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Land Nav Task 11 - Orient a Map to the Ground by Map-Terrain Association

Standards: Oriented the map to within 30 degrees of north.

Given a standard 1:50,000-scale military map
in the field in daylight.

Oriented the map to within 30 degrees of


Performance Steps

Match terrain features
appearing on the map with physical
features on the ground (figure C-34).

Figure C-34. Features used to orient


Hold the map in a horizontal

Line up features on the ground
with those on the map.

Check orientations obtained by
this method by placing a compass along
one of the north-south grid lines to
keep from orienting the map in the
wrong direction (that is, 180 degrees
out) or by aligning two or more
features. Incorporate the declination
constant in determining the 30


Use an area of terrain with identifiable
terrain features, natural and/or man-made.
Provide a field table and a 1:50,000-scale
map of the area.

Soldier: Tell the soldier to use the
terrain features around him or her, the
soldier must orient the map to within 30
degrees of north.

Performance Measures



Matched terrain features by
holding map in horizontal position and
lining up features on the ground.

Checked orientations.

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
the soldier what was done wrong and how to
do it correctly.









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