Snipers have changed the face of modern warfare. They have always been a valuable military tool, and they've become even more effective in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. military is training and using them in greater numbers than ever before. To find out why, and to see what it takes to become a sniper, CBS News visited sniper school in Fort Benning, Ga.
Here, students begin their training and their day learning how to properly camouflage themselves with surrounding vegetation.
CBS News special correspondent Jeff Glor speaks with Staff Sgt. Michael Haenel, an instructor at Sniper School who relates the patience of sniper stalking to fishing when he says, "You're not just going to throw your line in and get a snag."
Staff Sgt. Cameron Erisman demonstrates the basic traits that make a professional marksman. Among them are a proper setup to the rifle, steady breathing, a watchful eye, and a patient finger on the trigger.
CBS News special correspondent Jeff Glor learns what it takes to make an accurate sniper shot with the M24 sniper weapon system, a bolt-action rifle capable of engaging targets up to more than 800 yards.