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071-326-0513 (SL1) - Select Temporary Fighting Positions

Standards: Selected a firing position that protected you from enemy observation and fire, and allowed you to place effective fire on enemy positions without exposing most of your head and body.

Conditions: You must select a temporary fighting position when at an overwatch position, after initial movement into a tentative defensive position, at a halt during movement, or upon receiving direct fire.

Standards: Selected a firing position that protected you from enemy observation and fire, and allowed you to place effective fire on enemy positions without exposing most of your head and body.

Performance Steps

1.   Choose a position that takes advantage of available cover and concealment (figure 071-326-0513-1).


Figure 071-326-0513-1. Temporary fighting positions

 

Note. Cover gives protection from bullets, fragments of exploding rounds, flame, nuclear effects, and biological and chemical agents. Cover can also conceal you from enemy observation. Cover can be natural or man-made. Concealment is anything that hides you from enemy observation. Concealment DOES NOT protect you from enemy fire. DO NOT think that you are protected from the enemy's fire just because you are concealed. Concealment, like cover, can also be natural or man-made.

2.   Choose a position that allows you to observe and fire around the side of an object while concealing most of your head and body.

3.   Choose a position that allows you to stay low when observing and firing, whenever possible.

Note. This position allows you to aim better and take advantage of concealing vegetation.

4.   Choose a position with a background that does not silhouette you against the surrounding environment.

Note. A position like this reduces your chances of being detected.

5.   Follow your leader's directions after your initial selection of a temporary battlefield position.

Note. Your leader may reposition you to gain better coverage of the area.

Evaluation Preparation:  Setup: Evaluate this task during a march or a simulated march in an area with varying degrees of cover and concealment. Have the soldiers in full battle gear.

Brief Soldier: Tell each soldier the enemy has been reported in the area and may be encountered at any time. At preselected points during the march, at a rest halt, after ordering the soldier to take an overwatch position, or after ordering the soldier to take a tentative defensive position, have him select a temporary fighting position.

Performance Measures

GO

NO GO

1.   Chose a position that took advantage of available cover and concealment.

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2.   Chose a position that allowed for observation and fire around the side of an object while concealing most of head and body.

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3.   Chose a position that allowed you to stay low when observing and firing, whenever possible.

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4.   Chose a position with a background that did not silhouette you against the surrounding environment.

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5.   Followed leader's directions after initial selection of a temporary battlefield position.

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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