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191-376-4122 (SL1) - Position Yourself in Riot Control Formations

Standards: Position yourself in a formation, as directed by the squad or platoon leader to control the crowd effectively.

Conditions:
You are given orders to be a member of a
squad or platoon detailed in a crowd control
situation. You are given a riot baton, an
M16 rifle, a bayonet with a sheath, a flak
vest, a protective mask, a helmet with a
face shield, and shin guards.

Standards:
Position yourself in a formation, as
directed by the squad or platoon leader to
control the crowd effectively.

Performance
Steps

1.   Assume the safe-port position as shown in Figure 191-376-4122-1.






Figure 191-376-4122-1.
Safe-port position

 

Note. Use this position when moving into a riot-control
formation or when changing formations.

a.
Grasp the small of the
gun stock with your right hand. The
forefinger should be toward the rear
of the pistol grip.

b.
Use your left hand to
hold the sling against the hand
guard by grasping the weapon just
below the sling and touching the
upper swing swivel. Ensure that the
magazine well faces away from your
body.

c.
Hold the upper part of
your left arm parallel with the
ground, and bend your elbow so the
forearm is straight up.

d.
Keep your right elbow
close to the body.

e.
Position the heel of the
rifle butt slightly to the right of
your right shirt pocket.

f. 
Slant the rifle enough to
look straight ahead over the
magazine well.

2.   Assume the safeguard position as shown in Figure 191-376-4122-2.






Figure 191-376-4122-2.
Safeguard position

 

a.
Use your right hand to
grasp the small of the stock and
hold it against the right side of
your waist. The butt of the stock
will extend to the rear of your
buttocks.

b.
Use your left arm,
slightly bent at the elbow, to grasp
the weapon just below the sling
swivel using your left hand. Turn
the weapon so the magazine well is
facing down.

c.
Raise the bayonet to
throat level.

d.
Place your feet together
as for the position of attention
when at a halt.

3.   Assume the on-guard position as shown in Figure 191-376-4122-3.






Figure 191-376-4122-3.
On-guard position

a.
Grasp the pistol grip
with your right hand and, using
right forearm, hold the stock snugly
against your right waist, with the
rifle butt even with the right seam
of your trousers.

b.
Use your left arm,
slightly bent at the elbow, to grasp
the weapon just below the sling
swivel using your left hand. Turn
the weapon so the magazine well is
facing down.

c.
Place your feet a
comfortable distance apart when at a
halt. Line up your left heel with
your right toe and point your toes
at the crowd. Slightly bend your
knees, and lean forward while
keeping your hips level. Point the
bayonet at throat level.

d.
Make a resounding stomp
with your left foot when assuming
the on-guard position.

Note. When using riot batons, execute the positions according
to the supervisor’s commands. Refer to
Task 191-376-4121.

4.   Form a squad line formation using the hand signal
as shown in Figure 191-376-4122-4. 
Assume the safe-port position
when the command "squad as
skirmishers" is given or when the
squad leader gives the hand-and-arm
signal for a squad line formation.




Figure 191-376-41224.
Hand signal for a squad line formation

 





Note. 

1. 
On the command "MOVE," the base
member will double-time to the position indicated by
the squad leader.

2. 
Remaining squad members will double-time
forward and position themselves on line with the base
member, one pace to the right of the preceding member.

3. 
Everyone will remain in the safe port position
until ordered to another position.

4. 
Any size squad, platoon, or larger unit can be
employed, and a crowd control formation can be adapted
to fit the unit’s organization.

5.   Form the squad echelon-right formation using hand
signals as shown in Figure 191-376-4122-5.   
Assume the safe port position when the command
of "SQUAD ECHELON RIGHT" is given or when
the squad leader gives the hand signal for an
echelon-right formation.




Figure 191-376-4122-5. Hand
Signa
l for a squad
right formation

 

Notes.


1. 
On the command "MOVE," the base
member will double-time to the position indicated by
the squad leader.

2. 
Remaining squad members will double-time
forward and position themselves on line with the base
member, one pace to the right and one pace to the rear
of the preceding member.

3. 
Everyone will remain at safe port until ordered
to another position.

6.   Form a squad echelon-left formation (Figure 191-376-4122-6).






Figure 191-376-4122-6.
Hand signal for a squad echelon-left formation

 

7.   Form the squad wedge formation using the hand
signal shown in Figure 191-376-4122-7. 
Assume the safe-port position when the command
"SQUAD WEDGE" is given or when the squad
leader gives the hand signal for a wedge formation.



Figure 191-376-4122-7. H
and
signal for a squad wedge formation

 

Notes.

1. 
On the command "MOVE," the base
member will double-time to the position indicated by
the squad leader.

2. 
Remaining odd-numbered squad members will
double-time forward and position themselves on line
with the base member, one pace to the left and one
pace to the rear of the preceding member.

3. 
Remaining even-numbered squad members will
double-time forward and position themselves on line
with the base member, one pace to the right and one
pace to the rear of the preceding member.

4.
Everyone will remain at the safe-port position until
ordered to another position.

8.   Assemble from a riot control formation.

a.
On the command "SQUAD
ASSEMBLE," assume the safe-port position.

b.
On the command "MOVE," the base
member will double-time to the position indicated by
the squad leader.

Note.  Remaining
squad members will double-time forward and form a
column behind the base member. 
Everyone will remain at the safe-port position
until ordered to another position.

Evaluation
Preparation: 

Setup:  Have each
soldier being evaluated perform at every
position within the formations.

Brief
Soldier: 
Brief the soldier on the nine positions
of a squad and review Task 191-376-4121.

Performance
Measures

GO

NO
GO

1.   Assumed the safe-port position.

2.   Assumed the safeguard position.

3.   Assumed the on-guard position.

4.   Formed a squad line formation using hand signals.

5.   Formed the squad echelon-right formation using hand
signals.

6.   Formed a squad echelon left formation.

7.   Formed a squad wedge formation.

8.   Assembled from a riot control formation.

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 fails any performance measure, show
him how to do it correctly.

References

 

Required

Related

 

TC
19-138

FM
19-15

 


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