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And you are a Sniper! and You are a Sniper!…EVERYONE is a SNIPER! February 21, 2015

Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
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1marSSSchool (1)With the impending release of American Sniper, many of us in the Marine Sniper community cringed knowing that it would spawn a new group of posers and Stolen Valor idiots claiming to be snipers.  Well…we weren’t wrong.  Our secret Facebook pages (yes, we have ‘secret’ pages) have been filling up with stories of people claiming to be Marine Snipers (no doubt our Army, and Navy brothers are having the same issues).  Even Marines who legitimately served as Marines have been caught fraudulently claiming ‘sniper’ status.  We have caught Disabled Surfers, CEOs, and Bikers making the claims.  Here are some things you can ask and how you can quickly confirm if someone is legitimately a Marine Scout/Sniper or a poser..

  1. EVERY Marine Scout Sniper has graduated from, at a minimum, Marine Scout/Sniper School.  Some people are creative and will say things “attended Marine Sniper School”..etc.  Bottom line, if they have NOT graduated from Marine Scout/Sniper School they are NOT a sniper.  I don’t care if they have killed 3 people in one shot from over a mile away…no Scout/Sniper School…NO sniper.
  2. Being a member of a Scout/Sniper platoon or STA Platoon does not make one a Scout/Sniper.  There are numerous members of the unit that have not graduated from Scout/Sniper School.
  3. In addition to claiming ‘sniper’ or Recon/Ninja/SEAL/Delta/MARSOC status…we have a laundry list of posers now claiming ‘combat’ status.

There is a reservist running around who has graduated from Sniper school..but he is a reservist that has never seen combat or any overseas duty.  All of his pictures are from Sniper School but there is nothing from being ‘in theater’.  This is a dead giveaway.  Nothing wrong with being a ‘reserve rat’ but he is now claiming to be a combat vet…when asked his missions were soooo top secret that he cannot disclose.  Which brings me to some points/questions you can use to quickly ascertain their status.

If someone is claiming Scout/Sniper you should ask the following questions:

  1. “From what schoolhouse did you graduate and what was your class number?”  If they don’t know or refuse to answer…BINGO…they are a liar.  Every Scout/Sniper knows their class number and where they attended.
  2. “Which units did you serve with?”  Again, if they can’t/don’t answer…BINGO!  Poser!
  3. “Do you have a Combat Action Ribbon (CAR)?” For those claiming combat. If they say “Yes” ask “From where and when?”..If they claim that they were with some supersecret ninja unit, they are lying.

The last point relates the above.  When confronted I have found that 99% of posers will dig their heels in, double down, and become more intransigent.  In many cases, posers will say things like: “My DD214 does not show all of my schools or combat because I was doing classified missions.”…or…”My DD214 is classified.”….or…..”I can’t share my records with anyone because they are top secret..” or some other BS.

These excuses are all nonsense.  Any actual SEAL, SF, Scout/Sniper, MARSOC, Ranger, PJ, CCT, etc. is able to demonstrate that they are a member of the community.    Here is one of my own DD214’s  (I have 2 from split service) so you can see what they look like and where awards, schools, etc. are listed.  More importantly to show to posers that their DD214 will show the schools and combat..

Beware, many posers will take pictures from the Internet and claim to have ‘served with these men’ or…’this is my platoon’.  The Marine Reconnaissance Community and Scout/Sniper community is VERY small.  If someone is an actual sniper or recon Marine…someone will know them.

Finally, if you have a question about a suspected Poser…leave a comment on this page with your email and I will push the name through the “God Book’ and the community to see if they are actually a Scout/Sniper.


1. shane banks - January 30, 2018

Hey I have a person that I work with that is claiming to be a Marine scout sniper. And the best part is he is claiming that he told Hathcock in sniper school to screw off. Anyways I would love to debunk his claim to fame since he “can’t find his DD214”. My email is fedninja@gmail.com, if you can email you I will give you his name to forward up.

Chris Mark - January 31, 2018

He is full of shit. Send me his name.

2. Joe Cronin dean - February 6, 2018

I was in 3/6 STA in the early 80s, Graduated from SS Instructor School Quantico in May of ’83. When I got out of the Corps in the mid 80s I remember more than once being at a party with some jughead home for the weekend or whatever braggin about how he was a sniper. I would talk to them, non-confrontational like, and just ask them a few questions, they would always stumble over some answer that anyone that has been in the grunts or sniper trained would never get wrong. That happened 2 times the summer after I got out and to this day I don’t even bother telling people I was once a Marine Sniper. JD

Chris Mark - February 7, 2018

I was in 3/6 STA in the early 1990’s!. I agree with what you said. It is shameful. If you are on FB we have some private groups for Snipers/Recondos/SARCs. Find me if you are interested in an invite.

Joe Cronin dean - February 13, 2018


I thought I saw a mention of 3/6 while reading through some of the posts on your page. I was transferred out of STA in 1984 to the rifle range at Parris Island (Dog Line). I am on facebook and am friends with a few of the guys from 3/6 STA when I was there. I am also friends with a few guys that came after I left but who knew some of the guys I served with. With the turnover in the grunt battalions I doubt that anyone I knew would still be around in the 1990s. The S2 CO, Lt Katz was probably still around somewhere. He was a great guy, smart and tough, and if he was a lifer he was one of the good ones. Back to facebook, I am also friends with a couple of my instructors from Quantico and an Army Ranger that was in the class as well. We had 2 Rangers, a few Staff NCOs and even a butterbar in that class and at the time in was like the second best sniper school in the world,only the Brits had a better one (so we were told). I am friends with a bunch of my Grunt buddies as well and to be honest, I think I am more proud of being an 0311 than anything else. JD

3. Jonathan - February 9, 2018

There is a guy work with who claims to be a marine sniper i can give you a name through email

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