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Use visual signaling techniques (dismounted/mounted)


TASK: Use visual signaling techniques (dismounted/mounted).

TEST CONDITIONS: During daylight, given a command to execute various arm-and-hand signals that support your unit METL.

TEST STANDARDS: Demonstrate each of the twelve signals within ten seconds after being given the name of a signal.

SOLDIER’S MANUAL CROSSWALK: This task is the same as STP-21-24-SMCT or FM 21-60 task 071-326-0608.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR POINT: Stopwatch, clipboard, field table, pencil or ballpoint pen, and FB Form 20-13.3-R.

SITE SETUP: No special setup is required for this point. However, try to keep the waiting candidates from watching the other candidates take this test. One way to do this is to have waiting candidates stand at ease, facing away from the test site. Candidates need not give signals in the sequence listed.

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES: Say to the candidates–

“Let me have your attention. At this point you must demonstrate twelve standard arm-and-hand signals for day and or night operation. I will give you the name of a signal, and you then have ten seconds to correctly demonstrate the named signal. You must do this for each of the signals.”

“Do you understand what you must do?”

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

Pause for five seconds and then say–

“READY, (name of signal).

1. Action right.

2. Bounding overwatch, cover me.

3. Advance or move out.

4. Neutral steer (track vehicles).

5. Move forward.

6. Halt or stop.

7. Button up or unbutton.

8. Right or left turn.

9. Stop engines.

10. Dismount.

11. Attention.

12. Close distance between vehicles and stop.

Allow the candidate ten seconds, no more, no less, to perform each signal command and then say–


Mark the candidate “PASS” or “FAIL” for the named signal. Continue the above process until you have tested the candidate on all twelve signals.

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