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Roles in the Corps: Scout Snipers

Glod: My name is Corporal Jeffrey Glod. I'm a Scout Sniper Team Leader with the 1st Battalion 9th Marine, Scout Sniper Platoon. My job is basically to provide reconnaissance surveillance of the objective in support of the battalion and also to provide precision fires on selected targets in support of the battalion.

Male: Stand.

[Marines shouting]

Glod: Infantry is kind of an all-encompassing MOS. We're the ones you see on the news kicking in doors, exchanging fires with the enemy. I started as a machine gunner. That's the beautiful part about the Marine Corps is no position is ever locked. If you work hard, you show you're more willing to learn, more proficient and you continually increase your skills, you can move up quickly. Every aspect of training is a challenge. That's the best part about the Marine Corps is it's almost like every day you set a new personal goal for yourself that you strive to overcome. We work a lot with trying to find better ways to do what we already do, whether it be new training procedures or finding -- updating gear. A lot of new weapons training, as well. Lots of ranges. In our platoon we've worked with everything from pistols through sniper rifles through like squad automatic weapons and we've also done some demo. Scout sniper MOS is so multi-faceted beyond what most people recognize, that every day I have to come in and try to better myself in order to make sure that my team can execute the mission properly and be safe. As a scout sniper team leader especially, I rely on every aspect of the Marine Corps, everything from logistical support to things like getting our ammo drawn, getting our chow, being able to stage down here. All that requires coordinations with different branches, different MOSs, especially when we go out on a mission, we rely on everybody from pilots to intel Marines to supply Marines to infantry companies. Pretty much every aspect ties in specifically into our mission. In Iraq, I was in charge of a police turnover team, so I had 12 other Marines underneath me. I was responsible for everything from making sure the trucks were properly equipped and running to planning the missions that we were going on to reporting on the missions we were going on. And I guess when it really dawned on me that all these other Marines are looking to me for guidance, for proper execution of the mission, for making judgment calls in situations that can be very difficult, it really hits home how important what we do every day in training and, of course, in a combat situation is. I think the biggest thing is heart. You have to have a strong heart. You have to be willing and able to learn every day.