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Countermine Procedures

To increase individual soldier understanding of the mine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) threat in the former Yugoslavia, and to develop counter mine skills in order to protect the force during Stability Operations.

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INDENTIFY MINED AREAS

Three saw cuts in the side of a tree

Rocks piled up

Freshly dug mounds of earth

Blast crater

Damaged vehicles or dead animals

Signs, clothing or markers in trees, on post or on stakes

Residue from mine craters

DETECTION

DETECTION WILL BE PRIMARILY BY VISUAL MEANS.

INDICATORS OF POSSIBLE BOOBY TRAPS:

Trampled Earth or Footmarks.

Disturbances of Ground Surface or Scattered, Loose Soil.

DETECTION ( CONT.)

Improvised Methods of Marking Traps, Such as Piles of Stones or Marks on Walls or Trees.

Evidence of Withered Camouflage.

Wrappers, Seals, Loose Shell Caps, Safety Pins, Nails, Batteries, or Pieces of Wire or Cord.

DETECTION (CONT.)

Breaks in The Continuity of Dust, Paint Work, or Vegetation.

Lumps or Bulges Under Carpet or in Furniture.

Anything That Attracts Your Attention!

COUNTERMINE

ACTION: LOCATE MINES BY PROBING.

CONDITIONS: GIVEN INDIVIDUAL COMBAT EQUIPMENT, A NON-METALLIC MINE PROBE, AND AREA WITH BURIED MINES, AND MARKING MATERIALS.

STANDARDS: PROBE EVERY 1 1/2 INCHES TO A PATH OF 1 METER WIDE, 1 TO 3 INCHES DEEP (vertical depth), AND AT A 30 DEGREE ANGLE. DETECTING AND MARKING MINES.

COUNTERMINE

ACTION: LOCATE TRIPWIRES AND BOOBY TRAPS.

CONDITIONS: GIVEN A BOOBYTRAPPED LANE, INDIVIDUAL COMBAT EQUIPMENT, AND MARKING MATERIALS.

STANDARDS: USING ONE OF THE FIVE METHODS, LOCATE AND MARK TRIPWIRES AND BOOBY TRAPS WITHOUT ANY DETONATIONS.

COUNTERMINE

ACTION: EXTRACTION FROM A MINEFIELD (DISMOUNTED).

CONDITIONS: GIVEN A SQUAD WITH INDIVIDUAL COMBAT EQUIPMENT, MINE PROBES, AND MARKING MATERIALS. SQUAD FINDS ITSELF IN A MINEFIELD BY VISUAL DETECTION OR MINE DETONATION.

STANDARDS: SQUAD DETECTS AND MARKS MINES ALONG A DESIGNATED PATH (ABC METHOD) AND EXTRACTS ALL SOLDIERS WITHOUT DETONATING ANY MINES

PROBING