Aerial sniping comes with its own set of challenges, including dealing with aircraft vibration and downdraft from helicopter rotors.

Once the skill set is acquired, scout snipers with a scout sniper platoon or division recon element will be able to provide top cover for special operations launched by their assigned Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), typically a direct-action raid or maritime interdiction mission by a Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) Maritime Raid Force (MRF).

Whether Force Recon and other elements are storming a pirate-held ship or clearing a terrorist compound, they will be glad of the presence of the snipers in the sky, keeping watch overhead.

Get behind the scope with U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Seth Utlser, chief scout sniper with weapons company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines as he takes aim at targets from the sky.