PSS/ Designated Defensive Marksman (PSS/DDM)

PSS/ Designated Defensive Marksman (PSS/DDM)

Job Category: Sniper / Designated Marksman

Job Location: OCONUS

Job State: Baghdad, Iraq OR Kabul, Afghanistan

Job Description:

  • Provide designated defensive marksman services as assigned
  • Perform day-to-day personal protective security functions
  • Drive the lead vehicle, principal's vehicle, follow-vehicle, and/or acting as response agent whenever required in motorcade or similar operations
  • Maintains assigned protective formation position during principal's walking movements
  • Participates in advance security preparations
  • Mans the security post at the principal's residence or mans the command post, or other static post as required
  • Serves as a member of an ERT or QRF as assigned 



  •  Must be a US citizen
  • Must have a valid U. S. issued driver's license and valid U. S. issued tourist passport
  • Must attend and successfully complete a sniper/DDM/sharpshooter program issued by a military, law enforcement, or security (government or commercial) training program. This sniper/DDM/sharpshooter program must be of suitable complexity and quality to adequately prepare the graduate for successful performance as a contract required DDM. Examples of programs that meet this requirement include, but are not limited to:
  1. US Marine Corps (USMC) Scout/Sniper
  2. US Army Sniper School
  3. US Special Forces Sniper School (formerly SOTIC)
  4. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT)/Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)
  5. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Mobile Security Division (MSD) DDM
  6. National Tactical Officer's Association (NTOA) recognized law enforcement sniper course 
  • Must provide evidence of a minimum M4 qualification score of 95% (i.e. 285 out of 300 with iron sights) or better on the DS qualification course of fire. This qualification must be the candidate's most recent M4 qualification and have been performed within the last ninety (90) days. The candidate shall maintain this qualification level with the M4 throughout contract performance under this position
  • Must possess a minimum of three (3) years of applicable experience
  1. A minimum of two (2) years of this experience must be as a DDM/sniper/sharpshooter. Candidates claiming military experience must have either a sniper military occupation specialty (MOS) or additional skill identifier (ASI). If claiming law enforcement experience for this requirement, must be full time, not as a collateral duty.
  2. Experience may be gained in the employ of any national, state, provincial, local, or commercial entities providing armed high threat protective services that require skills similar to those identified in the training course
  • Must attend and successfully complete all required training courses
  • Must qualify with the Glock-19, M4, M203, M240, M249, Remington 870 shotgun, M24, and SR25, re-qualifying as required by the contract
  • Obtain and maintain a personnel security clearance as specified in the task order
  • Complete the Physical Readiness Test at the 65% performance level, and maintain that fitness level for the duration of service on the contract
  • Possess no impediments to traveling overseas to and within countries that are considered dangerous or unhealthy in general, or to the country or countries assigned in the applicable task order in specific.

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