Training to become a sniper requires mastering the art of hiding in plain sight. The camouflage, however, is not pretty. The success of the sniper’s mission depends heavily upon the ability of the sniper to approach the target, remain concealed, and engage the target undetected. Military and civilian sniper training aims to teach a high degree of proficiency in camouflage, concealment, stalking, observation, and map reading as well as precision marksmanship under various operational conditions.
These requirements test the sniper’s ability not only to move stealthily, but his skill in the art and science of camouflage. As with concealment, camouflage may be artificial or natural. Artificial camouflage is any man-made material or substance used for the purpose of concealing through color, outline change, or texture. This video shows the kinks of what a “high degree of proficiency in camouflage and concealment” really means. Definitely messy.