Hide and Seek the Sniper Way
April 23, 2008
Marine Corps News|by LCpl Tyler J. Hlavac
KIN BLUE, Okinawa - Covered from head to foot in a ghillie suit made of netting interwoven with vegetation scavenged from the local terrain, Sgt. Gregory Evans slowly, inch by inch, stalks through the thick jungle foliage, hoping that no one sees him.
This assistant team leader with Marine Corps Base's Provost Marshal's Office Special Reaction Team knows the spotters are out there, visually scouring the underbrush for the slightest sign of movement. But he is confident in his position and his ability to get off two well aimed shots on the spotters without being detected. As he begins to set up for a shot, the unthinkable happens - he slips.
A few moments later he hears someone yell "freeze." He knows the game is over and he is busted.
But to his surprise, he finds out the spotters have seen someone else. He feels no relief however, knowing his slip could have ended the game just as easily.
Evans was one of three SRT marksman observers who joined nine scout snipers from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's battalion landing team in a scout sniper course that ran April 1-18 and was designed to teach participants the fundamentals of the occupational specialty. .............
I had one SRT Marine in my Basic Course. He never did the "prep" course they talked about above. He didnt make it.... got dropped on range est but even if he made that, he was sucking hind tit on shooting as well. Good Marine.... just needed a better spinning up process. The reasion we were told that SRT needed a school trained Sniper was in case one of "us" snapped and they went after us.....