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071-326-0513 (SL1) - Select Temporary Fighting Positions

Standards: Selected a firing position that protected you from enemy observation and fire, and allowed you to place effective fire on enemy positions without exposing most of your head and body.

Conditions:
You must select a temporary fighting
position when at an overwatch position,
after initial movement into a tentative
defensive position, at a halt during
movement, or upon receiving direct fire.

Standards:
Selected a firing position that protected
you from enemy observation and fire, and
allowed you to place effective fire on enemy
positions without exposing most of your head
and body.

Performance
Steps

1.   Choose a position that takes advantage of available
cover and concealment (figure 071-326-0513-1).






Figure 071-326-0513-1.
Temporary fighting positions

 

Note. Cover gives protection from bullets, fragments of
exploding rounds, flame, nuclear
effects, and biological and chemical
agents. Cover can also conceal you
from enemy observation. Cover can be
natural or man-made. Concealment is
anything that hides you from enemy
observation. Concealment DOES NOT
protect you from enemy fire. DO NOT
think that you are protected from the
enemy’s fire just because you are
concealed. Concealment, like cover,
can also be natural or man-made.

2.   Choose a position that allows you to observe and
fire around the side of an object
while concealing most of your head and
body.

3.   Choose a position that allows you to stay low when
observing and firing, whenever
possible.

Note. This position allows you to aim better and take
advantage of concealing vegetation.

4.   Choose a position with a background that does not
silhouette you against the surrounding
environment.

Note. A position like this reduces your chances of being
detected.

5.   Follow your leader’s directions after your initial
selection of a temporary battlefield
position.

Note. Your leader may reposition you to gain better coverage
of the area.

Evaluation Preparation:  Setup:
Evaluate this task during a march or a
simulated march in an area with varying
degrees of cover and concealment. Have the
soldiers in full battle gear.

Brief
Soldier: Tell each soldier the enemy has
been reported in the area and may be
encountered at any time. At preselected
points during the march, at a rest halt,
after ordering the soldier to take an
overwatch position, or after ordering the
soldier to take a tentative defensive
position, have him select a temporary
fighting position.

Performance
Measures

GO

NO
GO

1.   Chose a position that took advantage of available
cover and concealment.

2.   Chose a position that allowed for observation and
fire around the side of an object
while concealing most of head and
body.

3.   Chose a position that allowed you to stay low when
observing and firing, whenever
possible.

4.   Chose a position with a background that did not
silhouette you against the surrounding
environment.

5.   Followed leader’s directions after initial
selection of a temporary battlefield
position.

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

 

 


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