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Just because you want to become a sniper does not mean you ever will or that you will even get the chance to try out. It is important you be realistic in what you want to do in life. If you are serious about possibly trying to become a sniper, read and learn about other snipers and understand what they do and have done. Don't be one of those idiots who wants to be a part of something and he doesn't have the first clue as to what it is they do or are all about.
First off, you cannot enlist straight into the sniper position. You first must be in the USMC infantry, preferably 0311 and you must be in your permanent unit. Once there, you will know what you can or cannot do. And just because you may want to try out for sniper school, this doesn't mean your unit will let you try out. Nothing is ever guaranteed in the Marine Corps and there are very few slots/openings available.

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.

Some people who know how to shoot before enlisting can pick up bad habits and this messes them up while for others it doesn't effect them. 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 think, this I guarantee you. 

Don't forget that potential snipers are screened to ensure that they have a higher level of maturity then their peers and they must be above average in their physical abilities (PT, CFT). Snipers are also rational and good thinkers and they must be able to communicate without sounding like a jack ass. It's not just about being a good shot. You must be the complete package which is why very few of you will ever meet the many qualification.

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  • The best advice I can give you about trying to become a sniper is this: Enlist into the 03xx/infantry MOS field and just do your best. Once in your permanent unit you will see how the process works and you'll have a much better understanding of what is possible and what is not. Even though the USMC puts out the below list of qualifications, some units may tweak the qualifications to meet demand which is why you should wait until you get into your unit before before deciding you want to become a sniper.
  • Being a sniper is a lot more than sniping, so make sure you learn what exactly snipers do.
  • The Marine Corps isn't going to let you go to sniper school just for shits and giggles. Sniper slots are reserved for those who need it and not those who want it just to be cool.
  • Yes, reservists can also try to become snipers. Once in your reserve unit, you'll be able to ask your senior Marines how this process works.
  • Maturity and self discipline is a huge key to getting into a field such as snipers. So just be honest with yourself and don't live in fantasyland.

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.