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Appendix I

Paladin Howitzer Section Evaluation

This section evaluation is offered as a guide. Paladin units can modify it to fit specific training needs.

SECTION EVALUATION SCORE SHEET

SECTION EVALUATION SCORE SHEET (CONTINUED)

PHASE I: SAMPLE WRITTEN TEST

I-1. The test consists of 30 multiple choice and true/false questions worth 2 points each for a maximum score of 60 points.

1. WHAT IS THE NUMBER 1 MAN'S FIRST ACTION WHEN CHECKFIRE IS CALLED, AND A ROUND IS IN THE TUBE?

A. ATTEMPT TO FIRE TWO ADDITIONAL TIMES
B. CEASE ALL ACTIONS AND ANNOUNCE CHECKFIRE
C. CALL HIMSELF OUT OF THE MISSION
D. ALL OF THE ABOVE

2. DURING FIRE MISSIONS, PRIOR TO FIRING, WHAT MUST BE DONE WITH UNUSED POWDER INCREMENTS?

A. THEY MUST BE STORED IN THE POWDER PIT
B. THEY ARE STORED IN THE PROPELLANT CANISTER WITH THE LID SECURED
C. INCREMENTS ARE HANDED OUT THE SIDE WINDOW AND STORED IN THE AMMUNITION VEHICLE
D. ALL OF THE ABOVE

3. THE COS KNOWS HIS NAVIGATION SUBSYSTEM IS BEING PLGR AIDED WHEN__________________.

A. THE "A" IS DISPLAYED IN FIELD # 7 ON THE DISPLAY
B. THE "A" IS NOT DISPLAYED IN FIELD # 7 ON THE DISPLAY
C. FIELD # 7 DISPLAYS "CMD"
D. NONE OF THE ABOVE

4. THE LEAD FILTER INTAKE SYSTEM MUST BE USED____________.

A. WHILE FIRING SMOKE ROUNDS
B. WHEN FIRING THE M203 CHARGE
C. NOT NECESSARY TO USE AT TEMPERATURES LESS THAN 60 DEGREES
D. DURING ALL FIRING

5. DURING A "FIRE WHEN READY" FIRE MISSION, THE ONLY WHITE SOFT KEY LABELS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE ARE__________,___________AND___________.

A. READY, INVENTORY, AND ABORT
B. SHOT, CLEAR, AND EOM
C. SHOT, CHECK, AND ABORT
D. NONE OF THE ABOVE

6. _______________MUST BE ENTERED INTO THE AFCS AS THE LOADING ELEVATION.

A. MAX QE ON THE SAFETY-T
B. MIN QE ON THE SAFETY-T
C. 299 MILS
D. NONE OF THE ABOVE

7. THE "MAX ELEVATION MENU" HAS THREE AVAILABLE ENTRY OPTIONS. WHICH OPTION IS USED TO INPUT THE MAX QE FROM THE SAFETY-T?

A. USE TUBE POSITION
B. TYPE NEW VALUE
C. MAX QE ENTRY
D. USE DEFAULT VALUE (1333)

8. THE TOLERANCE FOR DIRECTION VERIFICATION WITH THE M2 COMPASS IS__________MILS.

A. 50 MILS
B. 10 MILS
C. 100 MILS
D. 20 MILS

9. WHEN SHOULD THE PROPELLANT TEMPERATURE BE UPDATED INTO THE AFCS?

A. AT LEAST EVERY 2 HOURS
B. ONLY DURING INITIALIZATION
C. EVERY 20 MINUTES
D. ONLY WHEN DIRECTED BY POC

10. WHEN CONDUCTING DIRECTION VERIFICATION WITH THE M2 COMPASS, THE MEASURED AZIMUTH SHOULD BE COMPARED TO___________ON THE DISPLAY.

A. THE "AOF"
B. THE "GUN TARGET LINE"
C. THE "HEADING" ON THE DISPLAY
D. NONE OF THE ABOVE

11. THE M577A1 FUZE MAY BE USED ON THE M107 HE PROJECTILE, SET AT PD ACTION.

A. TRUE          B. FALSE

12. IAW FM 3-09.70, A VERIFICATION MISSION MUST BE CONDUCTED WHEN___________.

A. AFTER INITIALIZATION
B. DURING LIVE FIRE
C. WHEN THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE DATABASE
D. BOTH A. AND C.
E. NONE OF THE ABOVE

13. DURING A HIPSHOOT THE COS MUST VERIFY HIS IMMEDIATE CREST BY PRESSING THE________KEY ON THE DISPLAY.

A. "ARRIVE" KEY
B. "ACK" KEY
C. "LOAD" KEY
D. "LAY" KEY

14. DURING AFCS FIRE MISSIONS, PRIOR TO ANNOUNCING THE COMMAND TO FIRE, THE COS MUST VERIFY THAT THE ACTUAL AND COMMANDED DF AND QE ARE WITHIN TOLERANCE, THE LAY KEY IS BACKLIT, AND__________________.

