Given a squad leader with a squad or platoon
sergeant with a platoon or acting platoon
leader defending as part of a larger unit.
The unit has just repelled an enemy assault.
Consolidated the unit (squad or platoon) in
the defense following enemy contact.
enemy resistance on the objective has
ceased, the squad or platoon must
quickly take the following steps to
consolidate and prepare to defend
against a counterattack:
Reestablish security if the
observation post (OP) withdrew back to
the defensive position, send them back
out. If the OP did not return, they
must be accounted for and returned.
Use snipers (if available) for
targets of opportunity. They may be
employed with the OP or at a vantage
point on or behind the defensive
Restore camouflage and improve
fighting positions. Do not
over-camouflage positions. If it was
not found during the first assault,
chances are it will not be found
during the next counterattack.
Reestablish communications to higher
headquarters and throughout the
platoon and squad. Check wires to
ensure it does not break during the
attack. Change pyrotechnic signals for
the enemy may have learned what they
Replace obstacles, mines, and early
warning devices (conduct only if the
enemy withdraws far enough and time
permits). This is a risky action,
especially if the enemy has snipers.
Soldiers must use caution when moving
about. Request smoke to conceal their
movement or have them wait until
Reposition fighting and weapons
positions. If the squad or platoon has
just repelled an attack, the enemy may
have found some of the positions.
Reposition those that have been
Reassign sectors of fire to ensure
that all gaps caused by the evacuation
of casualties are covered and that the
firing positions remain mutually
Implement alert and sleep plans once
all of the above have been
accomplished and is feasible to the
Provide a squad or platoon in an established
defensive position, simulated casualties,
simulated EPWs, simulated destroyed
crew-served weapons, blank ammunition, and a
Soldier: Tell the soldier this task
should be conducted and evaluated in a
realistic field environment using a
realistic combat scenario.
1. Reestablished security throughout the squad and
2. Used snipers (if available).
3. Restored camouflage and improved positions.
4. Reestablished communications.
5. Replaced obstacles, mines, and early warning
Repositioned fighting and
Reassigned sectors of fire for
the squad and platoon.
Implemented sleep and alert
plans (if feasible).
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
what was done wrong and how to do it