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    Marine Corps Axes Elite Scout Sniper Platoons

    Marine Corps Axes Elite Scout Sniper Platoons

    The Marine Corps is getting rid of one of its most elite and storied jobs — the scout sniper.

    Official message traffic leaked to social media last week described a switch from scout sniper platoons to what will only be known only as “scout platoons.”

    The change is part of Force Design 2030 (FD2030), the Marine Corps' ongoing and controversial effort to reinvent the service for future warfare. The decision has already triggered concerns from within the ranks about the loss of sniper capabilities.

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    All three training locations for the grueling 3-month Scout Sniper course at Pendleton, California; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Marine Corps Quantico, Virginia, will stop admitting new students starting in fiscal 2024, according to the message.

    A spokesman for the Marine Corps confirmed that the scout sniper platoons would be eliminated, but said that the underlying skill set would be integrated elsewhere in the service.

    “Precision rifle capability will remain within the infantry company, and the Marine Corps will continue to maintain school-trained snipers within Marine Reconnaissance and Marine Special Operations units,” said service spokesman Capt. Ryan Bruce.

    Bruce added that the Marine Corps' Training Command “is in the process of analyzing both the new scout platoon mission and enduring requirements for precision…

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