Advance sniper operators interdiction course

Course training statement: “To train qualified sniper commanders and soldiers to operate as sniper teams, patrols & platoons as part of a battle group formation across the full spectrum of operations”

Course description: The advance sniper operators interdiction course teaches the students how to operate as part of a sniper team or formation within the battle space. It covers the core sniper skills in far greater detail employing students as a member of a sniper team as opposed to operating as an individual. The course primarily prepares the student for operational deployment as a sniper”

Course title: Advance sniper operators interdiction course
Qualification: Advance sniper operator
Course duration: 6 weeks
Teaching periods per day: 8
Length of teaching period: 40 minutes

Course entry standards: Qualified basic sniper

Note* – the course is proceeded by course entry tests, namely:

  • Sniper knowledge test
  • Map reading (theory & practical test)
  • Physical endurance march (10 klms)
  • Physical run test (3.2 klms)
  • Pre-course interview
  •  Weapon training tests (theory & practical)


Block syllabus


  1. The evolution of sniper teactics & doctrine
  2. How snipers support the battle group formation
  3.  The sniper mission planning cell
  4.  Sniper mission protocol
  5.  Sniper team stalking
  6.  Sniper team stalk estimate
  7.  Sniper team observation
  8.  Sniper team communication skills
  9.  Roles & responsibilities of a sniper number one (1) & number two (2)
  10.  Three man sniper teams roles & responsibilities
  11.  Kit & equipment demonstration – sniper teams
  12.  Sniper team camouflage and concealment
  13.  Sniper teams range estimation & range cards
  14.  Spotting/observing – the adjustment of fire sniper number two (2)
  15.  Advanced ballistics
  16.  Advanced sniper scope
  17.  Hard routine
  18.  Sniper patrol, techniques, formations & organisation
  19.  Sniper team tactical pauses & halts
  20.  Obstacle crossing
  21.  Sniper team troop link up & harbour drills
  22.  The rv system, csar & dars
  23.  Immediate action drills
  24.  Close target recce
  25.  Drop off point & pick-up point drills
  26.  Types of sniper surveillance ops
  27.  Ctr of an op position
  28.  The transition from surveillance op to sniper hide
  29.  Tactical resupply, short and long-term cache
  30.  Tracking awareness and combat counter tracking drills
  31.  Advanced application of fire (live fire 600-1300 metres)
  32.  C-ied awareness & booby traps
  33.  Snipers supporting c-ied operations
  34.  Incident management
  35.  Post task report writing including cache, going & ctr reports)
  36.  Tactical deployment (all phases of war)
  37.  Military aide to the civil community (sniper supporting stabilisation missions)
  38.  Specialist recognition (weapons)
  39.  Snipers working in urban areas
  40.  Ops in an urban environment
  41.  Fortified ops
  42.  Introduction to rural ops & tactical application
  43.  Advance shooting positions
  44.  Field exercise – rural operations
  45.  Field exercise – urban operations
  46.  Introduction to counter sniper operations
  47.  Istar and joint integral effects operations
  48.  Field exrecise – the sniper ambush
  49.  Sniper fire plans
  50.  Introduction to sniper locating devices and how to minimize the threat
  51.  Sniper co-ordination systems
  52.  Survival
  53.  Introduction to combat after capture and resistance to interogation
  54.  Detailed shooting data books and cold shot logs

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