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A Marine in the Scout Sniper Platoon with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment calls in coordinates for a position report during a patrol for SSP training aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 29, 2015. Scout Snipers with the battalion excel in conducting their mission set by being highly skilled in marksmanship and delivering long-range precision fire on selected targets from concealed positions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Krista James/Released)

Photo by Cpl. Krista James

Warlords train new Marines in scout sniper capabilities

5 Aug 2015 | Cpl. Krista E. James 2nd Marine Regiment

Marines with Scout Sniper Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment conducted patrols as part of training aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, July 29, 2015, in order to train and become proficient in their tactics, techniques and procedures.

Scout snipers with the battalion excel in conducting their mission set by being highly skilled in marksmanship and delivering long-range precision fire on selected targets from concealed positions.

 

“Today we’re making a realistic [scenario] based on a perpetually developing situation where Marines have to adapt to what we’re [presenting them]. They have to identify targets, identify possible weapons and different anomalies,” said Sgt. Charles Holloway, chief scout with the battalion. “They then report that to the command so they can get a clear picture of what they’re looking at on the ground.”

 

The Marines patrolled roughly a mile and a half through dense wooded areas while wearing ghillie suits and carrying their gear and weapons in order to assault an objective.

 

1st Lt. Mark Ryan, the scout sniper platoon commander, said that each time the unit goes out they can reassess their readiness and expand on their training; whether it’s at the rifle range or the training they are currently conducting.

 

“Especially with the new guys coming in, I think that every chance we get to come out here, plan missions and throw guys in different roles, it just further reinforces the cohesion and builds more camaraderie in our unit,” said Ryan. “At the end of the day we’d like to see what training standards we’ve hit and succeeded in and what training standards we still need to spend a little more time on to become proficient in.”

 

Holloway said that the training gives the new Marines a taste of what they can expect in the future, and they get a good opportunity to experience what it’s like operating within a SSP. Ultimately, he says, this will let them learn so next time they do this type of training they can learn more from it.

 

“The most important thing to take away is [we’re] never untouchable,” said Holloway. “Any time that [we’re] involved in a situation like this they need to be watching their brother’s backs and making sure everyone is doing the right thing.”