Sniper Trained Officers?

#1
Has anyone got any idea whether its possible to do the Sniper course as an officer? If so is it the same course or is there a separate sniper instructors course that needs to be done instead/as well as.

Obviously i appreciate that there isn't an enormous need for sniper trained infantry officers but i can't believe that there aren't any. The joining instructions i've seen for the course clearly state the maximum rank as being CSgt, so i was wondering if anybody knew if this was flexible or set in stone?

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#2
I avoided this earlier, but it seems specifically relevant now. My cousin was the platoon commander of the sniper platoon of his Inf. Regiment until his promotion, I can't believe (tho' I haven't asked) that he was not trained in the art.
 

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#5
sprjim said:
Nehustan said:
I can't believe (tho' I haven't asked) that he was not trained in the art.
Fcuking hell you should meet some RE officers!
Well I know one with a green beret I'd wager is quite a good shot ;)
 

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#7
Fallschirmjager said:
Officers are not allowed to be snipers.
I think he means whether they can be trained/do the course, not creep out and take the shot before their command. I think you're right they might get a right bollocking if they were taking the shots themself...
 
#9
Nehustan said:
I think he means whether they can be trained/do the course, not creep out and take the shot before their command. I think you're right they might get a right bollocking if they were taking the shots themself...
I dunno - things are changing. I know for a fact the the OC of the PWRR in Al Amara often went out on patrols and at times was posting grenades himself. I think it's important to be able to do the job that you are asking the lads to do and walk the walk.

(Without getting yourself needlessly killed of course...)
 
#10
Well i'm assuming that in order to commander a section/platoon of snipers as a BG asset you'd have to have done the course in order to understand their abilities/limitations particularly as part of the ISTAR group.
 

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#11
Bromhead said:
Well i'm assuming that in order to commander a section/platoon of snipers as a BG asset you'd have to have done the course in order to understand their abilities/limitations particularly as part of the ISTAR group.
That's what I'd imagine.
 
#13
Long while ago but I knew two Buffs officers who used to hive up on top of Flax St mill and deal with anyone took on the dummy in a dark room manipulated with string on the top floor. Rarely missed or wounded.
 
#14
Milan / Javelin platoon commander doesn't operate a firing post

GMPG(SF) platoon commander doesn't fire the gun

Mortar Officer ... etc - you get the picture.

Officers can attend the Sniper Instructor's Course - although it is a bit rare.

The point of an officer being a trained sniper instructor is exactly the same as having a trained anti tank platoon commander. I would content that the reason why sniping has struggled so long to be properly recognised and supported in the infantry is a lack of sniper trained officers.
 
#16
Certainly in my Bn the Sniper officer had to do the BN Sniper Cadre and therefore was a trained Sniper. However they didn't go on the Course at Brecon.

SO3 Sniper Wing - at Brecon has to be a trained sniper as he teaches the course.
 
#18
Fallschirmjager said:
Fred_Cat said:
Milan / Javelin platoon commander doesn't operate a firing post

GMPG(SF) platoon commander doesn't fire the gun
They both did in Helmand.
Welcome back to you and your Bn!

I hope they hit! :D

All the more reason to have the platoon commander course trained for all the support weapons including sniping. the other benefit is that as the CO's principal advisor on that weapon system they need to be trained (including sniping), also as many officers end up doing procurment jobs at some stage of their career, once again you need officers procuring weapon systems that they have some understanding of. I stand by my point that sniping would have been better supported within the infantry since WW2 had there been more officers who understood it.
 
#19
Fallschirmjager said:
They both did in Helmand.
Good to see you back, in one piece I hope.

Dunno if you are aware but there was a fair bit of coverage of your gang out there; outstanding job done, mate.
 

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#20
biomad said:
Just read this book called 'Goose Green'.Apparently 2 paras chaplain was a sniper.
Just had an image of man going down, sniper breaks cover runs over to the dead/dying argie bible in hand, administers last rites, runs back to cover...guess he'd have to be a good runner...
 
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