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A TALE OF ME | A Marine Scout Snipers journey through the Marine Corps.

so I just got done running a 5k and I’m
gonna go get cleaned up and when I get back we’re gonna talk about how I got
from there to here mostly concerning survival and military
training so stick around rustling petropolis that is grass right …..
broad chicken alright folks check this out this is
probably gonna be a long video so grab a beer grab a seat settle in and I’ll walk
you through it what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna discuss my career from start to
finish and what got me from where I started to where I am now not on YouTube
but in life in general we’ll start with high school so when I
was in high school all I wanted to be was a graphic artist that’s it my whole
life was devoted to art and and photography and all the things that
would go into into graphic arts so wanting to be a graphic artist I of
course went and saw training in graphic arts so I went to the local college
while in my senior year of high school and I took graphic arts
I took a couple of semesters of graphic arts and thought that’s what I wanted to
do but then in my senior year I had an opportunity to do a book report and the
book that I used was 93 confirmed kills it was the story of Carlos Hathcock in
Vietnam and that was it that’s basically a defining line in my
life I wanted to be a Marine sniper so I joined the Marine Corps after high
school and pushed on through boot camp went out as an infantryman I came
through boot camp after boot camp I got I came home and got married and then
went off to the school of infantry marine combat training so I went through
the weeks of marine combat training graduated that no problem moved on to
the school of infantry which is like the advanced a school for for the marine
riflemen right there the Nama marine riflemen at this point I’m a young kid I
just graduated high school essentially got through boot camp and now I’m a
marine riflemen I got stationed with 3rd battalion 1st
Marines on Camp Pendleton and I started training I’ve worked day and night any
time I had any free time I trained I learned sniper knowledge I
would pester the sniper platoon and they’d give me no cards and they’d give
me a little publication they’d be like yeah study this study that and I worked
as hard as I could to be the best infantryman I could be so that when the
time came I would have an opportunity to be a sniper what that did was it burned
me because I ended up being I ended up being good enough that they wouldn’t
they didn’t want to let me go so they never let me go take the sniper end up
what they did do is they gave me a consolation prize and they sent me to
marksmanship instructors school so I got to go to marksmanship instructor school
and I got to spend a lot of time on the range coaching people I probably coached
hundreds if not thousands of people to shoot rifle and pistol because of that
school so that was really cool but that was not the goal so I got out in the
Marine Corps I went home to Michigan and I got a job
and I had a family to support so I got another job and it wasn’t enough so I
got another job so a point there I was working three jobs but I still hadn’t
accomplished that goal so I joined the reserves up in Detroit and I joined the
reserves stay platoon and I stay which is the sniper platoon it’s surveillance
and target acquisition Inc and so I joined the sniper platoon and started
training with them and realized real fast that I knew more than most of them
because there weren’t a lot of people in that Petunia had actually been to sniper
school it was a reserve platoon in the middle of Detroit I got bored with that
I got I got sick and tired of working three jobs and I loaded my whole family
on a truck and right back to California when I was in California I worked as a
machinist because I had a little bit of machinist training from high schools as
well I worked as a mechanic I worked at a nuclear machine shop for a while they
had a nuclear plant in the machine shop for a little while and then finally
decided to take the plunge and I re-enlisted back into the Marine Corps
when I got to my new battalion which happened to be 2nd battalion 1st Marines
they immediately demoted me from corporal to Lance Corporal so I had to
earn that back so I went up for a meritorious board I got corporal again
there was a sniper indoctrination coming up so I signed up for it and I went to
it my battalion said I could not go Lyne anyway and it turns out that 21
people signed up 11 showed up and only two of us past that indoctrination so
they fought for me from the battalion and pulled me into the sniper platoon
the person who did that was my platoon sergeant robberies MO so I went to the
sniper platoon keep in mind the timeline I read rien listed in December of 99
January 2000 I was at my new duty station February 2000 I earned corporal
meritoriously in April of 2000 I was in a sniper platoon and training for sniper
school fast forward to the end of that year September of 2000 and I graduated
sniper school on my first try so now I’m a Marine sniper I’ve accomplished my
mission and it feels real hollow like there’s more that has to be done so I go
back to the sniper platoon and you got to understand when you’re a young
infantryman you’re always you’re always told to teach classes teach classes
teach classes and sit in classes whenever there’s downtime whenever we’re
sitting around waiting on somebody to get their head out of their ass and do
their job or teaching classes to each other but I always seem to gravitate
towards teaching survival classes because I had a background in that and I
grew up in the woods and I kind of knew that stuff and I was real passionate
