Air Force Advanced Designated Marksman

Staff Sgt. David Schwartz looks down the barrel of an M-24 rifle at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 7, 2012. Schwartz is an advanced designated marksman with the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and is deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom)

Staff Sgt. David Schwartz looks down the barrel of an M-24 rifle at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 7, 2012. Schwartz is an advanced designated marksman with the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and is deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom)

USAF Advanced Designated Marksmen often provide base counter-sniper security. Armed with M24s or M107s and operating in 2-man teams, they are far closer to traditional snipers than infantry designated marksmen who are sharpshooters in a rifle squad and usually carry semi-auto accurized M14s or M16-based rifles.

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  1. So it looks as if the USAF is wearing multicam now. I think it will be funny when all the service branches end up with multicam. I always thought it was a good idea that all branches wore the same BDUs, and a complete waste when everyone, particularly the Navy and AF, adopted their own cammies.

    1. I didn’t understand what the Navy needed with camo at all, unless they’re fighting onshore like Seals or corpsmen.

        1. Except that most of the recruits think they look like tools in it.

          My little sister is in the Navy, and it sounds like the Navy digital is pretty universally derided. When she was out on small boats doing security, they were allowed to wear regular woodland, which everyone liked just fine.

  2. The Navy ashore doesn’t wear the blue camo — they wear the uniform of the service to which they are attached, so MARPAT if with the Marines or ACUs if with the Army. Good policy on their part, but it makes the blue uniforms even more silly, as they’re just worn on base or aboard ship. Who needs camo aboard a big grey ship?

  3. “Who needs camo aboard a big grey ship?”

    Chip enough paint and you’d want to become totally invisible.

    1. Oh, give it a rest. You’ll find Youtube packed with members of every service (yes, even Marines) clowning around with their weapons. At least the Zoomies you linked to were in a CATM classroom getting ready to go out on the range.

  4. That is my team lead. I was off to the side. That spotting scope doesn’t man itself. Oh and both his eyes are open.

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