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071-326-0503 (SL1) - Move Over, Through, or Around Obstacles (Except Minefields)

Standards: Approached within 100 meters of a suspected enemy position over a specified route. Negotiated each obstacle within the time designated while retaining all equipment without becoming a casualty to a booby trap or early warning device.

Conditions: Given individual weapon, load carrying equipment (LCE), one smoke grenade, wood or grass mats or chicken wire, a grappling hook, wrapping material, wire cutters (optional) and a buddy. During daylight or darkness, you are at a field location, moving over a route with natural and man-made crossings and obstacles (walls and barbed wire entanglements).

Standards: Approached within 100 meters of a suspected enemy position over a specified route.  Negotiated each obstacle within the time designated while retaining all equipment without becoming a casualty to a booby trap or early warning device.

Performance Steps

1.   Cover your advance using smoke when crossing an obstacle. (Task 071-325-4407, Employ Hand Grenades.)

2.   Ensure your buddy is covering you since obstacles are normally covered by either fire or observation.

3.   Cross barbed wire obstacles.

Warning: It is threat doctrine to attach tripwire-activated mines to barbed wire

a. Check barbed wire for booby traps or early warning devices.

(1)  Look for booby traps or early warning devices attached to the barbed wire.

(2)  Throw a grappling hook with a length of rope attached over the barbed wire.

(3)  Pull the rope to set off any booby traps or early warning devices.

b. Cross over barbed wire using wood, grass mats, or some chicken wire to protect you from the barbs.

(1)  Throw the wood, mat, or chicken wire over the barbed wire.

(2)  Cross carefully because such a mat or net forms an unstable path.

c. Cross under barbed wire.

(1)  Slide headfirst on your back under the bottom strands.

(2)  Push yourself forward with your shoulders and heels, carrying your weapon lengthwise on your body, and holding the barbed wire with one hand while moving.

(3)  Let the barbed wire slide on the weapon to keep wire from catching on clothing and equipment.

d. Cut your way through barbed wire.

(1)  Leave the top wire in place to make it less likely that the enemy will discover the gap.

(2)  Wrap cloth around the barbed wire between your hands.

(3)  Cut partly through the barbed wire.

(4)  Bend the barbed wire back and forth quietly until it separates.

(5)  Cut only the lower strands.

4.   Cross exposed danger areas such as roads, trails, or small streams.

a. Select a point at or near a bend in the road or stream. If possible, select a bend that has cover and concealment on both sides.

b. Crawl up to the edge of the open area.

c. Observe the other side carefully before crossing.

d. Move rapidly but quietly across the exposed area.

e. Take cover on the other side.

f.  Check the area around you.

5.   Cross over a wall.

a. Roll quickly over the top.

b. Do not go over standing upright.

6.   Cover your buddy as he crosses the obstacle.

Evaluation Preparation:  Setup: Select a field location that has crossings, walls, and barbed wire entanglements. Designate a suspected opposing forces position and point it out to the soldiers. Establish a standard by timing yourself and an assistant as you run the course twice. Average times and add 10 percent as maximum time for soldiers.

Brief Soldier: Tell soldiers they are going to be evaluated on how they move over, through, and around the obstacles while attempting to get within 100 meters of an enemy position. Tell them they must negotiate at least one of each type obstacle: exposed danger areas, barbed wire, and a wall. Tell them they must run the course within the standard.

Performance Measures

GO

NO GO

1.   Covered your advance using smoke.

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2.   Ensured buddy was covering you.

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3.   Crossed barbed wire obstacles.

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a. Checked barbed wire for booby traps or early warning devices.

 

 

(1)  Looked for booby traps or early warning devices attached to the barbed wire.

 

 

(2)  Threw a grappling hook with a length of rope attached over the barbed wire.

 

 

(3)  Pulled the rope to set off any booby traps or early warning devices.

 

 

b. Crossed over barbed wire using wood, grass mats, or some chicken wire.

 

 

(1)  Threw the wood, mat, or chicken wire over the barbed wire.

 

 

(2)  Crossed carefully because such a mat or net forms an unstable path.

 

 

c. Crossed under barbed wire.

 

 

(1)  Slid headfirst on back under the bottom strands.

 

 

(2)  Pushed forward with shoulders and heels, carrying weapon lengthwise on body and holding the barbed wire with one hand while moving.

 

 

(3)  Let the barbed wire slide on the weapon so that the wire did not catch on clothing and equipment.

 

 

d. Cut through barbed wire.

 

 

(1)  Left the top wire in place.

 

 

(2)  Wrapped cloth around the barbed wire between hands.

 

 

(3)  Cut partly through the barbed wire.

 

 

(4)  Bent the barbed wire quietly until it separated.

 

 

(5)  Cut only the lower strands.

 

 

4.   Crossed exposed danger areas such as roads, trails, or small streams.

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a. Selected a point at or near a bend in the road or stream that had cover and concealment on both sides.

 

 

b. Crawled up to the edge of the open area.

 

 

c. Observed the other side carefully before crossing.

 

 

d. Moved rapidly but quietly across the exposed area.

 

 

e. Took cover on the other side.

 

 

f.  Checked the surrounding area.

 

 

5.   Crossed over a wall.

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a. Rolled quickly over the top.

 

 

b. Did not go over standing upright.

 

 

6.   Covered buddy as he crossed the obstacle.

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Evaluation Guidance:  Score the soldier GO if all performance measures are passed. Score the soldier NO GO if any performance measure is failed. If the soldier scores NO GO, show him what was done wrong and how to do it correctly.

References

 

Required

Related

 

FM 21-75