Hand grenades just got an upgrade. Normally, those little bundles of death are reserved for situations when you absolutely need to destroy everything in a small area, but a Marine veteran and former scout sniper found a way to improve on that design.
Due to the high washout rates at its sniper school, the Marine Corps is facing a “critical gap” in its number of trained snipers and is mulling changes to the training that could reduce attrition, according to Marine Corps Times.
On May 21, 2011, Sgt. Nathan Hervey, a scout sniper section leader with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was deployed to northern Musa Qala, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Hervey and his Marines were tasked with surveillance operations in the volatile district, when they became embattled in a heated firefight with insurgent forces transporting weapons that were to be used against a patrol base nearby.
In “Jarhead,” Sam Mendes’ 2005 film about the Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, “war is boring as hell” is perhaps more apt than the oft-touted saying, “war is hell.” One of the few war flicks that focuses more on the wait for action than combat itself, the film is based on the memoir by Anthony Swofford a Gulf War veteran and former Marine scout sniper.