about the woods and survival techniques I wasn’t I wasn’t like an authority at
that point but I was real passionate about it and that was enough for me to
teach a hip-pocket class whenever we needed one so in teaching the survival
classes my platoon sergeant thought that he would do me a solid and he sent me to
survival school not sere school but survival school up on the mountain
so in January 2002 I graduated the mountain survival course for the marine
corps at the mountain warfare training center and that sign right there was
above the door of the classroom it said survival many years later they changed
all the signs that when I left there they gave it to me so that’s really cool
so I’m in the platoon and now I’m a survival guy anything that the two needs
if they’re building survival kits or prepping gear or there’s a survival plan
I’m always involved in that I’ve always helped them make the right decisions and
keep everything flowing as far as survival goes and that kind of blended
into the fieldcraft porches there’s a lot of
other things that we need to know about camouflage and concealment and movement
and that’s all field craft so that kind of dipped into the survival realm and
that ended up being kind of my specialty for a while in the platoon was survival
in field craft push it on a little bit longer I’ve been in the petunia a while
I’ve kind of her in my place as a team leader and they send me to Quantico
Virginia for a scout sniper instructor school and the first portion of that was
the Potemkin Anders course so now I’m qualified as a scout sniper to Commander
after two commanders course it rolled right into the scout sniper advanced
course for the scout sniper instructors course kind of changes names
occasionally and entered into that so in July I graduate the scout sniper
advanced course so now I’m going to ban scout sniper when you think that that’s
like the top of the list but it’s not so going through multiple training we did
some training in bridgeport we went to the high angle shooting package it
wasn’t a formal school then so there is no certificate for it but but it was a
really cool course pushing on in the same platoon I think we had a deployment
in there and when we came back from deployment there was more training and
here is Special Operations training groups urban sniper course that’s cool
that was a really intense shooting package and it had a lot of really good
information especially the urban portions where we would train and we
would go into the cities they do reconnaissance through the cities which
led into urban reconnaissance and surveillance the two courses are kind of
joined at the hip it’s kind of like you go through wanting than the other or
whichever so urban reconnaissance and surveillance that was cool course it’s a
lot picking all kinds of really neat stuff so you can get into buildings and
set up a sniper hide and then sneak back out without anybody knowing you were
there really really cool level training it’s not a Special Operations training
group anymore SOT G it is now SMT B special missions
training branch and the names probably changed again since I got out there
since I moved on so I finished my time with this with the platoon
time first Marines and I applied for a spot to teach at the first Marine
Division Scout Sniper school I already had a sniper instructor certification so
all I had to do was apply and get accepted so they talked to my platoon
sergeant reviewed my record no trouble no disciplinary action so they accepted
me to be a sniper instructor and I immediately took over the field craft
survival and marksmanship for the big 50 Cal portions of a course and that’s
where I stayed the whole time I was there at the three years I was teaching
there I stayed on field craft survival and a couple other minor skills and then
aided other instructors in their in their field like everybody’s got their
pride all the instructors have their primary field that they teach and then
they have is they have aid other instructors they come in and help them
so thus instructor student ratio is correct anyway I get picked up in Scout
Sniper school as an instructor below and they send me to formal schools and stuff
this course so this is the marine corps equivalent to getting a teacher’s degree
this is what says that I’m qualified to stand in front of people and teach a
course according to the marine course doctrine and the way that they lay out
the program of instruction is so there we go so now I’m a formal instructor at
the Marine Scout Sniper school you know does it get any better
so I teach there for a while and then when that time was up I rolled on to
Thurber time first Marines which was my first unit but I went back there as the
tuned sergeant of the scout sniper platoon rather than just an infantryman
so it was kind of cool everything kind of came back together in one solid piece
hmm while they’re being so involved into field craft portion of everything myself
and another sniper who was teaching at the 1st Marine Regiment marksmanship
training unit he and I got together and we put together a man tracking course
and for that course we brought in tactical tracking operations school
Davis got Donnellan and his and sir to run a man tracking course just for
the sniper and recon platoons around that area so we ran this course
successfully and then we ran another course after that where he and I Freddie
and I were Co instructors and Fredo suna now runs greenside training and I think
it’s done events in Arizona a tracking school does some survival and some other
really cool stuff so that’s tactical tracking operations school that’s a
certificate from graduating and man tracking course and at that point my
