Special Operations Target Interdiction Course – Memorandum of Instruction

MEMORANDUM THRU: Commander, United States Army Special Operations Command,

ATTN.: AOOP. Fort Bragg, North Carolina 28307-5200

FOR: Commander, United States Army Special Operations Command,

ATTN.: AOOP-TP, Fort Bragg, North Carolina 28307-5200

SUBJECT: Memorandum of Instruction, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC)

1. PURPOSE. To provide the United States Army Special Operations Command with the information necessary to prepare students for the SOTIC.

2. General.

a. Purpose of the SOTIC. To train selected personnel in the technical skills and operational procedures necessary to deliver precision rifle fire from concealed positions to selected targets in support of special operations forces. Course emphasis it to provide the force with personnel who can achieve first-round hits from a cold barrel on these high-value targets. Additionally, personnel will be able to correct for wind and determine the previous round’s bullet trace to achieve second-round hits if necessary.

b. Course Length. The SOTIC is a six-week course conducted at Fort Bragg, North carolina. Students will be attached to Company D, 2d Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina 28307-5200.

c. Class Size.

(1) Maximum – 24 students.

(2) Optimum – 24 students.

(3) Minimum – 8 students.

d. Prerequisites. Students must meet the following prerequisites. Students who fail to meet these prerequisites will be returned untrained to their parent unit.

(1) Must be currently assigned to or on orders to a Special Forces detachment of Ranger company, currently Ranger-qualified or Special Forces-qualified, or selected Department of Defense personnel.

(2) Must have a current periodic physical. Students must have their medical records with them when they report for inprocessing. Vision must be correctable to 20/20 in each eye.

(3) Must have in their possession a memorandum from their unit commander certifying that the student has scored expert with the M16A1/M16A2 rifle in accordance with FM 23-9, M16A1 Rifle and M16A2 Rifle Marksmanship, July 1989, within 12 months of the reporting date.

(4) Must have undergone a psychological evaluation (Minnesota Multi-phasic Personality Inventory) under the direction of a qualified psychologist within 12 months of the reporting date. A copy of the evaluation must be presented on the course starting date.

(5) Must have in their possession an original verification of their security clearance (copies unacceptable), dated no earlier than 30 days prior to the course starting date.

(6) Must meet the Army height and weight standards as prescribed in AR 600-9, Height and Weight Standards.

(7) Must currently be on jump status and be medically qualified to participate in airborne operations.

Requests for waivers must be addressed to —

1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne)
Fort Bragg, NC 28307-5200

Waivers must be approved prior to the class starting date. Personnel who report on the class starting date without an approved waiver will be returned untrained to their parent unit.

e. Reporting. Students will report to Company D at Building O-3550 prior to 1700 on the course report date or telephone DSN xxx-xxxx/xxxx or commercial (910) xxx-xxxx/xxxx during duty hours. Students arriving after duty hours prior to the starting date should obtain lodging at Moon Hall (bachelor enlisted quarters [BEG]). Company D maintains a 24-hour guard post located in our compound (telephone DSN xxx-xxxx or commercial (910) xxx-xxxx). Students reporting after the closing of inprocessing will not be permitted to start the course and will be returned to their parent unit. Additionally, personnel reporting prior to the course starting date should secure any weapons in the company arms room, which can be accessed 24 hours a day through the aforementioned guard post phone number.

3. RATIONS AND QUARTERS. Temporary duty orders should reflect that rations and quarters are not available. As a result, it is recommended that off-post parent units provide a rental car for their students attending the course. On-post BEQ reservations may be available if coordinated for at least 45 days prior to the course starting date. If the BEQ is unavailable, statements of non availability will be issued and students may billet off post. It is the responsibility of the student to file an accurate travel voucher upon his return to his parent unit.

4. UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT. Each student should bring the following uniforms and equipment.

a. Rucksack.
b. Three sets of the seasonal duty uniform with a battle dress uniform (BDU) cap and jungle boots or black boots.
c. Light combat equipment, to include two 1-quart canteens with cup and covers and a first-aid pouch with field dressing.
d. One set of the seasonal physical training (PT) uniform. Parent unit PT uniform is acceptable.
e. Poncho and poncho liner.
f. Waterproof bag.
g. Two pads of paper and two mechanical pencils.
h. Entrenching tool.
i. Len static compass.
j. Flashlight/penlight with batteries and lenses.
k. Two pairs of prescription eyeglasses, if required.
l. Two pairs of jungle boots or combat boots (Gortex boots may be worn only in the field).
m. Sewing kit.
n. Civilian clothing and toilet articles, as desired.
o. One pair of old sterile fatigues or one set of coveralls for preparation of a ghillie suit.
p. Two padlocks.
q. Black gloves with inserts.
r. Air items: H-harness, modified 18-inch attaching straps, hook pile tape lowering line, and jump helmet (Kevlar).
s. Field jacket.
t. Two sweat shirts.
u. Identification card and dog tags.


a. Suspenders.
b. Camp/survival saw.
c. Hearing protection: Earplugs or earmuffs.
d. Personal camouflage sticks/paints: one tan, one light green, one sand, and one brown.
e. Rain suit, complete.
f. Pruning shears.
g. Sewing awl.

6. WEAPONS. Students are encouraged to attend this course with their unit-assigned M24 sniper system. Student loaner systems are available. Privately owned weapons are not authorized on MacRidge Triangle Compound. Any weapons bought while attending the SOTIC will not be stored in the Company D arms room.

7. PHYSICAL CONDITION. The SOTIC is a high-risk course. Students must be in top physical condition and must not be under any medication that may affect their reflexes or their judgment. Local commanders should screen all attendees to ensure they meet the prerequisites for course attendance. The use of alcohol or illegal drugs is strictly forbidden during the SOTIC. These items will not be brought to the training site. Any student found under the influence of such items will be removed from training immediately and returned to his parent unit for appropriate actions.

8. STUDENT MAILING ADDRESS. Students can be contacted at Fort Bragg by mail:

Full Name
SSN, Class Name and Number
Co D, 2d Bn, 1st SWTG(A)
Fort Bragg, NC 28307-5200

NOTE: Mail should not be sent to the above address after the fifth training week.


a. Students must ensure that all dental, medical., administrative, and personnel actions are completed prior to the course starting date. No routine medical appointments will be allowed during the course.

b. Students should bring adequate monies for incidentals.

c. There are approximately 19 days of field duty with a 36-hour final field training exercise.

10. POINT OF CONTACT. The company operations center may be reached at DSN xxx-xxxx/xxxx or commercial (910) xxx-xxxx/xxxx.

Sniper Country Team
Written by Sniper Country Team

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