A. THE TRAVEL LOCK IS UP
B. THE GUN-DRIVE SERVO LIGHT IS LIT
C. THE PROMPT "WARNING TUBE IS NOT IN LAY POSITION" IS NOT DISPLAYED
D. ALL OF THE ABOVE

15. YOU ARE THE NUMBER 1 MAN FOR 3RD SECTION FIRING A TWO ROUND WHEN READY FIRE MISSION. ON THE SECOND ROUND BEING FIRED, THE PRIMER DID NOT FIRE. YOU HAVE ANNOUNCED MISFIRE TO THE COS. HOW LONG DOES THE SECTION HAVE TO FIRE THE ROUND AFTER THE ROUND WAS CHAMBERED? (THE TUBE IS WARM.)

16. THE ALERT "OK TO SHOOT OR MOVE" INDICATES NAVIGATION ALIGNMENT HAS REACHED_________________.

A. 0 MILS ACCURACY
B. A FULL 15 MINUTE ALIGNMENT
C. 1 MIL ACCURACY
D. 10 METER ACCURACY

17. IN FIELD # 2, "MISSION STATUS" WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING MAY APPEAR?

A. ALN______S
B. MOVE ORDER
C. FIRE MISSION
D. ALL OF THE ABOVE

18. THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE RADIUS IN A FIRING AREA IS 250 METERS.

A. TRUE          B. FALSE

19. THERE ARE ________ OPERATIONAL MODES FOR THE AFCS "AUTOMATIC FIRE CONTROL SYSTEM.

A. NORMAL
B. 2
C. 3
D. 1

20. THE GPS/PLGR BATTERY MUST BE REMOVED PRIOR TO______________.

A. CONDUCTING FIRE MISSIONS
B. CONNECTING TO VEHICLE POWER
C. LAYING THE GUN
D. PERFORMING A ZUPT

21. THE DOTTED LINE ON THE "EMPLACE FIRE AREA/POINT" SCREEN REPRESENTS_____________.

A. CURRENT HEADING
B. FAULTY PIXELS ON THE DISPLAY
C. DESIRED HEADING
D. GUN-TARGET LINE FOR FPF/PRI

22. ANYONE THAT SEES AN UNSAFE ACT SHOULD CALL CHECK-FIRE.

A. TRUE          B. FALSE

23. WHAT DATA MUST BE ENTERED INTO THE AFCS "DIRECT FIRE SCREEN", FOR CONDUCTING DIRECT FIRE.

A. DEFLECTION/QUADRANT
B. RANGE/QUADRANT
C. ELEVATION/RANGE
D. RANGE/ UP/DOWN

24. WHEN THE COS PRESSES THE LOAD KEY ON THE DISPLAY, THE HOWITZER TUBE WILL_______________________.

A. AUTOMATICALLY MOVE TO THE AOF (BASE DEFLECTION) AND THE PREDETERMINED ELEVATION.
B. MOVE TO THE LOAD ELEVATION ONLY.
C. MOVE TO THE PREDETERMINED LOAD ELEVATION, THE AOF (BASE DEFLECTION), AND/OR THE COMMANDED DEFLECTION
D. NONE OF THE ABOVE

25. THE CHIEF OF SECTION'S FIRST ACTION WHEN HIS HOWITZER BECOMES DEGRADED IS TO_______________.

A. CALL HIMSELF OUT
B. GO TO AN SCP POINT
C. NOTIFY POC
D. DISREGUARD AND CONTINUE

26. A BCS DATA XFER, "PIECE STATUS" MUST BE SENT TO THE POC ON ALL OCCUPATIONS.

A. TRUE          B. FALSE

27. WHICH OF THE BELOW LISTED ARE THE PREFIRE CHECKS THAT MUST BE DONE PRIOR TO FIRING.

A. LOW VOLTAGE, RAMMER, TUBE, BREECH ASSEMBLY, RECUPERATOR, AND REPLINISHER.
B. LOW VOLTAGE, TUBE, BREECH, AND RECUPERATOR.
C. LOW VOLTAGE, RAMMER, TUBE, BREECH ASSEMBLY, RECUPERATOR, REPLINISHER, AND THE DA FORM 4513.
D. NONE OF THE ABOVE

28. THE FOLLOWING FUZES ARE FIRED WITH THE M107 DEEP CAVITY HE PROJECTILE.

A. M557, M739, M564, M582, M577, M732
B. M557, M379, M564, M582, M565, M728
C. M557, M739, M565, M577, M728, M732
D. M557, M739, M564, M582, M728, M732

29. YOUR PLATOON SERGEANT HAS DIRECTED YOU TO CONDUCT HOWITZER CONFIDENCE TEST FOR DIRECTION VERIFICATION WITH SURVEY CONTROL AND AN AZIMUTH TO A KNOWN POINT. WHAT IS THE TOLERANCE FOR THIS TEST IN MILS?