platoon most of my platoon had graduated it even in my platoon commander so we
essentially had a sniper platoon with upwards of 23 qualified trained man
trackers so we had probably one of the most qualified tracking platoons in the
entire u.s. Arsenal for a little while there which is really cool
December 14 2007 the battalion had some requirements not really survival or
anything related but I thought I would show that I went to the motorcycle
safety foundations Rider coach prep course so now I am a rider coach and I
can teach motorcycle safety according to motorcycle safety foundations do dad but
prior to going to this course the reason it’s important is because I went to the
Marine Corps Scout motorcycle course which was intense for what it was it
dropped 50% of the students and it was all learning about how to ride in dirt
bikes across the desert and a baby enemy and not kill yourself it was a really
cool course and it’s one of my mobility options now no you know at this point in
my career I can drive a Humvee and I can run run these motorcycles and I can run
military quads and you know that was pretty cool so that was kind of a nice
step right there so now I’m with this platoon were in 2008 I’m with the
spittoon and I found out that there’s this like survival group gathering thing
going on up in Sequoia so I contacted the people Alan how can I do McClain and
Christopher new urges that were running this thing called dirt time so I went to
dirt time had a blast learning learning and meeting people and that’s where I
met Ron one of my mentors met him in 2008 at
dirt time had no idea who he was and we just kind of everybody was kind of
looking like he was a superstar I’m like hey man I’m Dave you know what do you do
music hood and I was like oh okay cool and then we started talking a little bit
and he took me back to his trailer and Karen hood brought us out of beer and we
sat there on the porch we found out right then and there that we clicked
really good and we started talking about festivals and slingshots and we ended up
throwing rocks into the creek and trying to hit other rocks and just had a great
time and from that point we stayed in contact pretty close we talked to each
other pretty often and and became really good friends after that and then fast
forward to the next dirt time on nine myself and at this point you know nine I
had just migrated to the mountain warfare training center to teach to
teach the mountain scout sniper course or to run the mountain scout sniper
course and found out at that point at the survival course that I previously
attended in 2002 was no more that they’d shut it down lack of funding lack of
participation that sort of thing but the essential thing was for that course to
not run jeopardize the reconnaissance course that they had on the mountain
because that was part of the requirement for the reconnaissance Marines to be up
there was to teach that course so what I did was I got together with my staff and
got some reconnaissance Marines in there and so the snipers and the Recon and
myself we’ve rebuilt the course from the ground up trying to stick to the old
format but adding new information and just rebuilt the entire mountain
survival course from scratch we got it approved by Training Command and and
that was that but there was a lot of steps that we had to do in order to
start running the course even though we got it approved and back on the docket
so a little later in that year in 2009 two of my instructors and myself went to
derp time oh nine and we instructed a course on man tracking and we didn’t
really cover the point of the course wasn’t to teach people how to
you know goby you know killer trackers in the jungle the point was to teach
people that it’s a really complicated skill with a lot of margin for error so
keep track of your kids that was kind of the whole idea behind us teaching it was
that you’re not going to get on the internet watch a couple videos and then
go out and be a man tracker so you get to let your kids run around everywhere
in the woods until they get lost because you can track them so we just wanted to
make that point these skills aren’t absorbed through osmosis they actually
have to be learned and practiced and maintained so that was the idea behind
the course kind of a subtle underhanded way to teach it and and it went well and
it was well received and we got we all got a little certificate the other
instructors that were with me were adjustable Robinson who is now deceased
he’s out of 2011 in a sniper ambush in Afghanistan and Tony powers who is out
of the Marine Corps and doing his own thing I talked to him once in a while
and and he seems to be doing good but he’s not involved in survival anymore so that was their time on nine so now
I’m up on the mountain and we get this course approved by T comm and Training
Command and they want to open the course up because of the reason it got shut
down was a lot of lack of participation so they wanted to open that
participation up to other nations so in order for them to give the thumbs up to
to get the course really heavy rolling they wanted somebody to begin an
internationally certified so you know of course I raise my hand I’ll go do it you
know I’m the staff and CEO in charge of the schools so I might as well take this
hit and and honestly I don’t think anybody else want it to go so they were
more than happy to send me to Norway to the norwegian school of winter warfare
and that was in september 2009 i graduated part 1 of the international
survival mission evasion resistance and escape instructors training so so I come back to the mountain and now I
have part of that certification done but I’m still not certified to teach on the
mountain at the Mount warfare training center see there’s a certain number of
