US Army special operators take first place in international sniper competition

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U. S. Army special operators recently put their world-class marksmanship on display when they took home first place in an annual international sniper competition held in North Carolina.

The event, which the U. S. Army Special Operations Command has hosted at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg since 2004, routinely tests the abilities of personnel from several branches of the U.S. military and abroad.

According to the Army Times, this year's contest featured two-man teams from France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland in addition to teams from across the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Secret Service, and the Coast Guard.

The competition, which took place March 21-25, tested the sharpshooters on a variety of different skill sets needed to execute the task of a sniper, all while seeking to simulate the experiences of real combat.

In all, the teams were put through 23 different scenarios that measured the snipers' and spotters' long-, medium-, and short-range marksmanship capabilities, according to Insider.

"The sniper teams face lanes that force them to maneuver over and around obstacles to establish a firing position and make engagement on a target. In other lanes, they might have to be in a static position while other challenges that make it hard are presented, like targets that move behind obstacles," said Col.... (Read more)