There’s nothing that makes 12 year olds on XBOX Live and the enemies of the United States of America more angry than USMC Scout Snipers. These guys will camp all day and night to surveil and shoot guys in the face from hundreds of meters away, whether they like it or not.
My first introduction to STA platoon was with the film Jarhead (2005). Believe it or not, Jake Gyllenhaal being miserable and hating his life as a Scout Sniper was a huge part of what drove me to joining the Marine Corps. I enlisted as an open-contract 0300 (infantry, undesignated) with the hopes of joining STA as soon as I got to the fleet.
That was, until I saw the Indoc…
At that point, I was already over the whole thing, counting the days to my EAS, and didn’t feel the need to add more weight to my pack (literally). Still, I occasionally dream about a life that could have been… Sitting in my own excrement for days at a time, waiting for that perfect shot.
Perhaps in the next life.