Once again the US Army Special Operations Command hosted their annual International Sniper Competition at the JFK Special Warfare Center located on Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. The competition is open to both military and law enforcement sniper teams and with the loosening of COVID restrictions, the competition this year featured a more international flavor once again, a nice departure from the past two years.
The competition took place over March 21-25th and as is normal for these competitions, it included a wide variety of different shooting conditions and fieldcraft challenges that tested the all around capabilities of the teams. In years past these competitions have offered a great opportunity for the various international teams to also work with each other, gaining valuable knowledge and insights into the tactics and capabilities of teams in other countries. This year it was especially poignant due to the ongoing conflict raging in Ukraine.
After all the rounds were fired and the tallies added up, the winning team was declared. For operational security the identities of the team members are not revealed, but here is the top twenty teams and their duty assignments.
- U.S. Army Special Operations Command
- 20th Special Forces Group
- U.S. Marine Corps Marine Advanced Sniper Course
- 1st Special Warfare Training Group
- 7th Special Forces Group
- 10th Special Forces Group
- 1st Special Forces Group
- 75th Ranger Regiment
- 3rd Special Forces Group
- Coast Guard
- The Netherlands
- 19th Special Forces Group
- Naval Special Warfare Seal Team 1
- NSW Advanced Training Command
- USMC 3rd Raider Unit
- U.S. Secret Service
Congratulations to the winning team and to all the competitors. Just competing is an honor among these elite teams. More importantly, stay safe and keep working together, both on the training grounds and on the battlefield.
No Canada? Some of my recce friends would love to have been there.
There could have been some Canadian teams as there were more than 20 teams competing. Just the top 20 are listed here.
How many women were competing? There have been many extraordinary female snipers in every war since the invention firearms. Google Lyudmila Mikhailovna. Ever hear of Annie Oakley? Bad ass Ladies.
As far as I know and can tell, there were not any. Historically there have been some great women snipers, but the numbers in the profession today remains low.