AND PLATOON BATTLE DRILLS
DRILL 1A: CONDUCT SQUAD ATTACK|
Conduct Squad Attack (7-4-D101).
squad is moving as part of a platoon conducting a movement to contact or hasty
or deliberate attack. The enemy has indirect fire and CAS capabilities.
The squad is not surprised or fixed by the enemy.
Squad members locate and engage known or suspected enemy positions with well-aimed
The squad kills, captures, or forces the withdrawal of the enemy.
Soldiers receiving fire take up the nearest positions that afford them protection
from enemy fire (cover) and observation (concealment).
on Enemy Contact.
The fire team in contact immediately returns a heavy volume of suppressive
fire in the direction of the enemy. It attempts to achieve suppressive fires.
The team providing suppressive fires marks its flanks by throwing ir chemlight
bundles or ir flares and continues to use AN/PVS-7B and AN/PAQ-4 to place well-aimed,
accurate fires on the enemy. The squad employs M203 and hand-held ir smoke
to screen the assaulting team's movement.
Soldiers in the fire team in contact move to positions (bound or crawl) from
which they can fire their weapons, and position themselves to ensure they have
observation, fields of fire, cover, and concealment. They continue to fire
and report known or suspected enemy positions to the fire team leader.
The team leader directs fires using tracers, AN/PAQ-4, or standard fire commands.
The fire team not in contact takes covered and concealed positions in place
and observes to the flanks and rear of the squad using night vision goggles
The squad leader assesses the situation. He reports contact to the platoon
leader and moves toward the fire team in contact.
Using AN/PVS-7B, AN/PVS-4, AN/PAQ-4 and ir flares, the fire team in contact
acquires known and suspected enemy position(s).
The fire team leader in contact begins to facilitate C2 by directing fires
with his AN/PAQ-4 and tracers. He directs his team to mark the flanks by throwing
ir chemlight bundles or ir flares to help the trail fire team SEE the location
of friendly troops.
The squad leader uses his AN/PVS-7B to help him see as he moves into a position
where he can observe the enemy and can assess the situation. He uses his hand-held
laser pointer to illuminate the objective area to identify key enemy positions
(based on MTETT). He uses ir illumination (hand-held or mortars) to silhouette
the enemy positions.
The squad leader requests, through the platoon leader, immediate suppression
The squad leader reports the size and location, and any other information to
the platoon leader.
The squad leader determines if the fire team in contact can gain suppressive
fire based on the volume and accuracy of enemy fire. If the answer is yes,
the fire team continues to suppress the enemy.
The fire team destroys or suppresses enemy crew-served weapons first. The fire
team leader identifies enemy positions and controls his fire team using the
AN/PAQ-4 and/or tracers. He illuminates the target area using hand-held ir
The fire team leader continues to control fires using AN/PAQ-4 and standard
fire commands. Soldiers use AN/PVS-7Bs and AN/PVS-4s to deliver sustained,
Buddy teams fire so that they are not reloading at the same time.
If the answer is no, the squad leader then deploys the fire team not in contact
with the enemy to establish a support by fire position. He reports to the platoon
leader. Normally, the squad will become the base of fire element for the platoon.
The squad continues to shoot well-aimed fires at the enemy and responds to
orders from the platoon leader. (The platoon leader, his RTO, the platoon FO,
one machine gun team, the squad leader of the next squad, as well as the weapons
squad leader and the other machine gun team, are already moving IAW Battle
Drill 1, Conduct Platoon Attack, 7-3-D101.)
If the fire team in contact can suppress the enemy, the squad leader determines
if the fire team not in contact can maneuver. He uses his AN/PVS-7B, hand-held
laser pointer in wide angle, and/or ir flares to make the following assessments:a.
Location of enemy positions and obstacles.
Size of enemy force engaging the squad. (The number of automatic weapons, presence
of enemy vehicles, and the employment of indirect fires are indicators of enemy
Covered and concealed flanking route to the enemy position.
If the answer is yes, the squad leader maneuvers the fire team in the assault.
The squad leader directs the fire team in contact to support the movement of
the other fire team and helps them SEE by illuminating the target area with
his hand-held laser pointer and/or ir flares.
The squad leader SEEs with AN/PVS-7B to control the maneuver of the squad.
He uses his hand-held laser pointer to guide the maneuver of the fire team
not in contact. Using his pointer, he shows the team leader the following:
Enemy positions and obstacles.
A vulnerable flank.
A covered and concealed route to the flank.
If required, the squad leader illuminates the area with his hand-held laser
pointer on wide angle.
The fire team leader in contact SEEs the squad leader's laser through his AN/PVS
7B and follows the commands given by the squad leader.
The fire team in contact:
SEEs the team leader's AN/PAQ-4 laser and tracers through his AN/PVS-7B. Team
members guide in on the team leader's laser and place well-aimed fires against
the enemy positions.
The team leader continues to mark high pay off targets with his AN/PAQ-4.
The squad leader provides C2 by directing the fire team in contact to support
the movement of the other team. He uses the laser pointer to first designate
the left and the right limits of supporting fires, then he uses the laser to
show both team leaders the movement route of the maneuver team.
The squad leader requests indirect fires to destroy and isolate enemy positions.
The squad leader uses AN/PVS-7B to see as he leads the assaulting team along
the covered and concealed route to the flank of the enemy position.
Upon reaching the last covered and concealed position:
The squad leader positions himself where he can best control his teams.
The squad leader provides C2 signal (ir flares) to the fire team in support
to lift or shift fires away from the assaulting team.
The assaulting fire team assaults the enemy position from the blind side and
does not mask the fire of the team in support.
Soldiers constantly watch for enemy positions and other enemy positions in
support of those positions.
The squad leader inspects the area using AN/PVS-7B and ir flashlight, ir source
on his AN/PVS-7s, or his hand-held laser pointer to ensure that the enemy is
destroyed and reports and reorganizes as needed to continue the mission.
Once the assaulting fire team has seized the objective, the squad leader establishes
The squad leader employs an ir signal for the support team to move into a designated
The squad leader designates left and right limits of fire using his hand-held
The squad leader positions key weapons.
All soldiers occupy hasty defensive positions.
The squad leader develops an initial fire support plan against an enemy counterattack.
The squad leader posts an OP to provide early warning.
The squad performs the following tasks:
Reestablish the chain of command.
Redistribute and resupply ammunition.
Man crew-served weapons first.
Redistribute critical equipment, to include night-fighting equipment.
Treat casualties and evacuate wounded.
Fill key vacant positions.
Search, silence, segregate, safeguard, and speed EPWs to collection points.
Collect and report enemy information and material.
Team leaders provide ammunition, casualty, and equipment reports to the squad
The squad leader consolidates the ACE report and passes it to the platoon leader
or platoon sergeant.
After receiving instructions from the platoon leader, the squad continues the
The squad leader reports the situation to the platoon leader.
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