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071-430-0028 (SL3) - Consolidate a Unit

Standards: Consolidated the unit (squad or platoon) in the defense following enemy contact.

Conditions: Given a squad leader with a squad or platoon sergeant with a platoon or acting platoon leader defending as part of a larger unit. The unit has just repelled an enemy assault.

Standards: Consolidated the unit (squad or platoon) in the defense following enemy contact.

Performance Steps

Once enemy resistance on the objective has ceased, the squad or platoon must quickly take the following steps to consolidate and prepare to defend against a counterattack:

      1. Reestablish security if the observation post (OP) withdrew back to the defensive position, send them back out. If the OP did not return, they must be accounted for and returned.

      2. Use snipers (if available) for targets of opportunity. They may be employed with the OP or at a vantage point on or behind the defensive positions.

      3. Restore camouflage and improve fighting positions. Do not over-camouflage positions. If it was not found during the first assault, chances are it will not be found during the next counterattack.

      4. Reestablish communications to higher headquarters and throughout the platoon and squad. Check wires to ensure it does not break during the attack. Change pyrotechnic signals for the enemy may have learned what they represent.

      5. Replace obstacles, mines, and early warning devices (conduct only if the enemy withdraws far enough and time permits). This is a risky action, especially if the enemy has snipers. Soldiers must use caution when moving about. Request smoke to conceal their movement or have them wait until limited visibility.

      6. Reposition fighting and weapons positions. If the squad or platoon has just repelled an attack, the enemy may have found some of the positions. Reposition those that have been compromised.

      7. Reassign sectors of fire to ensure that all gaps caused by the evacuation of casualties are covered and that the firing positions remain mutually supporting.

      8. Implement alert and sleep plans once all of the above have been accomplished and is feasible to the situation.

Evaluation Preparation:

Setup: Provide a squad or platoon in an established defensive position, simulated casualties, simulated EPWs, simulated destroyed crew-served weapons, blank ammunition, and a communication network.

Brief Soldier: Tell the soldier this task should be conducted and evaluated in a realistic field environment using a realistic combat scenario.

Performance Measures

GO

NO GO

1.   Reestablished security throughout the squad and platoon's sector.

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2.   Used snipers (if available).

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3.   Restored camouflage and improved positions.

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4.   Reestablished communications.

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5.   Replaced obstacles, mines, and early warning devices.

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6.   Repositioned fighting and weapon positions.

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7.   Reassigned sectors of fire for the squad and platoon.

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8.   Implemented sleep and alert plans (if feasible).

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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 what was done wrong and how to do it correctly.

References

 

Required

Related

 

FM 7-8

FM 3-21.71

 

 

FM 7-7

 

 

FM 7-10

 

 

FM 23-90