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191-379-4450 (SL3) - Supervise Handling of Enemy Personnel and Equipment at Squad Level

Standards: Ensured soldiers searched, segregated, silenced, speeded, safeguarded, and tagged (5 Ss and T) EPWs according to FM 3-19.40.

You are a squad leader in a field
environment, given a squad of soldiers, DD
Form 2745, and enemy prisoners of war (EPWs)
with equipment and weapons.

Ensured soldiers searched, segregated,
silenced, speeded, safeguarded, and tagged
(5 Ss and T) EPWs according to FM 3-19.40.


1.   Search

Thoroughly search each
captive and confiscate any weapons,
ammunition, military equipment, and
items with intelligence value and
record on DD Form 2745.

Note. Any weapons or ammunition that are impractical to retain
should be destroyed in place after
recording what the items were.

Allow captives to keep
personal property (except items that
could be used as weapons or that
could have intelligence value) of
nominal or sentimental value, such
as wedding rings. 
Personal property also
includes chemical protective
equipment (if in a chemical
environment or a potential chemical
environment), helmets, and
identification cards. Allow the EPW/civilian
internee (CI) to retain his own
rations in the early stages of

Note.  Conduct
same gender searches when possible;
however, this may not always be
possible due to speed and security
considerations. Therefore, mixed
gender searches must be performed in a
respectful manner using all possible
measures to prevent any action that
could be interpreted as sexual
molestation or assault. The squad
leader must carefully control soldiers
doing mixed gender searches to prevent
allegations of sexual misconduct. 
This does not mean the search
will not be thorough, as the safety of
you and your soldiers comes first.

2.   Segregate captives.

Segregate by rank
(officers, noncommissioned officers
[NCOs], or enlisted), sex (male and
female), civilian and military and,
when possible, nationalities and/or

Segregate captives who
surrendered willingly or who
deserted from those who resisted

Segregate captives who
cannot be readily identified as
belonging to one of the above listed

Segregate captives who do
not provide the information needed
to make a correct classification,
until their status can be

3.   Ensure that each captive has DD Form 2745.

Ensure that the form
contains the following:

Date and time of the

Grid coordinates of the

Capturing unit.

Circumstances of the

Use either DD Form 2745
or a locally produced three-part
Figure 191-379-4450-1
shows what the form looks like. 
Instructions for the use of
this form are on the reverse side of
the form.

Place part A of the
form on the captive and instruct
him not to remove or alter it.

Place part C of the
form on the bag or bundle of
property taken from the captive.

(3)  Maintain part B of
the form, as you are the capturing



Sample of DD Form 2745


4.   Report the acquisition of captives through your
chain of command.

5.   Safeguard each captive until they are released to
the military police (MP).

6.   Evacuate captives to the rear and turn them over to
the MP as soon as possible. Do not
delay evacuation to obtain name, rank,
service number, or date of birth.

Ensure that you receive
receipts from the MP for the
captives transferred to them.

Give items taken from the
captives (for security and/or
intelligence reasons) to the MP,
ensuring that each item is tagged by
the MP to identify the owner.


Position soldiers to perform the mission.
Have one or more soldiers to act as EPWs.
Provide weapons and equipment for the role

Tell the squad leader to
instruct the soldiers on what they are to do
and have the soldiers actually perform the
steps necessary to complete the task. Tell
the captive that he needs to follow
instructions. Tell the soldiers acting as
the squad not to continue to the next step
until they are told to do so by the squad




1.   Searched captives.

2.   Segregated captives.

3.   Ensured that each captive had DD Form 2745.

4.   Reported the acquisition of captives through the
chain of command.

5.   Safeguarded each captive until they were released
to the MP.

6.   Evacuated captives to the rear and turned them over
to the MP as soon as possible.

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.









Form 2745








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