We developed the “S.N.I.P.E.R. Sequence” as an acronym to aid in the systematic functioning of a sniper team as they operate, transitioning from objective to objective.
Using the Sniper Sequence
Together, the sniper and spotter work through each step in sequence for every objective. It will also be natural to move between the middle steps as demanded by a changing mission or battlefield. These steps are a plan of action that ensures a sniper team thoroughly and adequately covers all fronts. It helps organize an element of snipers, maintaining team- and mission-focus, and enabling everyone to be as effective and efficient as possible.
Other great items to note involve any changes that differ from your briefing. Observing and relaying intelligence may or may not be a lengthy process. The length and depth of this step is largely dictated by the mission.
As is the case with growing skills in any area, taking time to review and let thoughts and decisions replay in your mind is important. What was not as expected or different from your briefing? Where were your skills rusty? What went good? How effective were the decisions you made, and how efficiently did the team react? These are all questions that not only help you evolve, but in sharing perspectives everyone gains a collective insight on the performance as a whole, a foundation in the evolution of your team.
The Sniper Sequence becomes second nature
When put into practice, the sequence will become second nature. You’ll be surprised at how disciplined and fluid your communication happens; how organized and deliberate your actions become. Together these steps will empower even the most seasoned sniper teams to acquire and engage targets more quickly than ever before. With this acronym as your default plan of action, you’ll be more prepared for the introduction of any unpredictable event, including operating with a teammate you’ve never played with before. Never played the role of a sniper or spotter before? No problem.
Soon you’ll gain more knowledge about your shooting partner and this sequence will grow more powerful with hours spent together in the field. If possible, you want to reach that point where certain actions and decisions do not even require words. Eventually your anticipation of each other becomes the key to being able to weather all the challenging scenarios and variables that work against you and the successful completion of your mission.