Do not expect to try out for sniper school until after you have at least one deployment in most cases. There are plenty of Marines in line ahead of you, so learn to wait your turn. Why would you think that you are just gonna enlist and all of a sudden become a sniper? Who the hell are you kidding? Just because you are a hunter, love to shoot, or have fired weapons since you were very young, this does not mean shit to the Marine Corps. Being the air-soft champion for your state or being the best paint-baller in your weekend club also does not mean you will amount to anything when it comes to Marine Corps marksmanship. Many who become snipers never thought they would even try out while most who brag about one day becoming one will never even make it to the try outs.
Learn to separate fun and games from the real serious world of being in these prestigious units. Just because you are a good shot as a civilian doesn't mean you will kick ass in the Corps. EXAMPLE: I never fired a rifle in my life prior to enlisting and guess what? I fired high expert every time I qualified with the rifle. I have never fired anything less then expert with the rifle, so do not put to much weight on the fact that you can shoot a rifle now.
Some people who know how to shoot usually before enlisting can pick up bad habits and this messes them up. In the USMC you are shown how to fire your weapon step by step and those who have a blank slate usually do better. Being a sniper is a lot more then sniping. You can be used in various manners, so please do not think that being a sniper is anything like any movie or video game you may of seen or played. There is a lot more to being a sniper then what you know, this I guarantee you.
|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.|