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Logan Stutte is in a small and elite group. There are fewer than 300 Marine scout snipers in the military. More than half of those who attend the grueling 12-and-a-half-week-long sniper course fail — it’s that tough. This is his story.

Marine Lance Cpl. Logan Stutte poses for the camera wearing a floppy desert-colored camouflage hat. His face is covered in stubble and dirt.
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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Logan Stutte, a professionally instructed gunman with Regimental Surveillance and Target Acquisition Company, 1st Marine Division, poses for a photograph during an field operation at Fort Irwin, Calif., Oct. 2, 2017.
Photo By: Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexa M. Hernandez
VIRIN: 171002-M-VO343-0192

Cpl. Logan Stutte
Job: Scout Sniper
Hometown: Valders, Wisconsin
Stationed: USS Anchorage
Unit: Battalion Landing Team 3/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

What does being a scout sniper mean to you personally?

It's about the Marines in the line companies that I support. We are the eyes and the ears of the battalion. They tell me that they always are glad to hear when my team is up in the hills being their "guardian angel."

A marine takes aim at a distant target. Wearing a rope-like camouflage, he closes one eye and peers through his rifle scope.
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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Logan Stutte, a gunman with Regimental Surveillance and Target Acquisition Company, 1st Marine Division, provides surveillance during a field operation at Fort Irwin, Calif., Oct. 2, 2017.
Photo By: Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexa M. Hernandez
VIRIN: 171002-M-VO343-0072

What life lessons will you carry with you as a result of sniper school and being a scout sniper?

Teamwork. We work in small teams of four to six Marines. We have to depend on each other. If someone makes an error, mistakes happen. And when mistakes happen, guys get hurt, so we have to be on our "A" game.

Corporal Logan Stutte briefs his team before a mission.
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Marine Cpl. Logan Stutte, right, a scout sniper assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, briefs Marines before a range field sketch evaluation during Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal 18, Sept. 12, 2018.
Photo By: Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Victoria Decker
VIRIN: 180912-M-AG794-1123

There are about 300 active duty Marine scout snipers. That puts you in a pretty select group. Is there a special bond within your career field?

Yes. We share the same history with each other. A lineage of great men that have come before us, and we are expected to fill those shoes. We look out for one another as a family would. We’re brothers.

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