skills that you’ve got to have in order to lead troops over a what do they call
it a compartmentalized mountainous terrain or some that’s some weird name
for it but in the mountains you have to be certified in order to complex
compartmentalize mountainous terrain yeah that’s what it was in order to get
those skills you had to be a winter and summer qualified mountain leader so as
soon as I got back from that course remember I graduated that course in
Norway in September of oh nine and then November of oh nine I graduate winter
Mountain Leaders course so I came back from that course basically changed my
clothes grabbed my pack I went straight into winter Mountain Leaders course now
that the courses you know on on track to get run the Marine Corps and its
infinite wisdom decided that I was not allowed to train this instructors for
the course that I had to contract someone to come in and certify us to
train the instructors so we’re on putting a bid and he won the bid there
were a couple other bidders but nobody that was remotely qualified so Ron won
the day he came up we did some some time in the mountains with me the instructors
and Ron hood had a great time killed some animals survived off the land
weather – snow storm even when rangecontrol told us hey you guys got to
come down we’re like come get us buddy we’re staying so we got through all of
that and we got certified through the woods Master advanced mountain survival
skills course advanced mountain instructors or advanced mountain
survival instructors so now we’re certified to teach it but I’m still not
certified as a Red Hat a qualified winter and summer mountain leader okay
my mistake I read the search wrong so actually the first course that I went
through was summer mountain Leaders course in September and that’s what
taught tourists tactical rope suspension training and Alpine we went up to an
Alpine level and did that in the summer and the reason you train alpine in the
summer is because there’s not a bunch of snow load over the crevasses so if you
train over the crevasse in the winter you really never know where there’s a
snow bridge and where you might fall into a crevasse we jumped into crevasses
but we roped up and did some rescue and stuff like that but you train out when
you’re training out behind you train Alpina this summer so that was the
summer course and then we did the survival instructor training and after
that move into February of 2010 the next year and I was graduating the winter
Mountain Leaders course so we taught the winter course in February because it was
a lot of snow and this is the one that gives you the give me the military ski
or certification and we only ski Telemark so there’s my winter military
skier certification and my winter mountain leaders and that qualified me
as a full on RedHat you know you might see pictures they’re wearing a red
baseball cap or a red beanie the instructors up at the moment of our
training center those are full qualified winter and summer mountain leaders and
they also have some special first-aid training and some mount communications
training and some other things that are essential to being up there but those
are the two main main points so graduate that course immediately pack my gear and
roll back to Norway for part two of the international sear in structor course
and this would be the winter section and they actually had to delay it by a
couple of weeks because when the course was supposed to pick up the winter was
just too intense they couldn’t run a course with the blizzards and stuff that
they had going on so as soon as that storm season died down we went straight
into the winter portion in Norway and this was taught they were both taught in
north of the Oslo in a place called Alva Rome was where the base the main camp is
and we trained and learned around there around that basic area so there’s my – –
of the International serum structor course
Namah certified international survival evasion resistance and escape instructor
so that means that when T comm opens my course upon the mountain that we can
have foreign students so we’ve had a lot of foreign students come through at
least under my watch and it was kind of cool so there’s that so we’re running
our courses were running the mountain scout sniper course or running the
mountain survival course and then you know opportunities come up for for later
training one of those opportunities I jumped on I got to get my rock level 2
certification and Rock – we went to a place called Lover’s Leap in Kellen in
strawberry California and we trained – when we had to be able to lead climb up
to about a five eight five nine Yosemite scale and be able to you know set a
route that troops could follow and and that was a pretty interesting and fun
experiment experience their climbing at Lovers Leap and the instructors that
taught this course were contacted by the Marine Corps and they were all-american
mountain guide Association instructors so that everything we did was in keeping
with the AMG A’s guidebook at that time so Rock level – so after I been up there
a couple of years I got orders off the mountain down to Mississippi to be the I
don’t know I still don’t know the Job Description
I was the Gunny attached to a battalion of Navy CDs and it was absolutely
miserable nothing against the Seabees but that was not my world to go down
there and hang out with a bunch of construction workers and to top it off
when I got there they didn’t know what battalion to send me to so they sent me
to one battalion and then that battalion ended up not doing an overseas
deployment it was going to do a deployment stateside which is like
building bases and crap so they temple owned me they signed me
