Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
This will drive a buddy of mine batshit insane. He's former active army (now a reserves Captain in Texas; his boys were actually doing the run/gun training in Houston that got everyone all pissed off). It drives him nuts to hear people talk about 'snipers' as though its the only thing they do.
'Sniper' isn't really a role; it's a qualification given to the highest of the high speed. In essence, you take a SEAL (or some other high-end unit, depending on the branch) that was already qualified in all that stuff, you see that he is a crack shot, then you send him out to a long-distance range every day until he can shoot flees off a dogs ass.
A 'Sniper' is going to have all the training you're discussing. That guy was trained to do all of that stuff well before he was given a big !@#$ing rifle and told to lay still for awhile. And if they took his big !@#$ing rifle away, he'd be more than capable of gutting you with a rock while surviving off his own piss.
Sure, not like a sniper can't do anything else. I'm saying that it's not what he's doing. He's arming himself differently than that, his "mission" is going to be more complicated than that, and he has more knowledge of his targets than a sniper typically would.