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052-192-4053 (SL3) - Supervise Minefield Breaching Operations

Standards: Supervised minefield breaching operations. Created a safe lane through the minefield so the maneuver force could maintain its momentum without causing mine casualties to personnel and equipment.

Conditions: You are a soldier, given FM 3-34.2, a combat engineer platoon, organic equipment, explosives, and an operation order (OPORD) with detailed obstacle intelligence (OBSTINTEL) requiring your platoon to conduct breaching operations.

Standards: Supervised minefield breaching operations. Created a safe lane through the minefield so the maneuver force could maintain its momentum without causing mine casualties to personnel and equipment.

Performance Steps

1.   Conduct troop-leading procedures.

a. Receive the mission.

(1)  Obtain the number of breach lanes required.

(2)  Obtain security, suppression, obscuration, and assault plans for the minefield breach.

(3)  Conduct a back brief to the commander and request the required resources.

b. Issue the platoon warning order (WO).

c. Make a tentative plan.

(1)  Use OBSTINTEL and the mission analysis to develop a scheme of reduction.

(2)  Task-organize the platoon.

(3)  Develop subunit instructions for the breaching, marking, and security elements.

(4)  Integrate maneuver unit suppression, security, and obscuration support into the plan.

d. Initiate movement.

e. Conduct a reconnaissance.

(1)  Identify the minefield size and composition.

(2)  Identify breach locations.

f.  Complete the plan.  Adjust the plan based on the information obtained during reconnaissance.

g. Issue the platoon OPORD.

(1)  Brief the five-paragraph OPORD.

(2)  Assign breaching, marking, and security tasks to subunits based on the scheme of reduction.

h. Supervise the plan.

(1)  Supervise precombat inspections.

(2)  Supervise rehearsals.

2.   Supervise actions at the breach site.

Note. Breaching elements are normally located with the lead elements of the maneuver units. Usually, an engineer squad instead of an entire platoon performs in-stride breaches. In such cases, the platoon sergeant should supervise the most critical breach site, if possible.

a. Coordinate with the maneuver element for suppression, security, and obscuration.

b. Ensure that the platoon breaches the number of lanes specified in the OPORD.

Note.  Breach lanes for personnel are one meter wide and breach lanes for vehicles are four meters wide.

c. Ensure that the breach lanes are free of mines.

d. Ensure that the breach lanes are marked according to FM 3-34.2.

e. Notify the maneuver commander when the breach lanes are safe for traffic.

Evaluation Preparation:

Setup: Provide the soldier with the items listed in the conditions.

Brief Soldier: Tell the noncommissioned officer (NCO) to perform a minefield breaching operation.

Performance Measures

GO

NO GO

1.   Conducted troop-leading procedures.

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2.   Supervised actions at the breach site.

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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 fails any performance measure, show him how to do it correctly.

References

 

Required

Related

 

FM 3-34.2

FM 5-10

 

 

FM 5-100

 

 

FM 20-32