The sniper community lacks advocacy. There is no officer corps to speak of and there are no MGySgt snipers, aside from a handful of infantry Master Guns who served as a sniper when they were a sergeant.Scout Sniper being a secondary MOS - and all of the career management issues that arise from that - contributed greatly to my decision to leave after one enlistment and serve elsewhere.
In the late 90's losing guys to 0369 billets was the least of our concern as most didn't get to stay in the community even that long. We were losing guys as E5's to recruiting or drill instructor duty, most of whom were returned to the infantry companies instead of coming back to a STA platoon. Faced with that career path, most of us voted with our feet and EAS'd.
The Army issues an Additional Skill Identifier to 11B's, but that's about it. I can't speak for career service in the community, but I'd be surprised if that happened. Like the Marines, any officer involvement in the community is temporary at best. As for any depth to the discussion, that's well outside of my lane.Sir, is the Army set up the same way?
OPSECETA: I kinda hope someone says something about opsec
(1) As defined in Department of Defense (DOD) OPSEC Program (Department of Defense Directive(DoDD) 5205.02E), OPSEC is a process of identifying critical information and subsequently analyzing friendly actions attendant to military operations, as well as other activities to:
(a) Identify those actions that can be observed by an adversary intelligence system.
(b) Determine indicators and vulnerabilities that adversary intelligence systems might be able to obtain. Data that could be interpreted or pieced together to derive critical information that over time could be useful to adversaries and represent an unacceptable risk.
(c) Select and execute countermeasures that eliminate or reduce risk to a level acceptable by the commander.
(2) OPSEC protects Sensitive and/or Critical Information (S/CI) from adversary observation and collection in ways that traditional security cannot. While programs such as Information Assurance (IA) protect classified information, they cannot prevent all indicators of critical information, especially unclassified indicators, from being revealed.
(3) In concise terms, the OPSEC process identifies the critical information of military plans, operations, and supporting activities, as well as the indicators that reveal it. Once identified, measures must eliminate, reduce, or conceal those indicators. During the process, a determination must be developed for when the information may cease to be critical in the lifespan of an organization’s specific operation.
b. Critical Information
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(2) Critical information consists of specific facts about friendly Capabilities, Activities, Limitations (includes vulnerabilities), and Intentions (CALI) needed by adversaries for them to plan and act effectively to degrade friendly mission accomplishment.
(3) Critical information is information vital to a mission. If an adversary obtains it, correctly analyzes it, and acts upon it, the compromise could prevent or seriously degrade mission success. The goal is to deny our adversaries access to any critical information.
(4) Critical information is primarily unclassified, but can be classified depending on the organization, activity, or mission. Critical information that is classified requires OPSEC measures for additional protection because unclassified indicators can reveal it. Critical information that is unclassified especially requires OPSEC measures because it is not protected by the requirements provided to classified information.
c. Critical Information List (CIL) Is a consolidated list of a unit or organization’s critical information. Every organization’s OPSEC Officer must create a CIL specific for their organization In Accordance With (IAW) Army Regulation (AR) OPSEC (AR 530-1).
d. Sensitive Information and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) requires protection from disclosure that could cause a compromise or constitute a threat to national security, an Army organization, activity, Family Member, Department of the Army (DA) Civilian, or DoD contractor. See DOD Manual 5200.01, Volume 4.
(2) For S/CI that has been compromised and is available in open sources, the public domain should not be highlighted or referenced publicly outside of intra-governmental or authorized official communications, because these actions provide further unnecessary exposure of the compromised information. Personnel should not respond to queries to deny or confirm the validity of sensitive information that has been compromised or released to the public. Notify your organization’s OPSEC officer and security manager of all OPSEC compromises.
The problem is that a sniper platoon is the largest formation the sniper community has. There are no sniper companies or battalions. That means a snipers career would end at E7. Currently it's a primary MOS until E6I've always found it odd that a military branch such as the Marine Corps who puts so much emphasis on S/S never saw fit to allow them to have their own MOS. There are times where we needed to go beyond the "Every Marine is a Rifleman" motto.
Ah...ok! Thanks, now I understand it. It's sad to think that those years of experience simply "stop" once that rank is reached rather than called upon to keep the younger guys going strong. If, that isn't being done in some fashion now.The problem is that a sniper platoon is the largest formation the sniper community has. There are no sniper companies or battalions. That means a snipers career would end at E7. Currently it's a primary MOS until E6
It remains a secondary MOS but the only SNCO sniper jobs are platoon sergeants and instructor.Ah...ok! Thanks, now I understand it. It's sad to think that those years of experience simply "stop" once that rank is reached rather than called upon to keep the younger guys going strong. If, that isn't being done in some fashion now.
I'm not a fan of the overall plan at all..... There is a reason why the school is a tough as it is. I am glad they are finally making it a Primary MOS, but I really feel that doing that alone will make a big impact. Right now, Marines who graduate the school, find themselves back in the Fleet in one to two years... Make it a Primary MOS, and you will find those same Marines filling those billets for 3 to 4 more years... maybe more if they make it through as a Lance Criminal.
The Army had the Abrams Charter for the Ranger Regiment. The intent was those soldiers would return to Big Army and spread their skills around. Great, sounds wonderful and all, but what's the shelf life on those skills? Some stud fresh from a S/S platoon passes on his info but isn't shooting often and I'll guess that stalking isn't a skill set used in a line platoon, so how much does the Corps benefit from sending them back to the fleet?There's no sense letting all that hard-earned training to go to waste after a few years.
The Corps has had a thing about reabsorbing highly-skilled specialized individuals/units back into the Fleet so their skills "rub off" on the rifle squads. That's not always a good thing.