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United States Marine Corps Enlisted Job Descriptions and Qualification Factors

8541, Scout Sniper


Summary. Scout snipers participate in activities designed to deny the enemy freedom of movement by shooting enemy leaders, crew-served weapons operators, radiomen, observers, messengers, and other key personnel with single, well-aimed shots. Scout snipers also engage vital material targets such as command and control equipment, air defense radars, and missile launchers, which require precision rifle fire to neutralize. Scout snipers also provide close reconnaissance and surveillance to the infantry battalion.


(1) Qualify as an expert rifleman.

(2) Possess all the essential qualifications and capabilities of an infantry Marine.

(3) Successful completion of an approved Scout Sniper Course at Quantico or at the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Marine Division.


(1) GySgt to Pvt:

(a) Supports combat operations by delivering precision fire on selected targets.

(b) Establishes concealed sniper/observation sites from which targets are analyzed, engaged, and information gathered.

(c) Uses map and compass for day or night land navigation.

(d) Operates and maintains weapons and optical equipment employed by the scout sniper team.

Related DOT Classification/DOT Code. No civilian equivalent.

Related Military Skill. Rifleman, 0311.

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