out and loaned me to another battalion that was going to Afghanistan which was
cool with me but I had essentially two weeks notice after just getting to this
new place down south completely different than anything that I’m used to
settling in my family getting my kids in school and then they gave me two weeks
notice and I’m gone for ten and a half months to Afghanistan but at the time of
Seabees that I don’t even know but I just got to know the other ones before
they loaned me out was a very weird time we ended up having
a good deployment we didn’t lose anybody and you know that was all right well
while I was down in Mississippi when I got back from that deployment I decided
that I wanted to learn a little bit more about communications because truth is
without being a sniper and being on the mountain I kind of yearned for picking
up a radio and talking on the radio so I went ahead and I went to the amateur
radio testing thing and I got my amateur radio license so now I’ve got a ham
license and then I went ahead later on and I transferred and got a custom
callsign for a whiskey v n RM for those of you that are hams out there
whiskey v n RM so that was kind of like the straw that broke the camel’s back
for me I figured that if the Marine Corps didn’t need me to do what they had
trained me all these years to do then I was ready to go so I dropped my papers
for retirement it was approved I retired out of Mississippi and immediately moved
to Idaho and the reason I ended up in Idaho is because when I was down in
Mississippi my mentor Ron hood died he had a heart attack in his sleep partly
due to complications he was having with fighting cancer then he got from Agent
Orange from Vietnam so it’s a whole big mess so he died and I came up here for
his funeral but you know I’m just a broke-ass marine and I got a money so
rather than get a hotel and everything I just I flew up here I rented a car and
that was it and I brought my sleeping bag and my jurgen sheet and I basically
just drove around the lake and just kind of a side road I could get I kind of
drove off the side of the road and just crashed out and camped in the bushes for
the week that I was up here for his funeral that happened it’s a book
factory down there in Post Falls the morning of his funeral I had actually
gotten up went found a creek who washed in the creek put on my dress uniform and
then went to his funeral and I decided at that point that any place in the
country where I do that or I could just throw my gear
out in the woods and hang out and be cool and nobody cares and it’s all it’s
all copacetic that’s the place I wanted to retire to so you know fast forward
another year and I’m up for retirement and this is where I came so we packed up
all of our stuff and came here and this is where I’m at being here being retired
got really really boring really fast you know I’ve been retired five years now
and I spend a lot of time just kind of doing whatever I wanted to do but I
don’t have that that overwhelming goal anymore like I had in the Marine Corps
there was always just something there was always one more step that I had to
reach for and I couldn’t find it so I went ahead and used some of my GI Bill
money and I went to Royal tine guide & Packer school in Montana so I went down
there and I learned how to pack animals having be a big-game hunting guide you
know backcountry mobility how to take care of horses and animals in the
backcountry how to put a shoe on if he got thrown off you know all the
important skills that you would think a packer would need as well as a big-game
hunting guide who would be guiding clients and on some pretty wery big game
like elk and and it was a fantastic course and I intend to go back for some
of their other horses but that was it whirl time and it kind of filled a hole
for me because I left the mountain on such a quick notice that I didn’t have
an opportunity to attend some of the other courses that I wanted to attend
like the military mule Packers course so this was nice for me because that was
kind of one of them little mini goals and I never got a chance to accomplish
it but then I got a chance to accomplish it so now I’m a packer so now I’m a
Packer big-game hunting guide I’m hunting elk up here I’m not guiding
because I’d never really had the desire to do that but I wanted to know how to
do it so I’m hunting kill me some L you know kill me some deer every year guide
my kids and my wife on them and that’s really cool but that doesn’t really it
doesn’t satisfy my need to continue training so I remembered when I was a
guide school a friend of mine one of the other students he’s a friend now I told
me that he went to school in Montana to learn how to build saddles so I thought
well that sounds pretty cool have any horses but I’d love to know how
to build a saddle so I contacted the school and I went to school and I
graduated from the Montana Horseman saddle building school so now the way I
do it or the way I figured it is that since I am a knife maker if I can build
a saddle then I can build a sheath better than most people that are doing
it that was my justification for going and
that’s why I went and I graduated graduates with honors and not everyone
says that you got to earn that so I graduated with honors from the
Montana Horseman saddle building school and I loved it so much that I sent my
wife so now she is also a saddle builder and if you want to see our saddles they
go to survive ecology 101 on the Instagram and scroll all the way to the
bottom because I started my Instagram account while I was in saddle school and
it kind of shows a lot of detail of the build of my saddle and and I think
there’s a couple pictures of my wife’s saddle in there as well
so so that’s like all the nuts and bolts of the schooling and training that stack
