US Army National Guard – Mountain Rifleman Course

The purpose of the Mountain Rifleman Course is to train snipers and squad designated marksman a combination of mountain specific skills and angle marksmanship fundamentals.


The goal is improving mobility and lethality in mountainous terrain. Soldiers are provided with extensive shooting opportunities at both flat and angle ranges. Soldiers are taught basic mountain mobility and navigation skills.


The skills are then combined in practical exercises that test a student’s ability to plan and execute missions in mountainous terrain.


The tasks taught are: mountain travel techniques, cold weather clothing, environmental injuries, soldier load management, characteristics of mountain terrain, basic mountaineering equipment, long range marksmanship in mountainous terrain, map reading in mountainous terrain, terrain exploitation, and land navigation.


Credit to : Sgt. 1st Class Jason Alvarez
Joint Force Headquarters, Vermont National Guard Public Affairs