A sniper is an extensively trained soldier dedicated to shooting targets with modified rifles from long distances. A sniper is also skilled in camouflage, infiltration, stealth, and observation techniques. These soldiers are used in a variety of situations in the battlefield, most often as an observer.
Since the sniper is skilled in stealth techniques, he is the perfect person to enter into enemy territory to observe and report on the situation, including the size, strength and location of the enemy. He will relay this information to his superiors and gain a strategic advantage over the opposition.
Snipers can provide support for the infantry during assaults by concealing himself and removing any enemy who poses a threat. They also have the ability to dismantle an enemy force by taking out strategic targets, such as a helicopter or radio tower.
Military strategists refer to the sniper as a force multiplier, which means that he has the ability to inflict the same amount of damage as a larger force. In order to accomplish this, snipers always travel in teams of two, with one person acting as a spotter and the other as the shooter.
The sniper is and will continue to be an integral part of US military operations. God Bless our Snipers and all our Troops!