was about this big I’ve got another stack like this of all the little mini
schools and little courses and correspondence courses and all that
other stuff that you have to do to survive in the military and but I didn’t
think they were real essential to what this video was supposed to be about and
I can only talk so long so while I was in at the mountain in a little bit of
free time that I had I started making knives in my garage it was Thanksgiving
Day 2010 I made my first night and I used basically a big chunk of broken
machete blade and some wooden furniture legs and I put together a knife and I
still have it it’s still a working knife it’s pretty cool and then over the years
I’ve kind of developed it and I made a lot of knives in Mississippi mostly
dealing with the stress of not being around the Marines anymore but being
around the Navy which I did not join the Navy so that was stressful for me and so
I started making knives that was kind of how I would just beat out my
frustrations and I’ve continued to do that since I’ve been up here a little
less now but I also have I have a knife design this one here behind me when I
first got these knives made this top one here
was made by Luke Swenson a knife maker out of Texas and I had sent I carved a
wooden one and I sent it to Ron hood and I said what do you think of my knife
design this is why I just filed these different parts of it and he’s like
really my opinion doesn’t matter he never told me if you liked it or not he
told me his opinion didn’t matter because that was the right knife for me
I thought well that’s pretty cool but kind of vague to fast forward about two
more months down the road and I get this package in the mail from Ron and I
opened the package and it is this handmade custom knife and then the
larger Big Daddy version of it that I do and Ron heads seen it upon himself he
just he and I were good friends and he knew that that’s something that I really
wanted to see come to light so he had contracted Luke to make me that knife
and send it to me and if you look all the way down on my YouTube you’ll see me
testing it out I didn’t know what I was doing I was just kind of beating on
trees with it I mean I knew how to use it knife but I
didn’t know how to do videography and how to do a proper gear review or
anything like that but those are the two knives and they were sent to me from Ron
and in the blade is etched to Norseman from Ron hood and once they left
Mississippi and I retired I made myself a dress blue version that’s got a black
blade blue handles with red liners and a black sheath with some white stuff on it
and you can actually see that version of the knife is in knives Illustrated did
an article on my shop in this version which is top knife makers of 2016 and it
would be March April 2016 is that one and in the back sure enough that’s the
knife I made myself for retirement and a few other knives that I’ve made and a
little article kind of a Q&A with me in knives Illustrator which was pretty cool
so somewhere in that little gap of time I had gotten in touch with Mike fuller
at tops knives and Mike liked my design and he wanted me to send one so I sent
him an exact copy of that one except the handles were black and he took that in
prototype he did a laser edge is that one in the middle that’s a laser etched
piece of would that he sent to me to make sure
that the dimensions were correct and everything added up and I said good to
go and he went into production and this is the hog four-point-five from tops
knives USA number zero zero one a few years down the road they did a special
edition in the Black River wash with some custom handle scales and and
whatnot and this is number zero zero one of that custom so this is like the
lineage the story behind the hog for point five I also have another I also
have another design with tops knives which is the snap tool which is a little
kind of an interesting little blade that fits into an Altoids tin so you’ve got
kind of a functional blade in there instead of like a little mini one or a
folding razor blade well something else I’ve done since I’ve retired is I write
a little bit so in knives Illustrated I did a review of a bench made knight
which is pretty cool and I was illustrated again this issue was shot
show special hot at shot the best new the best knives and tools and there I am
there’s my knife my top sniper version of on the page of the best ad shot so
that was pretty cool I also wrote an article for uh for American Survival
Guide stay alert stay alive all about situational awareness and applying it to
your daily routine soon after run hood certified the instructors on the
mountain when he went back home to Idaho he started a magazine called survival
quarterly as you can guess that means four magazines a year and I had written
generally the lead if not the first then the second article in every single
edition of survival quarterly until the magazine stopped being produced
so three years three seasons now the reason I’m telling you all that is
because when I set my mind at a goal I’m gonna frickin do it and that’s that if
this stack are all the checkpoints I’m a long and improbable and incomplete tale
then this stacker all the bullshit Awards blood death eyes alone failures
and all-out derailment in short roadblocks and distractions oh yeah and
what about the 5k I run two to five miles every single day so that I can go
to bed at night and know that I am stronger faster and harder to kill than
I was when I woke up I have more 141 and then I became rich in wisdom and insight
the evolved and well learned one word led me to another word one work to
another work till the hollow my friends don’t forget to subscribe and I will see
you on the next one

