Fort Benning to host 2012 U.S. Army International Sniper Competition

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Thirty-six two-man sniper teams from around the world will participate in the 2012 U.S. Army International Sniper Competition and Symposium from November 2 to 7.

The teams represent active-duty Army units, the Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon Defense Police, the San Diego police department and the countries of United Arab Emigrants, Canada, Germany and Ireland.

The competition will take place on the firing ranges on post and events will be conducted continuously over a 72-hour period.

The events will test competitors' physical fitness and mastery of sniper skills to include target detection, target discrimination, stalking, land navigation and marksmanship.

The competition will be preceded by a symposium focused on sharing tactics, techniques, procedures and lessons learned from subject matter experts who have recent combat experiences.

Many competition events are spectator-friendly. The event is open to the public. There is no admission fee and parking is free.

No vehicle access pass is required to enter the installation, although drivers and passengers in vehicles who are over the age of 16 will be asked to present identification at the access gate.

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