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Determine target location using grid coordinates

Station F – MAP READING – Point F-2

TASK: Determine target location using grid coordinates.

TEST CONDITIONS: During daylight, given a 1:50,000 scale map, a lensatic compass, a coordinate scale and protractor, binoculars, and pencil and paper, the candidate is shown the location (on the ground, to the front) of two enemy targets.

TEST STANDARDS: Determine the 6 digit grid coordinate for each target and plot the targets on the map. The candidates will receive two minutes to accomplish the requirements for each target for a total of four minutes. Grid coordinates will be within 100 meters of the target location and contain the correct two letter 100,000 meter square identifier.

SOLDIER’S MANUAL CROSSWALK: This task parallels task number 071 329 1002 in STP 21 1 SMCT, and FM 21-26.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR POINT: Coordinate scale and protractor, 1:50,000 scale map, pencil and paper, clipboard, stopwatch, field table, and FB Form 20 20.2 R.

SITE SETUP: Select a site with identifiable terrain features. Select a target location close to the terrain features. Provide a map with the point site plotted on it, coordinate scale and protractor, and paper and pencil for each candidate. This ensures that you select a number of target locations to ensure candidates do not use the same targets. Targets must be clearly identifiable. Conduct this test during daylight and in clear weather.

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES: Say to the candidates–

“Let me have your attention. At this point you must determine target location using grid coordinates. You will locate two enemy positions by using grid coordinates. Each target must be located within 100 meters using a 6 digit grid coordinate. You have two minutes to accomplish the requirements for each target for a total of four minutes. You will receive a 1:50,000 scale map, a lensatic compass, binoculars, a coordinate scale and protractor, and paper and pencil. Do you understand what you must do?”

If anyone has questions, repeat the instructions but do not elaborate on what you have read. Then say–

“Your present location is _____________. (Give the 6 digit grid coordinate for the candidate’s location.) Your first target location is the ____________” (Point out the target.)

Pause for five seconds and then say–

“BEGIN.”

Allow the candidate to proceed for two minutes and then say–

“STOP.”

Pause for ten seconds and then say–

“Your second target location is the ___________.” (Point out the target.)

Pause for five seconds and then say–

“BEGIN.”

Allow the candidate to proceed for two minutes and then say —

“STOP”

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