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  *FM 3-21.71 (FM 7-7J)
Field Manual
No. 3-21.71
Headquarters
Department of the Army
Washington, DC, 20 August 2002

 

FM 3-21.71

MECHANIZED INFANTRY PLATOON AND SQUAD (BRADLEY)

 

Table of Contents

COVER  
PREFACE  
Chapter 1 THE ROLE OF THE MECHANIZED INFANTRY RIFLE PLATOON (BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE)
 

Section I. Mechanized Infantry Rifle Platoon Employment
1-1. Close Combat
1-2. Combat Power
1-3. Capabilities
1-4. Limitations
1-5. Considerations for Tactical Employment
Section II. Mechanized Infantry Rifle Platoon (Bradley Fighting Vehicle) Organization
1-6. Mounted Element
1-7. Dismounted Element
1-8. Responsibilities

Chapter 2

COMMAND, CONTROL, AND THE TROOP-LEADING PROCEDURES

 

Section I. Command and Control
2-1. Leadership
2-2. Mission Command
Section II. Plans and Orders
2-3. Mission Statement
2-4. Combat Orders
Section III. Troop-Leading Procedures
2-5. Receive the Mission
2-6. Issue a Warning Order
2-7. Make a Tentative Plan
2-8. Initiate Movement
2-9. Conduct Reconnaissance
2-10. Complete the Plan
2-11. Issue the Operations Order
2-12. Supervise and Refine

Chapter 3

TACTICAL MOVEMENT

 

3-1. Mounted Movement Formations
3-2. Dismounted Movement Formations
3-3. Movement Techniques
3-4. Actions at Danger Areas
3-5. Security During Movement
3-6. Maneuver

Chapter 4

OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS

 

Section I. Fundamentals of Offensive Operations
4-1. Characteristics of Offensive Operations
4-2. Types of Offensive Operations
4-3. Forms of Maneuver
Section II. Sequence of Offensive Operations
4-4. Assembly Area
4-5. Reconnaissance
4-6. Movement to the Line of Departure
4-7. Maneuver
4-8. Deployment
4-9. Assault
4-10. Consolidation and Reorganization
Section III. Battlefield Operating Systems Planning Considerations
4-11. Maneuver
4-12. Fire Support
4-13. Mobility, Countermobility, and Survivability
4-14. Air Defense
4-15. Combat Service Support
Section IV. Actions on Contact
4-16. Deploy and Report
4-17. Evaluate and Develop the Situation
4-18. Choose a Course of Action
4-19. Recommend and Execute a Course of Action
Section V. Movement to Contact
4-20. Planning Considerations
4-21. Approach March Technique
4-22. Search and Attach Technique
Section VI. Attack
4-23. Reconnaissance
4-24. Movement to the Objective
4-25. Isolate the Objective
4-26. Seize a Foothold and Exploit the Penetration (Actions on the Objective)
4-27. Consolidation and Reorganization
Section VII. Special Purpose Attacks
4-28. Ambush
4-29. Raid
4-30. Counterattack
4-31. Spoiling Attack
4-32. Feint
4-33. Demonstration
Section VIII. Offensive Tactical Tasks
4-34. Seize
4-35. Clear
4-36. Suppress
4-37. Attack by Fire
4-38. Bypass

Chapter 5

DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS

 