A. 0 MILS
B. 2 MILS
C. 1 MIL
D. 5 MILS

30. EXPLAIN THE PROPER WAY TO MATE AND TIGHTEN A FUZE TO A PROJECTILE.


PHASE II: PREPARATION FOR FIRING OPERATIONS

TASK 1: PREPARATION FOR DELIBERATE OCCUPATION OF FIRING POSITION

Conditions

I-2. The section is in the tactical assembly area (TAA). The evaluator will read the following: Your section is preparing to leave the TAA for a deliberate occupation. The advance party will depart in 15 minutes. Your platoon sergeant has informed you that the main body will depart in 45 minutes and that your section should make all necessary preparations for movement to include before operations checks and services on the howitzer and FAASV.

Standards

I-3. Perform before operations checks and services on howitzer and FAASV. Load and stow equipment, and check personnel and equipment as outlined in TM or according to unit SOP as applicable. NOTE: 1SG will check blocks 1 and 2 during the section competition.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-4. 25 points each will be awarded for a "go" rating in blocks 1 and 2. 5 points each will be awarded for a "go" in blocks 3 through 8. For each "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


TASK 2: DISASSEMBLY OF BREECH MECHANISM

Conditions

I-5. After giving the howitzer section approximately 45 minutes to complete Task 1, the evaluator reads the following situation to the COS:

I-6. During the conduct of the before operation checks and services on your cannon, you noted a malfunction in the breech mechanism. To troubleshoot the exact cause, you decide that you must disassemble the breech mechanism. You may select any member(s) of your section to perform this task. However, you may not physically perform any action. You have 1 minute to select the section member(s) to perform this task and assemble all required tools and manuals. At the end of 1 minute, the evaluator gives the following instructions to the section member(s) performing the task:

Standards

I-7. Disassemble breech, firing mechanism and obturator group as outlined in TM without error. Perform all actions in a safe manner without damage to equipment or injury to personnel. "ARE YOU READY?.GO".

Evaluation

Scoring

I-8. If a "go" rating is awarded, the disassembly will be graded according to speed of execution as outlined in the table below. If a "no go" rating is awarded, 0 points will be awarded for the entire task.


TASK 3: ASSEMBLY OF BREECH MECHANISM

Conditions

I-9. After evaluating Task 2, the evaluator reads the following to the COS and the section members previously selected for disassembly of the breech:

Standards

I-10. Reassemble breech, firing mechanism and obturator group as outlined in TM without error. Perform all actions in a safe manner without damage to equipment or injury to personnel. "ARE YOU READY?.GO".

Scoring

I-11. If a "go" rating is awarded, the assembly will be graded according to speed of execution as outlined in the table below. If a "no go" rating is awarded, 0 points will be awarded for the entire task.


TASK 4: PERFORMANCE OF MICROMETER TEST ON THE GUNNER'S QUADRANT

Conditions

I-12. After evaluating Task 3, the evaluator reads the following to the howitzer COS:

I-13. Because of recent firing inaccuracies, the platoon leader has told each howitzer section to perform the micrometer and end-for-end tests on its gunner's quadrants. You (or any member of your section) will perform the micrometer test and announce any error and corrective action. After the micrometer test, do not remove the gunner's quadrant from the breech until told to do so by the evaluator.

Standards

I-14. Perform micrometer test on the gunner's quadrant as outlined in the TM without error. "ARE YOU READY?.GO".

Scoring

I-15. If all "go" ratings are awarded, the score will be determined by the speed of execution as outlined in the table below. If a "no go" rating is awarded, 0 points will be awarded for the entire task.


TASK 5: PERFORMANCE OF THE END-FOR-END TEST

Conditions

I-16. After evaluating Task 4, the evaluator reads the following to the COS:

I-17. Now that the micrometer test has been done, you (or any member of your section) will perform the end-for-end test on your gunner's quadrant. At the conclusion of the test:

  • Leave the gunner's quadrant on the breech
  • Announce the error to the evaluator
  • Announce to the evaluator if the gunner's quadrant is serviceable or unserviceable

Standards

I-18. Perform end-for-end test on the gunner's quadrant as outlined in the TM without error. "ARE YOU READY?.GO".

