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071-008-0007 (SL1) - Engage Targets with an M16-Series Rifle Using an AN/PAS-13 Series Thermal Weapon Sight

Standards: Detected and determined range to targets. Fired the M16-series rifle to engage targets in the assigned sector of fire. Applied correct marksmanship fundamentals and target engagement techniques so each target was hit or suppressed.

Conditions: Given an M16-series rifle with a mounted and zeroed
AN/PAS-13 series thermal weapon sight (TWS),
loaded magazines with 5.56-mm ammunition,
threat targets, and a requirement to engage
such targets.

Detected and determined range to targets.
Fired the M16-series rifle to engage targets
in the assigned sector of fire. Applied
correct marksmanship fundamentals and target
engagement techniques so each target was hit
or suppressed.

Performance Steps

1.   Place TWS into operation.

2.   Assume an appropriate firing position based on the
situation. The firing position should
protect you from enemy fire and
observation, yet allow you to place
effective fire on targets in your
sector of fire.

Foxhole. Advantages: best
when available. Disadvantages: no
overhead cover.

Prone. Advantages: steady,
easy to assume, low silhouette, and
easily adapted to use of cover and
support. Disadvantages: effectiveness
can be limited by terrain and
vegetation irregularities.

Prone supported.
Advantages: steadier than prone, other
advantages the same as prone.
Disadvantages: same as prone.

Kneeling. Advantages: used
when firing from behind something,
used on ground that is level or gently
sloping upward. Disadvantage: exposed
to small arms fire.

Kneeling supported.
Advantages: steadier than kneeling;
other advantages the same as kneeling.
Disadvantages: exposure to small arms

Standing. Advantages: used
in assault to surprise targets or when
other positions are not appropriate.
Disadvantages: Unstable and allows
more exposure to small arms fire.

3.   Identify targets in your designated sector of fire.

4.   Load the weapon.

5.   Acquire targets using TWS reticle. Use the small
dots shown in a horizontal row to the
right of the reticle center as aiming
points for M16-series rifles.

Personnel: Place the target
on the horizontal line and match its
height with one of the vertical lines.
Measurement is made from the
horizontal line to the top (or bottom)
of each vertical line for the range

Tank: When viewed from the
side, place the left edge of tank at
the left side of the horizontal line.
Read the range to the tank from the
scale at the right edge of the tank.
When viewed from front or rear, use
one half the indicated range value
(because width of the tank is
approximately half the length of the

6.   Fire on target(s) until they are destroyed or until
you receive an order to cease fire.

Evaluation Preparation: 

Setup: Evaluate this task on a live-fire range. Provide the soldier
with the equipment and materials in task

Soldier: Brief the soldier on range
safety according to installation SOP. Tell
the soldier to assume the prone supported or
supported fighting position. Tell him you
are evaluating his ability to place
effective fire on targets using the
M16-series rifle equipped with the AN/PAS-13
thermal weapon sight.




1.   Placed TWS into operation.

2.   Assumed an appropriate firing position based on the

3.   Identified targets in the designated sector of

4.   Loaded the weapon.

5.   Acquired targets using TWS reticle.

6.   Fired on target(s) until they were destroyed or
until the order to cease fire was

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
him what was done wrong and how to do it












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