Sniper Course 


Six week Sniper Course which provides the skill and knowledge required to deliver precision rifle fire to selected targets while using camouflage and concealment techniques.


  • Engage targets at ranges up to 800M with precision fire under field conditions during hours of daylight
  • Known and unknown distance marksmanship
  • Judging distance
  • Observation
  • Move tactically
  • Infiltration/Exfiltration
  • Concealment techniques
  • Planning


Course duration is six (6) weeks*.


Graduates of this course will have the skills needed to serve as a sniper or observer in an operational environment. The program emphasizes the fieldcraft and marksmanship skills needed to support operational missions. During the course students will be organized into two man sniper teams by the cadre.


Students should be familiar with safe weapon handling procedures and possess a strong foundation in basic rifle marksmanship. Students must arrive in sound medical condition and be physically fit. Students must pass a cross country land navigation exercise carrying a rucksack weighing 20 kg/44 lbs and navigate using a compass and 1:50,000 map. During this event students will travel approximately 10 KM and must find three out of three points within 3 hours. Students must score 60% or higher on the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) English Comprehension Level (ECL) Test. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the following websites for additional information:


ISTC will provide a complete Sniper Weapon System (SWS) and equipment for students attending the Sniper Course. Students may bring their own complete Sniper Weapon System, night sight, night vision goggles, spotting scope and Sniper equipment if desired.

  • RESTRICTIONS: Students may bring any type of sniper weapon system which is employed by their unit with the following restrictions: weapons are limited to 7.62×51 mm (.308 Caliber), 7.62×67 mm, (.300 WinMag,) or .338 Caliber. All weapons must come as a complete system to include iron sights, telescopic sights, sling, appropriate adjustment tools and cleaning equipment. Weapon and scope type must be submitted to ISTC at least one (1) week prior to the start of the course
  • AMMUNITION: ISTC will provide .300 WinMag (AC-51 German Army Issue), .300 WinMag blank ammunition and 7.62×51 mm (.308). Any student who brings a weapon which requires ammunition other than the types listed above must bring it with them*.


The course is calculated from a total of 1000 points. The student must score 70% or more in each “must pass” event and achieve an overall score of 700 points to graduate.



Students should be familiar with the following terms prior to arrival at the ISTC Sniper Course.

    • Sand Sock: A sock filled with sand that is used by snipers to support the butt of the rifle
    • Camouflage: The disguising especially of military equipment, installations, or personnel with paint, nets, or foliage
    • Concealment: Hiding or placing an item or one’s self out of sight
    • Ghillie Suit: A suit made to camouflage it’s wearer
    • Jute: Strips of burlap or cloth used to create a ghillie suit
    • Field craft: Skills used by persons to operate in a given environment
    • Olfactory: The sense of smell
    • Tactile: The sense of touch
    • Quadrant: A quarter of a given area
    • Hide Site: A purpose built location used by a sniper or sniper’s to conceal their presence from the enemy
    • Loophole: A hole through which the sniper can view his target and fire his weapon
    • Integrity: The state of being unimpaired or complete
    • Indigenous: Living or occurring naturally in a particular region
    • Pyrotechnics: The art of making or the manufacture and use of fireworks
    • Ballistics: The science of the motion of projectiles in flight
    • Cosine: A trigonometric function that for an acute angle is the ratio between the leg adjacent to the angle when it is considered part of a right triangle and the hypotenuse
    • Fundamentals: The basics
    • Butt Stock: The portion of a weapon which rests in the users shoulder
    • Stalk: To pursue quarry or prey with stealth
    • Recoil: The kick back of a weapon upon firing
    • Aiming: The practice of using a weapon’s sights to point the weapon at a target
    • Cant: When a weapon is not held straight up and down
    • Quartering: To divide something into four equal parts
    • Reticle: A film with printed lines inside a telescopic sight used to aim a weapon
    • Sight Index: The practice of placing the weapons sights on the target before and after each round is fired
    • Sight Alignment: The practice of placing both the front and rear sight of a weapon onto the same line of view
    • Parallax: The apparent displacement or the difference in apparent direction of an object as seen from two different points not on a straight line with the object
    • Pitts: The area behind the targets when personnel stand to operate the targets
    • Turret: A spinning object on a telescopic sight used to make adjustments
    • Windage: The adjustment given to a weapon to compensate for the wind in a given area
    • Elevation: The adjustment given to a weapon to compensate for the distance to a given target
    • Silhouette: The black outline or shape of an object
    • Flagging: Pointing a weapon at another student
    • Cease Fire: Stop firing
    • Fire when ready: Begin firing when you are ready
    • Watch your lane: Watch your given target position on the target line
    • Get on line: Make a straight line of students on the firing area
    • OP: Observation Post
    • FFP: Final Firing Position
    • COA: Course of Action
    • MSS: Mission Support Site
    • Bug Out: Leave the area
    • DTG: Date Time Group
    • SWS: Sniper Weapon System
    • MDMP: Military Decision Making Process
    • CAS: Close Air Support
    • IED: Improvised Explosive Device
    • QRF: Quick Reaction Force
    • AO: Area of Operations
    • MIL: Milradian, unit of measure
    • MOA: Minute of Angle

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*Further details can be found in the Joining Instructions available at the sending Unit or the respective Ministry of Defense (MoD).