Evaluation

Scoring

I-19. If all "go" ratings were awarded, the score for the task will be determined by the speed of execution as outlined in the table below. If a "no go" is awarded, 0 points will be awarded for the entire task.


TASK 6: CREW SERVED AND INDIVIDUAL WEAPONS

Conditions

I-20. Prior to departing the TAA, the platoon leader informs the chiefs to check all crew and individual weapons for proper functioning.

Standards

I-21. Perform functions check of individual and crew served weapons without error IAW applicable TMs. Perform head space and timing check on M2 machine guns without error IAW applicable TM.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-22. For each "go" rating, 5 points will be awarded, for a maximum 15 points. For each "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


TASK 7: AFCS INITIALIZATION

Conditions

I-23. Given a fully operational M109A6 howitzer, a SCP location, and an operational POC under field conditions, the section will conduct AFCS initialization.

Standards

I-24. Initialize the AFCS in order without error. Chief of section, gunner, or ATC must initialize the AFCS. AFCS must be checked by a second person who is safety certified.

Evaluation

Evaluation Task 7: AFCS Initialization (Continued)

Scoring

I-25. If all "go" ratings were awarded, the score for the task is 30 points. For a "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded for this entire task.


PHASE III: OCCUPATION

TASK 8: CONDUCT A TACTICAL MOVE TO A FIRING POSITION

Conditions

I-26. The section is conducting combat operations and receives an order that requires displacement.

Standards

I-27. Section must be in position at the prescribed time in order to conduct fire mission.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-28. For each "go" rating, 2 points will be awarded, for a maximum of 20 points. For each "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


TASK 9: EMERGENCY MISSION

Conditions

I-29. During movement to another PA, you receive a call for fire (fire mission). Your section must conduct an emergency fire mission. (You have departed your original PA.)

Standards

I-30. Section fires the mission IAW ARTEP 6-037-30-MTP.

Evaluation

Evaluation Task 9: Emergency Mission (Continued)

Scoring

I-31. For each "go" rating, 3 points will be awarded, for a maximum of 51 points. For each "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


TASK 10: DELIBERATE OCCUPATION

Conditions

I-32. The section is occupying a new firing position that has been reconnoitered and set up by the GSG.

Standards

I-33. Establish firing capability without error IAW ARTEP 6-037-30-MTP.

Evaluation

Evaluation Task 10: Deliberate Occupation (Continued)

Scoring

I-34. For each "go" rating, 5 points will be awarded, for a maximum of 100 points. For each "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


TASK 11: FIRE MISSIONS

Conditions

I-35. You have completed the occupation of a new firing position and reported to the POC that you are RTF. You will conduct indirect fire missions as sent from the POC.

Standards

I-36. The howitzer section is ready to fire within 30 seconds (45 seconds for high angle, 1 minute for Copperhead inspection of the round) after receipt and acknowledgement of the fire mission.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-37. If all steps are graded as a "go", the section will receive 50 points for each mission (High Angle FFE, Low Angle FFE, Priority Target, and Low Angle Adjust). For a "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded for the mission. Note: If any unsafe data is fired, the section will receive 0 points for the entire mission.


TASK 12: MISFIRE PROCEDURES

Conditions

I-38. During firing, your section experienced a misfire. You have only fired 2 rounds prior to the misfire so you have a cold tube.

Standards

I-39. Perform misfire procedures IAW the TM without error, observing all warnings listed for cold tube weapon.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-40. For each "go" rating, 5 points will be awarded, for a maximum of 30 points. For each "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


TASK 13: SURVIVABILITY MOVE

Conditions

I-41. The section is conducting tactical operations. One, a pair, or a platoon of howitzers is required to displace IAW the TSOP or tactical guidance to provide fires in support of maneuver forces and increase survivability.

Standards

I-42. Sections will load all section equipment, maintain communications with the control element, and move to another firing position within the PA.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-43. For each "go" rating, 5 points will be awarded, for a maximum of 55 points. For each "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


PHASE IV: DEGRADED OPERATIONS

I-44. Note for evaluator to read to the COS: During movement to your next position your AFCS has gone out. You will have to occupy using degraded operations. Do not shut down your AFCS.

TASK 14: OCCUPATION

Conditions

I-45. During your movement to this location your AFCS has gone out (don't shut the AFCS down). You will have to occupy and fire missions in a degraded operations mode.