58 thoughts on “A TALE OF ME | A Marine Scout Snipers journey through the Marine Corps.

  1. Norseman, thank you very much for going into depth from the beginning of your journey. It's truly awesome to see that you read Carlos' book and were inspired to become and achieve the dream you had in mind. I had the same dreams after reading that book but never had the courage to try and go for it. Much respect man, seriously. What a journey and all the auxiliary skills you picked up along the way. That's awesome you kept an open mind to learn new things along the way. Pisses me off to see these damn athletes that get paid MILLIONS disgrace the country that gives them their dream and pays them well. Yet they wouldn't ever come close to any of the accomplishments you've attained for way less of the pay. I saw it once somewhere, "A rich man isn't defined by his wealth but by his life experiences." I wish I had the chance to learn from you while you were here in MS, that base isn't too far from me. Thank you for your service and I'm positive there were a ton of sacrifices along the way. Much respect again!

  2. Semper Fi, awesome story! Also gives me a video to refer the civilians who think all Marines are knuckle dragging mouth breathers. Like the AllFather, we are seekers of knowledge!

  3. Thanks for posting this vid. Good insight and advice about upcoming retirement after 29 years as a deputy sheriff.

  4. Thats one hell of a journey my friend! Angel is an extremely patient women! LOL !! Your determination and focus is something to be admired! Teresa and I are extremely happy to have met you both and your awesome family! To think I was just hunting,fishing,and drinking beer the hole time you got to do some cool kick ass stuff!!

  5. Bro, awesome vid. Still have that OG shadow man knife you made. It's getting willed to my oldest son. Also love the RS flag in the back. Always beside you.

