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I saw that there were five female Russian snipers in World War II. Are female snipers still used? [/b]
 

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Now i could be wrong but the only requirements to be a sniper is an expert marksman and pass the sniper school (not gender)
 

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They are not permitted in the US military, but I recall reading that the Isralies may use them. As for the former Russian block, I have no idea.
 

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In the US Military, women are still not allowed in the infantry, so no women snipers on the US Military side. There are several female snipers in law enforcement.

Now, in 3rd world countries, it is quite common for women to be snipers. They actually told us in sniper school that women make excellent snipers, as they do not have the same chivalry problems that men sometimes do. In other words, they have a much easier time killing soldiers unsuspectingly, etc.

There were a lot of women snipers in the USSR during WWII, there is just 5 listed on my list.

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According to SOTIC, most OPFOR snipers you encounter will be female.

Most nations prefer to keep women out of combat for a variety of reasons. Some of them include; The AVERAGE woman is weaker than the average man, and will not be able to keep up, Woman tend to have an adverse effect on a male's thinking. Someone in these forums quoted something that roughly pointed out that more men died while women were around. Possibly they were trying to out-preform and impress the women, or they were too busy looking out for them. Another small problem is logistics. It's hard enough to get soldiers all they need right now. Last thing they need to happen is another load of special women only equipment being shipped into the field.

Outside of the fact that it could effect my thinking and actions in the field (Hey, we all do those little things for women that we don't need to off the field, where they are perfectly capable and fine, much less in the middle of a war), I have no problems with women in combat units.
 

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I have explored the rationale for females not being in close-combat situations with men and agree with the last post. Now, moving to non-military operations, are there any women working as free-lancers, such as through Blackwater?
 

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About female snipers, they are becoming more common. My own instructor during sniper school is a woman who's a superb shooter and also a hunter. I also know that Germany have a number of female snipers in their federal border police units(The descendants of the GSG's. Only GSG9, with it's special role, retains the name).
 

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Mel:
what about females in the USMC, every marine is an infantryman right?
would a female marine be able to attend marine sniper school or not?
 

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NO female Marines in ANY "infantry" units. Although all marines are considered riflemen first, their subspeciality second, this does not permit someone outside of a infantry or special ops billit to apply for or be accepted into a sniper school or sniper school.
 

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Sub and Jeff are correct. The way the USMC does it (in most cases), is that they hold tryouts for STA platoons, then they select the top guys trying out (depending on how many slots to fill is how many they select). They only allow those from line units to try out, which does not include women. I believe there are some other criteria to meet in order to try out also.

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It's pretty easy to imagine a woman sniper :) I can already picture my girlfriend looking for a target...MAN! thye can be pretty cold when plinking away at men! :twisted:
 

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lakers20 said:
I have explored the rationale for females not being in close-combat situations with men and agree with the last post. Now, moving to non-military operations, are there any women working as free-lancers, such as through Blackwater?
What's Blackwater?

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