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First Recon, 1st Recon, First Recon Battalion, or NCR First Recon is a sniper battalion, part of the New California Republic Army.[1][2]


The battalion is comprised of individuals who were recruited after demonstrating proficiency at the firing range.[3] Boone mentions that he agreed to join due to the slightly higher pay offered to members of the group.[3] Their slogan is "the last thing you never see" and are known for their accuracy.[4]

During the First Battle of Hoover Dam in 2277, 1st Recon assisted the NCR Rangers in sharpshooting veteran Legion officers from a high ridge, west of the dam.[5][6] In response, the Malpais Legate ordered the veteran troops to push forward to rush the ridge, leading them into a trap laid in Boulder City.[7] Previous to the battle for the dam, Chief Hanlon shares that there were five kill reports on the legate from rangers and 1st Recon sharpshooters.[8]

The battalion was involved in an incident known as the Bitter Springs Massacre.[9][10] The sharpshooters were ordered to hold a position on Coyote Tail Ridge, overlooking the Red Pass near the Great Khan encampment at Bitter Springs.[11] A subsequent miscommunication between command and the group resulted in the deaths of several Great Khan civilians.[12]

First Recon snipers are organized into pairs including a spotter and a shooter.[13] Duties of the group include carrying out mercy killings of NCR soldiers who are tortured within sight of NCR positions, as a last resort.[14][15] The group members carry bolt-action rifles with the exception of Corporal Sterling who is allowed to use a lever-action rifle they customized named La Longue Carabine.[16]

They wear various types of armor including assault and survival variants and some members wear distinctive red 1st Recon berets. The berets have a patch featuring a bear skull, crossed rifles, and their slogan underneath.[17] They purchase sniper rifles from the Gun Runners, a supplier of which refers to the group as a "top-notch unit."[18]

The 1st Recon Alpha Team has been stationed at Camp McCarran for six months, fighting against the Fiends who have committed acts of violence in the surrounding area.[19][20] Led by Gorobets, the current members include 10 of Spades, Betsy who work as a pair.[19][21] Another pair consisting of Sterling, and Bitter-Root are also part of the Alpha Team.[22][23] Two former members of 1st Recon, Craig Boone and Manny Vargas, live in Novac.

Related quests


  • Possible companion Craig Boone's ending slides mention his First Recon beret and the group's slogan.[24]
  • The NCR Emergency Radio mentions the group in different ways depending on how Restoring Hope is resolved.[25][26]
  • Members of 1st Recon share idle lines with generic NCR troopers, including "Wish I had a 1st Recon guy looking after me" if Boone is a companion.


First Recon appears in Fallout: New Vegas.

Behind the scenes


PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 After arriving at Camp Forlorn Hope, the members of 1st Recon still comment as if they still battling Fiends.[verified]