  6. Awesome video. I wouldn't expect you to remember me but we met at Dirttime in Sequoia. ( Our lives couldn't be more different. Those are some really impressive credentials you have. Sounds more impressive — and more challenging — and more fun — than my four masters degrees! Really cool. I am glad you made this video: someday it will be priceless to your children. Best wishes for a happy life in Idaho.

  7. That's what I wanna do a marine scout sniper I learned a lot from this video because I never knew how much marine scout sniper branches of

  8. Say Gunny

    Did you all use issue Boots mostly on the Mountain?
    In cold weather did you use liner socks and non issue wool socks?
    What type of pack did you favor?
    Ever use the Wiggys Bags?

  9. its interesting, i came to your channel because of a axe but knew something was different. after watching this i realize im around another Marine! i was a 0351 in 3/6 WPNS CO 03-2011. Semper Fi brother!

  10. Can't find that reaper on the mountain insignia in the video again anyone got a timestamp? It was the mountain scout sniper I believe

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  12. No fucking shit, you were in the 1/24 Marines STA Platoon?! It certainly is a small Marine Corps! I have great respect for you and for all that you’ve accomplished in your career. I’m with 1/24 Charlie Co. and am hoping to join the STA platoon. I’ve already run the Indoc once and even though I didn’t quit I didn’t have what they were looking for. Still, I’m motivated to go back, try again and put out a better performance when the next Indoc rolls around so I can join the platoon and work towards going to Scout Sniper school

  13. Glad I stumbled across this video. Glad to support a fellow devil. 1/5 Wpns Fallujah and Ramadi. Keep up the hard work. Semper

  14. God imagine going from being an army intelligence officer, to being a marine scout sniper, you’d be able to gather information, know exactly what to do with it, and execute all in one package. It would be very badass.

  15. Thanks for a fascinating overview of your "walk". I am curious about what exactly they had you doing with the Seabees in Afghanistan. From my perspective you got a raw deal. For the record, I was a corpsman–8404– with a grunt platoon in Nam in 1968. I was with the 1st Bn 1st Marines. Yes, I know, I am as old as dirt. Fortunately, I haven't yet been covered with dirt.

    I will, certainly, be watching your channel and future exploits.

  16. Just subbed and bought a Kershaw Camp Tan 10 straight off the back of Your review, am working My way through Your videos, Cheers from across the pond from a Bushcrafting Plumber!

  17. Typical Marine Corps on not using their most valuable assets properly. How are they going to send one of their most highly trained scout sniper to baby sit a bunch of squids, that is just comical. Nonetheless thanks for being one of the great ones.

  18. i'm currently stationed with 3/1 india co. 2nd platoon also. I just finished the STA screener last week and im still waiting on a call to see whether or not i got accepted, but nonetheless the video was rad and insightful thank you.

  19. I’m from Detroit and going to boot in September to become a Marine. Planning on becoming a scout sniper as well. I like your videos and glad I cam across your channel. 👍🏻

  20. I’ve always wanted to be part if the scouts and be apart of that brotherhood that some could only dream of having however I am small and weak with only 2 years left of school. I think being a diesel mechanic in the usmc is a much better fit for me.

  21. Sir, how do you think the Marine Corps can better improve recruiting, development, and retention of Scout/ Snipers? What are some of the problems you see in the 0317 community that you think HQMC could fix so that we stop losing good Marines to the Army?

  22. Hello sir, I was wondering what was your pft score and your build for the time you went through indoc? Did you spend a lot of your own time running and rucking?

  23. Really considering this. But question. Is being a sniper considered special forces? So does that mean you have to do recon training as well?

  24. Such an amazing story sir! Much respect, from one Michigan raised Marine rifleman to another. I'm proud to admit you inspired me to look into what exactly the Marine Corps has to offer.

  25. Very impressive. Quite a career. It seems the military didn’t use you to your full potential. Hard to believe they would assign you to a CB battalion. Thanks for your service. I’m also a hunter and outdoorsman not as accomplished as you of course but I’m alway on the lookout for another good knife I will be checking out your blades

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