If snipers aren’t forbidden in warfare, why not use a ridiculous number of sniper teams in an infantry division? Say 30%, in the 2nd Iraq war for example.

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Mudassir Ali
Jan 23, 2020 02:29 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 23, 2020 02:29 PM

Originally Answered: If snipers aren’t forbidden in warfare, why not use a ridiculous amount of sniper teams in an infantry division? Say 30%, in the 2nd Iraq war for example.
I’ll make this as straight forward as I can. Snipers aren’t invincible and certainly not invisible. In 2010, I worked with a unit that was being hunted by a single sniper. He’d shot a few people in the US Army unit…once that once sniper was on sight, a LOT of time, resources and planning were dedicated to eradicating that threat. That much attention on a sniper is going to force that sniper to either expose themselves, or leave. It only gets worse.

So why not just flood a zone with sniper if they take up so many resources….hold on….understand that being a sniper is not just someone one does. A sniper has to not only be an excellent shot, but it’s usually a 2 person team. So finding and training up sniper teams takes a lot of resources…but wait it gets harder.

Once that team is on the ground…how long can they reasonably lay in position? Are they static? are they moving around? if they are moving, what happens when a team inevitably gets captured? How does the main unit communicate with them? via radio? great how long does batteries last? How heavy is that radio? the batteries, the food they have to haul in…where do they hide their rubbish, their excrement? How does a sniper team stay healthy? The list goes on and on…

Also, what makes the enemy want to go into an area where there are active snipers? Why not just bomb the crap out of the places where the snipers are?

Snipers have to be able to see what they want to shoot…the enemy doesn’t want to get shot, so they don’t walk around out in the open. It doesn’t work that way…if they are walking around, and one of them is shot, they triangulate and move on the target, essentially trapping the sniper…or they leave the area where the sniping is occurring.

Let’s say you’re a sniper…you engage a target, and someone from that enemy element turns and points directly at your position? What do you do? Will you even survive? Snipers aren’t a multi-purpose tool…they’re surgical…and most of combat is meat grinding, not pretty precise actions.

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