An Overview of the US Army Sniper School

Introduction The US Army Sniper Course trains selected military members assigned to sniper positions in the skills necessary to deliver long-range precision fire and the collection of battlefield information. Students will receive training in fieldcraft skills, advanced camouflage techniques, concealed movement, target detection, range estimation, terrain utilisation, intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB), relevant reporting… Read More


An Overview of the US Army Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course

Introduction United States Army Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course (RSLC) (formerly known as the Long Range Surveillance Leaders Course, or LRSLC) is a 29-day (four weeks and one day) school designed on mastering reconnaissance fundamentals of officers and non-commissioned officers eligible for assignments to those units whose primary mission is to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance,… Read More

An Overview of Special Reconnaissance

Introduction Special reconnaissance (SR) is conducted by small units, such as a reconnaissance (recon) team, made up of highly trained military personnel, usually from special forces units and/or military intelligence organisations. Special reconnaissance teams operate behind enemy lines, avoiding direct combat and detection by the enemy. As a role, SR is distinct from commando operations,… Read More

A Brief Overview of the Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol

Introduction A long-range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP), is a small, well-armed reconnaissance team that patrols deep in enemy-held territory. The concept of scouts dates back to the origins of warfare itself. However, in modern times these specialised units evolved from examples such as Rogers’ Rangers in colonial British America, the Lovat Scouts in World War One,… Read More

What is Reconnaissance by Fire?

Introduction Reconnaissance by fire (recon by fire), also known as speculative fire, is a warfare tactic used in which military forces may fire on likely enemy positions to provoke a reaction, which confirms the presence and the position of enemy forces. Refer to List of Military Tactics. World War II Reconnaissance by fire was widely… Read More

Want to be a Special Observer?

The British Army’s long-range reconnaissance experts are looking to boost their ranks with a fresh intake of determined recruits. Personnel serving with 4/73 Special Observation Post Battery, 5th Regiment, Royal Artillery operate unsupported and in small teams deep in the battlespace, where they set up hidden positions to gather information on enemy activities. The next… Read More

What was the 1969 EC-121 Shootdown Incident?

Introduction On 15 April 1969, a United States Navy Lockheed EC-121M Warning Star of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) on a reconnaissance mission was shot down by a North Korean MiG-21 aircraft over the Sea of Japan. The plane crashed 90 nautical miles (167 km) off the North Korean coast and all 31 Americans… Read More