UCP 10 Day DDM (Designated Defense Marksman) training

DDM (Designated Defensive Marksman) course


This 10-day course is designed for active law enforcement employees (Police, Border Guards, Soldiers) Private Security Contractors PSC working in challenging locations (Africa, South America, Middle East). UCP will familiarize you with all aspects of the DDM role.

The training is intense and requires participants to have self-discipline and excellent team communication during their tasks. 

This course is also for Hunters and Recreational Shooters. 

Course Information

DDM is a member of another armed formation trained in precision shooting over a long distance and has the skills to observe and mask. Sharpshooter armament is a sniper rifle a specially selected weapon equipped with an optical sight, night vision device or other sight allowing accurate shooting over long distances. The marksman’s task on the battlefield is to eliminate important targets that appear in a short time. They can be enemy snipers, liaison officers, heavy weapons support and commanders. Designated Defense Marksman must lead the way in preparing a mission plan, ensuring observation, tracking and precise risk reduction in the near, medium and long-range.

We will familiarize you with all aspects of the shooter’s work. We will equip you with the skills necessary to attack targets over long distances. 

Minimum Required Kit List

  • Tactical Belt
  • Tactical/Outdoor boots
  • Clothing appropriate for climate and conditions
  • Shooting glasses (ballistic)
  • Shooting ear protection (ear defenders)

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What is not included:

Course Dates

1st  of every month

Course Length

10 Days


Italy, Sardinia

Course Cost



This course will be assessed by the range officer and firearms instructor for safety (NSP’s), range protocol, manners, emergency actions, accuracy and speed. 

It will be assessed by 80% practical and 20% theory examination



UCP  award for the skill level in which you took this course.

The representative of the UCP will present you with your award at the end of the course


Skill Prerequisites

  • Level 1 Online Firearms (Rifle/Carbine)
  • Level 1  Firearms (Rifle/Carbine)
  • Carbine 5.56/7.62mm 
  • Tactical Carbine 5.56/7.62mm
*All prerequisite awards should not be expired
so please check the expiry date before applying
*All Candidates should have a reasonable level
of personal fitness


  • Principles and Fundamentals of DDM Rifle Marksmanship
  • DDM Rifle Ballistics and Weather Compensation Calculations
  • Equipment Set-Up, Rifle Sight-In, & Data Book Use
  • DDM Shooting Techniques
  • Position Shooting & Unconventional Positions
  • Unconventional Positions Shooting Drills
  • Camouflage
  • Individual Urban Movement & Route Planning
  • Range Estimation Techniques and Distance Determination
  • Observation and Intelligence Gathering Methods
  • Exam