|The United States armed forces uses army snipers to
accomplish objectives that would be difficult or
impossible to accomplish using a larger force.
Sometimes the decision to bring in covert operations
is based on the supposed loss of life to a large
number of troops. When an objective can be
accomplished by a two man sniper team, there would be
no need to send in a whole battalion of infantry.
Other reasons why command might chose to use an Army
sniper is the nature of the target. If a target cannot
be engaged by regular troops due to range, size,
location, or the fact that the target is prone to flee
an army sniper may be used. This is the thinking
behind the implementation of the Army sniper.|
An army sniper differs from a marine sniper very
little, as far as training and ability are concerned.
One way they might differ greatly would be the
missions they receive. A marine sniper may be called
in to snipe from a rooftop to support troops moving on
the ground, while it is more likely that an Army
sniper will be employed against enemy support vehicles
and equipment. This is not to say that an army sniper
will not be deployed against human targets. It is
likely that an army sniper will have his fair share of
human targets as well.
An army sniper who is doing material damage to the
enemy's equipment will most likely be armed with a
fifty caliber sniper rifle. The larger cartridge of
the fifty caliber round gives the fifty caliber sniper
rifle more range and power. Because of it's weight,
the army snipers equipped with the rifle usually work
in three man teams.