designated defensive marksman

Although these roles sound similar there are some different types of bodyguards, specifically when one is working in the private security sector.

Designated Defensive Marksman

A Designated Defensive Marksman (DDMS) supports protective security operations by gathering real-time intelligence information along routes, chokepoints, at venue locations and provides over-watch protection of the PSD during walking formations and special events. DDMs assist in the preparation of security arrangements at venue locations; provide counter-surveillance and counter-sniper support, prevent and deter attacks on the PSD by proactively identifying interdicting potential threats through the delivery of long-range precision rifle fire and strict application of approved use of force policy.


A sniper is a military/paramilitary marksman who engages targets from positions of concealment or at distances exceeding the target’s detection capabilities. Snipers generally have specialized training and are equipped with high-precision rifles and high-magnification optics, and often also serve as scouts/observers feeding tactical information back to their units or command headquarters.

The Designated Defensive Marksman role differs significantly from that of a specially trained sniper. A sniper is a specialist highly trained in fieldcraft, who carries out a range of specific missions independent of others and more specialized than standard infantry tasks. In contrast, a DDMs is a protection specialist who has received additional marksmanship training.

To find out more about ESI’s Designated Defensive Marksman program call 970-242-9004.