Standards

I-46. The section establishes a firing capability and prepares to accept fire missions and deliver fires.

Evaluation

Evaluation Task 14: Occupation (Continued)

Scoring

I-47. If all "go" ratings are received in a subtask, the section will be awarded 10 points each for a maximum of 80 points. For any "no go" rating in the subtask area, 0 points will be awarded for that subtask. Note: If any unsafe conditions exist (i.e., howitzer not laid properly or collimator improperly set) the section will receive 0 points for this task.


TASK 15: USE OF CONVEYOR

Conditions

I-48. Due to the howitzer degraded mode, the COS has decided to use mated operations. The FAASV will be backed up to the howitzer and the conveyor is to be put into operation.

Standards

I-49. Extend and operate conveyor IAW TM without error.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-50. For a "go" rating, 10 points will be awarded. For a "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


TASK 16: FIRE MISSIONS IN DEGRADED MODE

Conditions

I-51. Your howitzer AFCS has gone out and you are required to fire missions in the degraded operations mode. Your howitzer is conducting combat operations and has established a firing capability without the aid of the Paladin's automation.

Standards

I-52. The howitzer is ready to fire within 45 seconds (60 seconds for high angle, 1 minute for Copperhead) after the receipt of quadrant.

Evaluation

Evaluation Task 16: Fire Missions in Degraded Mode (continued)

Scoring

I-53. If all steps are graded as a "go", the section will receive 100 points. 0 points will be awarded for any "no go". If any unsafe data is fired, the section will receive 0 points for that mission. 1 point will be deducted for each second over the allowed time not to exceed 20 points.


TASK 17: DIRECT FIRE

Conditions

I-54. A stationary target is positioned 400-800 meters from the howitzer. The COS is given a series of 3x5 cards that requires the section to use direct laying procedures.

Standards

I-55. Engage a target in the direct fire mode as outlined in the TM within time and safety standards. Note: Central lay method will be used for this task.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-56. Each situation card is worth a total of 10 points. Each section will be graded on 4 separate situation cards for a total of 40 points.


Phase V: NBC OPERATIONS

TASK 18: ASSUME MOPP LEVEL 2

Conditions

I-57. Enroute to this location you crossed a contaminated area.

Standards

I-58. Operate in a contaminated environment in MOPP level 4.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-59. For each "go" rating 2, points will be awarded, for a total of 10 points. For a "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


TASK 19: NBC OCCUPATION

Conditions

I-60. Having crossed a contaminated area you must provide fire support prior to going to a decontamination site.

Standards

I-61. Operate in a contaminated environment in MOPP level 4 performing AFCS update and occupation.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-62. For each "go" rating, 5 points will be awarded, for a total of 20 points. For any "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


TASK 20: FIRE MISSION IN NBC EQUIPMENT

Conditions

I-63. While in MOPP you must conduct an indirect fire mission.

Standards

I-64. Conduct indirect fire mission in MOPP level 4, preparing ammunition for firing, verifying data, issuing fire commands, and firing safe announced data.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-65. For each "go" rating, 3 points will be awarded, for a total of 15 points. For any "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded. If any unsafe data is fired, the section will receive 0 points for this task.


TASK 21: UTILIZING THE M256 KIT

Conditions

I-66. Having completed your fire missions you must determine the type of contamination if any. The COS has instructed the section to utilize a M256 kit.

Standards

I-67. Use M256 Kit without error to determine and report type of contamination present in area.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-68. For each "go" rating, 2 points will be awarded for a total of 10 points. For any "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


Phase VI: NIGHT OPERATIONS

TASK 22: NIGHT OCCUPATION

Conditions

I-69. During the hours of darkness, your section received movement orders to relocate to a new position.

Standards

I-70. Occupy new position under cover of darkness and perform procedures IAW TM without error.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-71. For each "go" rating, 3 points will be awarded, for a maximum of 30 points. For a "no go" rating, 0 points will be awarded.


TASK 23: CONDUCT NIGHT FIRE MISSIONS

Conditions

I-72. You have completed the occupation of a new firing position and reported to the POC that you are RTF. You will conduct indirect fire missions as sent from the POC.

Standards

I-73. The howitzer section is ready to fire within 30 seconds (45 seconds for high angle, 1 minute for Copperhead excluding inspection of the round) after receipt and acknowledgment of the fire mission.

Evaluation

Scoring

I-74. If all steps are graded as a "go", the section will be awarded 100 points for the mission. For each "no go" rating 0 points will be awarded. Note: If any unsafe data is fired, the section will receive 0 points for the mission.



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