  1. The Courier: "What outfit did you serve in the military with?"
    Craig Boone: "First NCR Recon. It's a sniper battalion. Sees a lot of action. They moved us around a lot. I was stationed at Camp Golf for a while. Last I heard they were at Camp McCarran."
    (Craig Boone's dialogue)
  2. Oscar Velasco: "NCR's First Recon Battalion was waiting for them on Coyote Tail Ridge. No Khan left alive, that was the order. {Broken} My family...."
    (Oscar Velasco's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Courier: "How did you happen to join First Recon?"
    Craig Boone: "They pick you out if you do well at the firing range. Pays a little better, so I said okay."
    (Craig Boone's dialogue)
  4. Courier: "What's the slogan?"
    Craig Boone: "The last thing you never see. Pretty accurate, and so were we."
    (Craig Boone's dialogue)
  5. Fallout: New Vegas loading screen: "In 2277, NCR forces defeated Caesar's Legion during the Battle of Hoover Dam. The NCR has held Hoover Dam since then but the Legion has not made it easy for them."
  6. Courier: "So what happened at Hoover Dam and Boulder City?"
    Hanlon: "In big battles, Caesar deploys his legionaries in waves. Recruits up front, prime soldiers behind the recruits, old guard bringing up the rear. Opponents wear themselves out dealing with the first two waves, if they survive that long. When the veterans step up, there's not much fight left. Caesar can adapt, though, and when required, he can run any mix of legionaries as skirmishers and still retain order in the ranks. Joshua Graham, Caesar's old legate, he's wasn't so flexible. When the Legion attacked Hoover Dam, General Oliver ordered his troopers back to the middle ground just after first contact. Graham pushed all of the legionaries onto the dam, filling the east side with recruits up front and veterans in the back, by the book. But once they were in, they were stuck there. Oliver's troopers were entrenched and wouldn't give a foot. That's when we ordered the rangers and 1st recon sharpshooters to start picking off veteran legion officers from a high ridge west of the dam."
    (Hanlon's dialogue)
  7. Hanlon: "That only lasted about a minute before Graham ordered the back ranks to push through to the front and rush the ridge. Caused total chaos among the younger legionaries, and Oliver's troopers fell back to the side walkways and stayed out of the veterans' way. By the time the veterans got to the ridge, we were already in Boulder City. They followed us down there, but we were out before they realized what was happening. We had packed the old city with C4 and dynamite. Crude, but it did the job. Those who didn't die in the blast were in no position to mount a defense. The ones left on the dam didn't know what to do. The troopers routed them. Graham pulled the remaining legionaries back, but the battle was over. He went south, back to the Grand Canyon, back to Caesar. And that was the last we saw or heard from Joshua Graham."
    (Hanlon's dialogue)
  8. Hanlon: "Before Hoover, we had five kill reports on Graham from rangers and 1st Recon sharpshooters who tried to take him out."
    (Hanlon's dialogue)
  9. Craig Boone: "Mercy killing is expected of NCR snipers. The Legion likes to torture their prisoners within sight of NCR positions. We get called on to end it. I've had my share. Some of them, you think, maybe you could've gotten them out. Maybe it's not the Legion that got them killed. Maybe it's your orders and you following them."
    (Craig Boone's dialogue)
  10. Courier: "Were you at Bitter Springs with First Recon?"
    Craig Boone: "I was in a lot of places with First Recon. I don't really remember. That part of my life is over now. So is this discussion."
    (Craig Boone's dialogue)
  11. Boone: "Hey. I thought some more about what you said. I think maybe you're right. Maybe I should go to Bitter Springs. I don't know what I'm hoping to find there."
    Courier: "What are we waiting for?"
    Craig Boone: "Tell the truth... I think this is exactly what I've been waiting for. This is the place. We got sent from Camp Golf, looking for some Khans who'd been making trouble with one of our settlements. I guess one of the settlers was connected, because we sent everything we had. We figured this was a gang hideout, but... they'd led us to their home."
    (Boone's dialogue)
  12. Courier: "What happened?"
    Boone: "Main force got spotted too soon. We heard shooting. Then Khans started coming through Canyon 37 in bunches. It was all wrong, though. Women, kids, elderly. Wounded started coming through, too. We radioed to confirm our orders but command didn't get what we were seeing. They told us to shoot till we were out of ammo. So that's what we did."
    (Boone's dialogue)
  13. The Courier: "Why do you think you let Betsy down?"
    10 of Spades: "She's my g-g-goddamn partner. See, we work in pairs. We spot for each other. W-watch each other's backs. Nobody wanted to w-work with me. They said I was too green. But Betsy volunteered. Shit, you don't even know how big a d-d-deal that is. She trusts her life to the newbie, and I sit there and let her get raped by that... p-p-piece of shit."
    (10 of Spades' dialogue)
  14. Craig Boone: "Mercy killing is expected of NCR snipers. The Legion likes to torture their prisoners within sight of NCR positions. We get called on to end it. I've had my share. Some of them, you think, maybe you could've gotten them out. Maybe it's not the Legion that got them killed. Maybe it's your orders and you following them."
    (Craig Boone's dialogue)
  15. Craig Boone: "Mercy killing is a last resort. Glad you recognized we had options."
    (Craig Boone's dialogue)
  16. Courier: "Interesting rifle you have there. Lever-action, right?"
    Sterling: "I call her La Longue Carabine. Didn't always have the scope - I added that myself. Been shooting with her so long... couldn't bring myself to toss her away. Would have felt guilty to part with the old girl. The other snipers use bolt-action, but Gorobets reckoned it didn't matter none if I was different, so long as I can hit my targets."
  17. Courier: "Is that a First Recon beret?"
    Craig Boone: "Yeah. You can tell by the patch. Bear skull with crossed rifles behind it. Slogan underneath."
    (Craig Boone's dialogue)
  18. Alexander: "First Recon is a top-notch unit. They're always buying sniper rifles from us."
    (Alexander's dialogue)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Dhatri: "My advice is this. Talk to Lieutenant Gorobets. He's in charge of Alpha Team, 1st Recon. Snipers."
    (Dhatri's dialogue)
  20. Courier: "How long have you been stationed here?"
    Sterling: "Going on six months, now. But I reckon we'll be moving out, soon enough. Can't talk about the details. Til then, we'll man the towers and keep an eye on the Fiends. We've had more than our share of trouble from their direction. Whole things smells of Caesar to me. 'Course, that's just guesswork, but I'd still bet a few caps that he's stirring up the locals against us."
    (Sterling's dialogue)
  21. 10 of Spades: "When they show their faces, that's when we go to work. One shot, one k-k-kill. That's the First Recon way."
    (10 of Spades' dialogue)
  22. Sterling: "Howdy. Name's Sterling, First Recon. Can't say I've seen you before. I'd remember, if I had."
    (Sterling's dialogue)
  23. Courier: "I heard you're Bitter-Root's father."
    Dhatri: "Adoptive father, yes. I was very proud when he made First Recon. I know that every time I send them out, I could be sending him to his death."
    (Dhatri's dialogue)
  24. Fallout: New Vegas endings: "Looking for a place where he could be of some use, Boone found himself re-enlisting with his old unit. Though his regrets remained in his thoughts, they coalesced into a purpose, and Boone embraced it. He spent his leave time hunting down slavers in the desert, his First Recon beret the last thing they never saw"
  25. NCR Emergency Radio: "The troops at Forlorn Hope, assisted by First Recon, have repelled the Legion attack with very few casualties."
  26. NCR Emergency Radio: "The troops at Forlorn Hope, assisted by First Recon, have repelled the Legion in what will surely be the most decisive victory in this entire battle."


  1. Question: "Who wrote Corporal Betsy?"
    Joshua Sawyer: "George Ziets."
    (Joshua Sawyer on Formspring)
  2. Question: "Who came up with the First Recon's "The last thing you never see" motto?"
    Joshua Sawyer: "It was either Eric Fenstermaker or Roger Chang, I think."
    (Joshua Sawyer on Spring.me)
  3. Question: "First Recon must be some pretty awesome dudes if they can snipe without scopes."
    Joshua Sawyer: "First Recon are more akin to a squad of sharpshooter skirmishers than snipers."
    (Joshua Sawyer on Formspring)
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