The following are words of wisdom from one of the finest Army Officers I’ve had the honor of serving with. No amount of training, equipment, or preparation will change the fact that you or your teammates may die in combat. That is a reality every Leader faces each time he prepares for war. -Adam

“I gave this problem set to some of Platoon Leaders (a good mentor gave it to me just prior to me going for an interview for a Scout Platoon).

You are a Platoon Leader in combat, God appears to you and tells you that the hill you are about to assault will be the last fight ending the war and it will cost you 3 Soldiers. He tells you that you have to pick 3 and you cannot be one of them. Those 3 will be the only ones hurted/killed in the attack, and the war will be over. Hurry up and pick.

The longer you take, now its 4, 5, 6, hurry up with those names…
You’ll have to live with those types of decisions and make them quickly, and live with those decisions everyday,

If you cannot fathom that, then you have no business being a Combat Arms Officer.-SZ”

Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is a U.S. Army Sniper and senior NCO with multiple combat deployments, a background in reconnaissance and small unit operations. During his 18 years of military service he has held every MTOE slot in a Sniper section to include an assignment as the SEO/Sniper Section Leader for a forward deployed Infantry Battalion. He has utilized all currently issued U.S. Army Sniper weapons systems including the XM2010, M110 SASS, and M107. In addition to being a qualified Sniper he is a graduate of the Sniper Employment Leaders Course and the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Rifle Instructor courses. Outside of the military he has obtained the NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor certifications and served as a product consultant for several defense and firearms industry companies.

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