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071-326-0503 (SL1) - Move Over, Through, or Around Obstacles (Except Minefields)

Standards: Approached within 100 meters of a suspected enemy position over a specified route. Negotiated each obstacle within the time designated while retaining all equipment without becoming a casualty to a booby trap or early warning device.

Conditions:
Given individual weapon, load carrying
equipment (LCE), one smoke grenade, wood or
grass mats or chicken wire, a grappling
hook, wrapping material, wire cutters
(optional) and a buddy. During daylight or
darkness, you are at a field location,
moving over a route with natural and
man-made crossings and obstacles (walls and
barbed wire entanglements).

Standards:
Approached within 100 meters of a suspected
enemy position over a specified route. 
Negotiated each obstacle within the
time designated while retaining all
equipment without becoming a casualty to a
booby trap or early warning device.

Performance
Steps

1.   Cover your advance using smoke when crossing an
obstacle. (Task 071-325-4407, Employ
Hand Grenades.)

2.   Ensure your buddy is covering you since obstacles
are normally covered by either fire or
observation.

3.   Cross barbed wire obstacles.

Warning:
It is threat doctrine to attach
tripwire-activated mines to barbed
wire

a.
Check barbed wire for
booby traps or early warning
devices.

(1) 
Look for booby traps or
early warning devices attached to
the barbed wire.

(2) 
Throw a grappling hook
with a length of rope attached
over the barbed wire.

(3) 
Pull the rope to set
off any booby traps or early
warning devices.

b.
Cross over barbed wire
using wood, grass mats, or some
chicken wire to protect you from the
barbs.

(1) 
Throw the wood, mat, or
chicken wire over the barbed wire.

(2) 
Cross carefully because
such a mat or net forms an
unstable path.

c.
Cross under barbed wire.

(1) 
Slide headfirst on your
back under the bottom strands.

(2) 
Push yourself forward
with your shoulders and heels,
carrying your weapon lengthwise on
your body, and holding the barbed
wire with one hand while moving.

(3) 
Let the barbed wire
slide on the weapon to keep wire
from catching on clothing and
equipment.

d.
Cut your way through
barbed wire.

(1) 
Leave the top wire in
place to make it less likely that
the enemy will discover the gap.

(2) 
Wrap cloth around the
barbed wire between your hands.

(3) 
Cut partly through the
barbed wire.

(4) 
Bend the barbed wire
back and forth quietly until it
separates.

(5) 
Cut only the lower
strands.

4.   Cross exposed danger areas such as roads, trails,
or small streams.

a.
Select a point at or near
a bend in the road or stream. If
possible, select a bend that has
cover and concealment on both sides.

b.
Crawl up to the edge of
the open area.

c.
Observe the other side
carefully before crossing.

d.
Move rapidly but quietly
across the exposed area.

e.
Take cover on the other
side.

f. 
Check the area around
you.

5.   Cross over a wall.

a.
Roll quickly over the
top.

b.
Do not go over standing
upright.

6.   Cover your buddy as he crosses the obstacle.

Evaluation Preparation:  Setup:
Select a field location that has crossings,
walls, and barbed wire entanglements.
Designate a suspected opposing forces
position and point it out to the soldiers.
Establish a standard by timing yourself and
an assistant as you run the course twice.
Average times and add 10 percent as maximum
time for soldiers.

Brief
Soldier: Tell soldiers they are going to
be evaluated on how they move over, through,
and around the obstacles while attempting to
get within 100 meters of an enemy position.
Tell them they must negotiate at least one
of each type obstacle: exposed danger areas,
barbed wire, and a wall. Tell them they must
run the course within the standard.

Performance
Measures

GO

NO
GO

1.   Covered your advance using smoke.

2.   Ensured buddy was covering you.

3.   Crossed barbed wire obstacles.

a.
Checked barbed wire for
booby traps or early warning
devices.

 

 

(1) 
Looked for booby traps
or early warning devices attached
to the barbed wire.

 

 

(2) 
Threw a grappling hook
with a length of rope attached
over the barbed wire.

 

 

(3) 
Pulled the rope to set
off any booby traps or early
warning devices.

 

 

b.
Crossed
over barbed wire using wood, grass
mats, or some chicken wire.

 

 

(1) 
Threw the wood, mat, or
chicken wire over the barbed wire.

 

 

(2) 
Crossed carefully
because such a mat or net forms an
unstable path.

 

 

c.
Crossed
under barbed wire.

 

 

(1) 
Slid headfirst on back
under the bottom strands.

 

 

(2) 
Pushed forward with
shoulders and heels, carrying
weapon lengthwise on body and
holding the barbed wire with one
hand while moving.

 

 

(3) 
Let the barbed wire
slide on the weapon so that the
wire did not catch on clothing and
equipment.

 

 

d.
Cut
through barbed wire.

 

 

(1) 
Left the top wire in
place.

 

 

(2) 
Wrapped cloth around
the barbed wire between hands.

 

 

(3) 
Cut partly through the
barbed wire.

 

 

(4) 
Bent the barbed wire
quietly until it separated.

 

 

(5) 
Cut only the lower
strands.

 

 

4.   Crossed exposed danger areas such as roads, trails,
or small streams.

a.
Selected a point at or
near a bend in the road or stream
that had cover and concealment on
both sides.

 

 

b.
Crawled
up to the edge of the open area.

 

 

c.
Observed
the other side carefully before
crossing.

 

 

d.
Moved
rapidly but quietly across the
exposed area.

 

 

e.
Took
cover on the other side.

 

 

f. 
Checked the surrounding
area.

 

 

5.   Crossed over a wall.

a.
Rolled quickly over the
top.

 

 

b.
Did
not go over standing upright.

 

 

6.   Covered buddy as he crossed the obstacle.

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
him what was done wrong and how to do it
correctly.

References

 

Required

Related

 

FM
21-75