Marine Corps Scout Sniper Job Requirements

The U.S. Marines Scout Sniper (0317) is Trained to Fire at Selected Targets

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The U.S. Marines scout sniper (0317) is trained to fire at selected targets. Valuable in times of war, scout snipers are marines skilled in field craft and marksmanship.

They are often called upon to deliver long range, precision fire on selected targets from concealed positions in support of combat operations.

According to the U.S. Marines, the scout sniper platoon works directly for the battalion commander.

This platoon of marines may provide support to maneuver units or may operate independently. Scout snipers are tasked with the main mission of providing surveillance operations in order to gain intelligence on the enemy and the terrain.

Scout Snipers include:

  • Spotters: These marines detect, observe and confirm sniper targets. They are also tasked with calculating the range and wind conditions on a given target, and conducting reconnaissance and surveillance missions.
  • Snipers: These marines deliver long-range precision fires on selected targets. They also conduct reconnaissance missions and surveillance.

A Secondary Mission

Scout snipers have a secondary mission of gathering information for intelligence purposes. They participate in activities designed to deny the enemy freedom of movement by targeting enemy leaders, crew-served weapons operators, radiomen, observers, messengers, and other key personnel with precision fire.

Scout snipers engage vital material targets such as command and control equipment, light armored vehicles, air defense radar, and missile launchers that require precision rifle fire to neutralize. Scout snipers also conduct close reconnaissance and surveillance operations for the infantry battalion in support of the intelligence section.


While specific requirements vary by battalion, infantrymen who qualify to be trained as a scout snipers may be selected after completing a two-week indoctrination course. These marines must first serve for a time in the battalion scout-sniper platoon, and a marine may be sent to the formal Scout Sniper Basic Course to earn the official scout-sniper military occupational specialty (MOS).

To be selected by a battalion to join the scout-sniper platoon, these marines must earn the rank of Lance Corporal and complete an approved scout-sniper course in order to receive this designation.

Job Requirements:

(1) Must have a minimum GT Score of 100 or higher.

(2) Must be currently qualified as an expert rifleman.

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

(4) Must have vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes. Color blindness is discouraged.

(5) Must have a current First Class PFT.

(6) Have no history of mental illness.

(7) Must be eligible to receive a secret security classification.

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

Related Marine Corps Jobs:

(1) Rifleman, 0311.

(2) Reconnaissance Marine, 0321.

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Some of the above Information was derived from MCBUL 1200, parts 2 and 3

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