You can specialise as an OC of a Support Weapons Platoon, such as Anti Tanks/Machine Guns etc, but these are further on in your career following a stint as a Platoon Commander of a Rifle Pln.Thanks! Apart from general duties what can an officer specialise in?
You mean Call of Duty isn't just windage tables, cold rations and wrapping your mucker's shit in clingfilm? I now see why it's popular!Lads don’t think sniper is like call of duty. Its a very hard course to pass and most blokes in Sniper Plt are seasoned Paras who have earned their spurs, learned the trade as a quality soldier first, all over their fieldcraft and are good eggs. It’s way more than just shooting!
Forgot what I meant to add. There are two role exceptions that I know of, or at least have been in the past, and that's OC Sniper Wing at Brecon and Pirbright, who can do the course (spaces allowing). However, that is 1 posting per year across the entire Corps of Infantry. And they don't get to do the job, it's basically a perk justified by "leading by example". Also, I think those jobs are often taken by LEs, who may have been sniper qualled before commissioning. So in reality the answer is no.Can a Para Officer become a sniper? I’m interested in becoming an officer but worried that there is little opportunity to specialise? Can an Officer apply to be a sniper?
A fair question. Arguably, Officer role is a specialisation in its own right.Can a Para Officer become a sniper? I’m interested in becoming an officer but worried that there is little opportunity to specialise?
I think this is a very good way of looking at it. It's just not the kind of specialisation that many would like it to be.A fair question. Arguably, Officer role is a specialisation in its own right.