Army Myths: Confirmed kills

Hollywood has helped blur reality…

Carrying the Gun

Confirmed Kill

I’ve checked and double-checked my ERB and ORB. There is no category to record my “confirmed kills.” The term “confirmed kill” gets thrown around a lot, especially in sniper circles. The whole idea of a “confirmed” kill suggests there is some process or that there is a forensics team that descends on a body after a shot was fired to confirm unequivocally who gets the credit.

That doesn’t happen.

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As far as I understand, there is no way of keeping track of individual kills. Individual soldiers may ‘confirm’ to themselves that they are responsible for a kill – but there is no official way of tracking that, no process. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some award citations out there where you might find the term ‘confirmed kill,’ but that is a reflection on how pervasive the term has become, not an indication of…

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One thought on “Army Myths: Confirmed kills”

  1. The story is true. I can not see how (in combat) a kill can be confirmed unless a camera is on the gun. My father in WWII could never be certain what his was and he seriously doubted anyone who DID seem to know their kill count.

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