The Creation of a Scout/Sniper Battalion within the Marine Division
MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA
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The Scout Sniper Capability is being degraded across its full spectrum of capabilities as a result of a training deficiency of both operators and commanders. Further analysis identified the root causes spanning the DOTMLPF spectrum. The most significant finding was that no Scout Sniper Platoon has yet been identified to have deployed to either OIF or OEF with a full TO of school trained MOS 0317s. Further, as a result of the current high operational tempo, units are unable to send selected Marines to the Basic and Advanced Scout Sniper Courses. Adding to this problem is a high attrition rate at the Basic Sniper Course, due in part to a failure of units to properly screen, select, and prepare Marines for the rigorous course. Analysis indicated that a lack of standardized unit proficiency training has contributed significantly to this problem.
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