Section I. Characteristics of the Defense
5-1. Preparation
5-2. Security
5-3. Disruption
5-4. Massing Effects
5-5. Flexibility
Section II. Sequence of the Defense
5-6. Reconnaissance and Security Operations and Enemy Preparatory Fires
5-7. Occupation
5-8. Approach of the Enemy Main Attack
5-9. Enemy Assault
5-10. Counterattack
5-11. Consolidation and Reorganization
Section III. Battlefield Operating Systems Planning Considerations
5-12. Maneuver
5-13. Fire Support
5-14. Mobility, Countermobility, and Survivability
5-15. Air Defense
5-16. Combat Service Support
Section IV. Engagement Area Development
5-17. Identify Likely Enemy Avenues of Approach
5-18. Identify the Enemy Scheme of Maneuver
5-19. Determine Where to Kill the Enemy
5-20. Emplace Weapon Systems
5-21. Plan and Integrate Obstacles
5-22. Plan and Integrate Indirect Fires
5-23. Conduct an Engagement Area Rehearsal
Section V. Occupation and Preparation of Defensive Positions
5-24. Occupation of Defensive Positions
5-25. Priority of Work
5-26. Security in the Defense
5-27. Establishment of Defensive Positions
5-28. Weapons Placement
5-29. Coordination
Section VI. Defensive Techniques
5-30. Defend in Sector
5-31. Defend a Battle Position
5-32. Defend a Strong Point
5-33. Defend a Perimeter
5-34. Defend on a Reverse Slope
Section VII. Retrograde Operations
5-35. Withdrawal
5-36. Delay
5-37. Retirement
Section VIII. Fighting and Survivability Positions
5-38. Principles
5-39. Standard Designs
5-40. Types of Fighting Positions
5-41. Vehicle Positions
5-42. Trenches

Chapter 6

URBAN OPERATIONS

 

Section I. Offense
6-1. Task Organization (Platoon Attack of a Building)
6-2. Movement
6-3. Assaulting a Building
6-4. Conduct of the Breach
6-5. Enter and Clear a Building
6-6. Consolidation and Reorganization
6-7. Continuation of the Assault Mission
Section II. Defense
6-8. Planning the Defense
6-9. Hasty Defense
6-10. Priorities of Work and Defensive Considerations
6-11. Conduct of the Defense
6-12. Consolidation and Reorganization
6-13. Counterattack
Section III. Combat Multipliers
6-14. Armored Vehicles
6-15. Engineers
6-16. Mortars
6-17. Field Artillery
6-18. Attack Helicopters
6-19. Antiarmor Weapons
6-20. Snipers

Chapter 7

TACTICAL ENABLING OPERATIONS

 

7-1. Reconnaissance
7-2. Linkup Operations
7-3. Passage of Lines
7-4. Relief in Place
7-5. Air Assault Operations
7-6. Area Security Operations
7-7. Convoy and Route Security
7-8. Checkpoints, Roadblocks, and Observation Points

Chapter 8

COMBAT SUPPORT

 

Section I. Indirect-Fire Support
8-1. Fire Planning
8-2. Fire Support Matrix
8-3. Call for Fire
8-4. Adjust Fire
8-5. Mortar Support
8-6. Field Artillery Support
8-7. Fire Direction Assets
8-8. Fire Request Channels
8-9. Close Air Support
8-10. Attack Helicopters
Section II. Combat Engineer Support
8-11. Engineer Organization
8-12. Mobility
8-13. Countermobility
8-14. Survivability
Section III. Air Defense
8-15. Active Air Defense
8-16. Passive Air Defense
8-17. Air Defense Warnings

Chapter 9

COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT

 

9-1. Individual Responsibilities
9-2. Planning Considerations
9-3. Resupply Operations
9-4. Combat Load and Basic Load
9-5. Maintenance
9-6. Evacuation Procedures
9-7. Killed in Action
9-8. Enemy Prisoners of War
9-9. Aerial Sustainment
9-10. Casualty Evacuation

Appendix A

PLATOON ORGANIZATION, SEATING, AND VEHICLE DISMOUNT DRILLS

Appendix B

M240B MACHINE GUN AND M249 SQUAD AUTOMATIC WEAPON EMPLOYMENT

Appendix C

RISK MANAGEMENT

Appendix D

FRATRICIDE AVOIDANCE

Appendix E

BATTLE DRILLS AND CREW DRILLS

Appendix F

JAVELIN EMPLOYMENT

Appendix G

FIRE CONTROL AND DISTRIBUTION TECHNIQUES

Appendix H

RANGE CARDS AND SECTOR SKETCHES

Appendix I

M2A3 BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE CONSIDERATINS

GLOSSARY  
REFERENCES  
AUTHENTICATION  

DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTION:

Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


*This publication supersedes FM 7-7J, 7 May 1993.



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