The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas has just released CALL Leader's Handbook No. 10-01, Commanders' Guide to Snipers Handbook. This publication will prompt and assist in maneuver company, battalion, and brigade commanders in making the best use of a special group of infantry and armor Soldiers we call "snipers."
Trained in the U.S. Army Sniper School at Fort Benning, Ga., these Soldiers bring two very important skills to the current operational environment: precision long-range marksmanship for lethal operations and highly refined observation and reporting for non-lethal operations.
The handbook is available on the CALL Website (http://call.army.mil
) to service members, Department of Defense civilians, and validated U.S. Government contractors. All handbooks, designed to fit into the cargo pocket of the Army combat uniform, contain hard-won information intended to assist Soldiers, leaders, and staff officers in preparing for combat.
This handbook is very timely. It comes on the heels of the newly released Field Manual 3-22.10, Sniper Training and Operations, and draws commander-specific guidance directly from that publication. It also reflects observations from more than one hundred Army snipers and their noncommissioned officer leaders who recently returned from duty in Iraq or Afghanistan.
These Soldiers made two important points: They want to be employed in their sniper skill set, either as shooters or observers; and they would like to have an effective sniper employment officer as their advocate at battalion or brigade level.
Established by the Army in 1985, CALL has the mission to collect, analyze, disseminate, integrate, and archive the Army's lessons learned. Although it is an Army organization, CALL customers include organizations in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational areas.
CALL has full-time analysts in the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) schools and centers, the combat training centers, and operational units in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United States. Their purpose is to enhance rapid information sharing and facilitate the integration of best practices and issue resolution across the Army.