
My mate's son has told his dad that he'd be interested in doing the sniper course once he gets to Bn.
I was having a conversation with my mate, but we both couldn't agree as to a realistic timeline
for him to be able to do the course once he gets to Bn.
My mate (ex Infanteer) is convinced that if his son has such a natural ability then there is no reason why the lad couldn't be on a course within six months.
My own personal (and non Infanteer) belief is that the chances of his boy being loaded onto such a gucci course, more or less straight out of training is overly optimistic. I believe that he would have to be in Bn for at least a year first.
What do others believe.
 
#2
If your son's battalion has a shooting team, hanging around that and getting onto it would help. Of course, it depends how many other blokes want to do the sniper course.
 
#3
If your son's battalion has a shooting team, hanging around that and getting onto it would help. Of course, it depends how many other blokes want to do the sniper course.
It's not my lad mate. He's my mate's boy.
The fact that the sniper course is so gucci, and that every young bloke new to a Bn wants to get on to it, is the reason why I believe that the lad will have a long weight. No matter what my ex Infanteer mate thinks.
 
#4
It's not my lad mate. He's my mate's boy.
The fact that the sniper course is so gucci, and that every young bloke new to a Bn wants to get on to it, is the reason why I believe that the lad will have a long weight. No matter what my ex Infanteer mate thinks.
Never before have those two words shared the same sentence with any plausibility ;)
 
Last edited:
#7
Although, in my defence, I was a STAB Sapper so Shirley nobody expects much of anything from me :p
 
#8
The sniper course isn't just about shooting. There's camouflage & concealment, movement, observation, reporting, panoramic drawings, intel and communications and some other stuff. So it isn't just about picking out the good shots.

Some time back a friend of mine completed the Royal Marines sniper course with top marks and (I think) HPS (Highest Possible Score) on the badge test day.
At his final interview he was asked if he could kill someone without emotion. He said:
"No Sir! I would have to laugh a little bit.."

So, is your mate's sprog mature enough to do a tough job at the sharp end and readily to kill and see a head explode? Does he want his sprog to do that?

A sensible officer would want him to get some experience and maturity before putting him in that position.
 
#9
The sniper course isn't just about shooting. There's camouflage & concealment, movement, observation, reporting, panoramic drawings, intel and communications and some other stuff. So it isn't just about picking out the good shots.

Some time back a friend of mine completed the Royal Marines sniper course with top marks and (I think) HPS (Highest Possible Score) on the badge test day.
At his final interview he was asked if he could kill someone without emotion. He said:
"No Sir! I would have to laugh a little bit.."

So, is your mate's sprog mature enough to do a tough job at the sharp end and readily to kill and see a head explode? Does he want his sprog to do that?

A sensible officer would want him to get some experience and maturity before putting him in that position.
Yep. We both are aware of that mate. It's one of the hardest courses to pass in the army. My mate just reckons that as his son is so naturally gifted he'll be a shoe in.
I merely pointed out that I don't think that it would be so easy these days.
My pal's experience of an Inf Bn was over 10 years ago.
 
#10
Yep. We both are aware of that mate. It's one of the hardest courses to pass in the army. My mate just reckons that as his son is so naturally gifted he'll be a shoe in.
I merely pointed out that I don't think that it would be so easy these days.
My pal's experience of an Inf Bn was over 10 years ago.
The son of the chap who taught me much about shooting joined up some years ago and did the sniper course. He was nominated for the course after spending around 7 years in his Bn and reaching Cpl, he had plenty of active experience and several other specialist courses under his belt. I can't remember if he walked away with best student, but an observer was impressed enough to give him a business card.

Realistically the chances of getting a course like that with zero experience are slim to none. Likelihood is a Cpl will go and be used as one of the Regimental snipey instructors.
 
#11
The son of the chap who taught me much about shooting joined up some years ago and did the sniper course. He was nominated for the course after spending around 7 years in his Bn and reaching Cpl, he had plenty of active experience and several other specialist courses under his belt. I can't remember if he walked away with best student, but an observer was impressed enough to give him a business card.

Realistically the chances of getting a course like that with zero experience are slim to none. Likelihood is a Cpl will go and be used as one of the Regimental snipey instructors.
Exactly. I thought that you'd have to have a bit of time under your belt too. Maybe even have your first tape up?
 

Similar threads

New Posts

Latest Threads

Top