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Re: Snipers
« Reply #150 on: February 03, 2010, 10:43:21 »
For one thing, that website is for the RCD, not the RCR and it states:
then:
Not really sure how the two are related, unless it's to prove the requirement for a Sniper platoon.

To be fair to the poster, the C Sqn page he referred to is indeed part of the RCD webpage, but C Sqn is also the 2 RCR BG Recce Sqn in Gagetown (part of the OBG). That Recce Sqn has a Sniper Platoon with two sections and it is at full strength right now. I can't speak definitively about the other battalions, but I think that most have one section.

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Re: Snipers
« Reply #151 on: February 03, 2010, 10:52:38 »
I've seen the larger sniper organizations elsewhere and the organization is "doctrine" according to the GMR Pamphlet.

Is there any movement with the C Sqn experiment to see Armoured Soldiers moving into the organization, or is it still the domain of the infantry?
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Re: Snipers
« Reply #152 on: February 03, 2010, 11:06:45 »
Cole, took this from the RCD Site:

RCD 125th Anniversary Parade at CFB Gagetown
Written by MCpl Todd

2008 is the year the Royal Canadian Dragoons celebrate their 125th birthday. Throughout the year, many parades have happened in locations where Dragoons have been based or have served, the largest of which was held at the Parliament building in Ottawa. And on October 25th, it was time for CFB Gagetown to be recognized.

Historically, the RCD have had a presence in CFB Gagetown since the conception of the Canadian Forces Base. Recently, Recce Squadron, was formed from ‘C’ Sqn as part of the Battle Group 2021 Experiment, once again establishing an operational Dragoon presence in CFB Gagetown.

As part of the 125th celebrations, a parade was held at the base museum. Dragoons from Recce Squadron and the Armoured School, both long time serving members and young soldiers new to the Canadian Forces, came together to acknowledge CFB Gagetown’s significance in the history of the Dragoons.

Many dignitaries were there including LCol M.A. Frank (CO RCD), CWO D.W. Head (RSM RCD), LCol G.S. Parker (CO 2RCR), CWO K.V. Burgess (RSM 2RCR), Col S.J. Bowes (Comd CTC) as well as the mayor of Oromocto and many veterans.

During the parade, the history of the Dragoons was read including the many times the Dragoons have served proudly at CFB Gagetown, not just on extra-regimental duties, but also as operational squadrons. Special mention was also given to the newly created 2 RCR Recce Squadron.

Many thanks were given to the town of Oromocto and CFB Gagetown for their hospitality towards Dragoons, past and present.

The troops on parade stood proudly that crisp fall morning and performed their drill with excellence.  Nothing less would be expected as this is the way Dragoons have done in the past, and the way they will continue to do so in the future.

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C SQN RCD seems to consist of the fol:

RECCE PLATOON
SNIPER PLATOON
RECCE TROOP

And my guess is that C SQN forms part of 2 RCR, Kilo COY (any RCR's confirm this please)
Kilo Company is the battalion's combat support company. It contains reconnaissance, sniper, and signals platoons, the battalion headquarters and a military police detachment. Kilo Company is affiliated with the city of Fredericton New Brunswick.
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Re: Snipers
« Reply #153 on: February 03, 2010, 11:18:44 »
Just to clear things up, C Sqn is not part of K Company. C Sqn is known in 2 RCR as "Recce Sqn" and it is a sub-unit of its own (G, H, I, Recce, K and L). It consists of:

   a.  SHQ
   b.  Recce Platoon (Infantry Recce Patrolmen in LUVW)
   c.  Recce Troop (Armoured Recce in Coyotes)
   d.  Sniper Platoon

We are adding a second Recce Troop in April.

Infanteer,

I believe that the Sniper Platoon is now the doctrinal construct, but I am not sure if the other battalions have the platoon on their actual manning slate (as opposed to a section). 2 RCR had been leaning forward in terms of Sniper numbers so we were able to fill the second section.

As of yet we have not placed any Crewmen in Sniper Platoon. I have no plans to do so in the near future, but I rule nothing out.

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Re: Snipers
« Reply #154 on: February 03, 2010, 11:21:06 »
Thanks T2B for clearing that up.

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Re: Snipers
« Reply #155 on: February 03, 2010, 11:26:10 »
Well, there you go, you learn something new everyday.  I guess I can go home now!   ;)
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Re: Snipers
« Reply #156 on: February 03, 2010, 14:15:18 »
The sniper group as employed in Recce Sqn, 2 RCR BG, is doctrine and is part of all inf battalions.  Whether or not it's manned to 100% is another matter.
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Re: Snipers
« Reply #157 on: February 03, 2010, 15:46:48 »
Okay,thanks for the info.
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Re: Snipers
« Reply #158 on: February 03, 2010, 15:54:19 »
The sniper group as employed in Recce Sqn, 2 RCR BG, is doctrine and is part of all inf battalions.  Whether or not it's manned to 100% is another matter.

The Ninja snipers, on the other hand...
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Course Selection Process?
« Reply #159 on: August 06, 2014, 18:18:49 »
I remember in High School, I got to select which compulsory courses I got to attend after completing my career studies. Is there a similar process within the forces? I'd like to have some control over guiding my career, but I do not know the way courses are handled; is my course load just assigned to me based on what the forces need from me? Or do I get to select which courses I want to take.

The reason I ask is that I go through my BMQ in a month, then battle-school after that, then I become Infantry. MY goal in life has been leading to me being a part of a sniper team, and I have already passed the first two hurdles (getting in and getting my first choice, infantry).

I know I have 4 years to serve before I can become Cpl. Do I get to pick up courses during that time? Is there a course calculator with which courses are required for which Specialty trade?

If this is a repost please delete, just wondering where to start.
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Re: Course Selection Process?
« Reply #160 on: August 06, 2014, 19:10:12 »
For the first few years, you'll take the courses your told to. After a while, different courses may be offered to which you can apply. Doesn't mean you'll get picked though.

About everything you've asked about can be found by doing some searching and reading in the Recruiting Forum.

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Re: Becoming a Sniper (merged)
« Reply #161 on: January 20, 2015, 18:20:49 »
Great set of photos of the German countryside.  Don't read the captions - and try to spot the sniper in each one.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2015/01/20/simon_menner_camouflage_is_a_conceptual_look_at_snipers_in_germany_photos.html

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Sniper
« Reply #162 on: November 28, 2015, 19:07:54 »
Is becoming a sniper a reasonable goal?

How hard is it to become one?

What do you need to do to become one?

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Re: Sniper
« Reply #163 on: November 28, 2015, 19:15:18 »
1.  Yes
2.  The course can be challenging
3.  You must be in the Infantry, then selected for  Recce course.  Then if found suitable selected for the Sniper course. Pass the course and then asked to be part of the sniper cell.  You don't to be in Recce platoon at the time of being selected for the sniper course but it helps.
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Re: Sniper
« Reply #164 on: November 28, 2015, 23:29:29 »
I have highlighted the most pertinent segment from the "READ FIRST" thread in the "Ask a CAF Recruiter" forum, and will merge this series of posts into the "Becoming a Sniper (merged)" thread. It really is NOT hard to find answers to your questions on this Site. Snipers are expected to use their initiative. Start now. Get into the habit.

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