I’m pleased to announce that Rob Maylor will now be a contributing writer here at SOFREP. Rob brings a wealth of experience to the table and his own unique perspective as a former SASR Soldier.
Rob served in the British Royal Marine Commandos in 40 Commando and passed selection in 1994 to go to 3 Commando Brigade’s Reconnaissance Force, the Brigade Patrol Troop. Later he spent two years as a police officer in New Zealand before moving to Australia. In the Australian Army he was in 3RAR, the parachute battalion and then went to SAS selection in March of 2003. Rob also attended the LRRPs course in Brunei, worked extensively with US SOF, and deployed to East Timor, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He has been a sniper for 18 years.
He is also the author of the new book, Sniper Elite:
In Sniper Elite, Rob Maylor takes readers inside the closed world of the elite Special Forces sniper, detailing Maylor’s dedication to the dark art of sniping and touching on the history of the great snipers who came before him. As one of Australia’s most highly trained and successful combat marksmen, he tells the story of his years on the front lines, from his early service with the Royal Marines in Northern Ireland, to action in Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan where he was involved in some of the heaviest fighting in the conflict. He also chronicles his near-death experience in a Blackhawk helicopter that crashed off Fiji, killing two of his friends, and how he would walk for hours, sometimes days, through hostile country until he found the right position. Then, when the moment was right, he aimed, and with absolute precision, put the bullet just where it was going to have the most effect.
Filled with dark humor and the almost religious sense of brotherhood within such an exclusive group of warriors, this is an explosive and revealing combat memoir—and an inside look at the shadowy world of the modern sniper.
Please help us welcome Rob to the SOFREP team!
(Featured photo taken in 2008, Rob Maylor standing on the left. From Rob’s photo collection.)