i have bashed the canadian army more than a few times on this board, but i will say this, our snipers are very professional. it is long, hard course and with a fail rate of about 80-90% you have to know what you are donig. i have friends who have tried this course a few times only to fail within the last few days of completion. sniper det is one of the only place in the canadian army you can go in a batallions lines and be sure that the people you are dealing with know what they are doing.
this is pretty old news, but it still made me happy to see recognition for someone who deserves it, of course if it was a bitch her photo wouold be blasted all over the place and she would get a silver star for having her period in the field.