Basic sniper training at 6RAR

Soldiers from 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, showed no signs of nerves while undertaking phase two of the notoriously tough basic sniper training at Greenbank Training Area in the past month.

CAPTION: An Army rifleman from 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, fires the Blazer sniper rifle during the live-fire phase of the Basic Sniper Course at Greenbank Training Area, Queensland. Story by Captain Cody Tsaousis. Photo by Signalman Christopher Kingston.

A select group of soldiers tested their abilities across a range of distances and scenarios, overseen by exacting instructors, some with decades of experience.

The course has a low pass rate because of the high standards it requires, but that didn’t deter the trainees, who showed the confidence required to become top-class snipers.

For some, including Private Aaron Whale, the chance to train as a sniper fulfilled a lifelong dream.

“It was an excellent course. It was definitely a different learning environment to anything I’ve experienced in the Army before,” Private Whale said.

“There were a lot of opportunities to improve my soldier skills and it was a great experience.”

Instructors put the students through stress-based scenarios, which enhanced their ability to think quickly under pressure.

Sniper team leader Lance Corporal Reece Tomlinson said some of the trainees exceeded expectations.

“The soldiers are taught how to detect and identify targets that most people might miss.

“Snipers are required to be meticulous with their ability to analyse the battlefield,” Lance Corporal Tomlinson said.

“We had a great panel of students and they all worked at a high level and achieved above the required standard.”

CAPTION: Australian Army instructors from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, supervise students during the live-fire phase of the basic sniper course.





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3 thoughts on “Basic sniper training at 6RAR

  • 04/09/2022 at 9:11 am

    First four seconds show cocking with the opposite hand from the trigger hand? How often is that taught?
    Lower photo hardly indicates the range at which most snipers would operate.
    Does the woke community have a modern term for such personnel? Maybe “nominated obstacle clearance officer”?

    • 05/09/2022 at 11:14 am

      No, us woke community members still refer to them as Snipers.

    • 27/12/2022 at 2:18 am

      IMO: Shooter is propably left handed. It’s common that DoD/MoD have bought only standart (right-hand) variant of rifle based on more people tend to be right handed.


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