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Individual Soldier Skills

Observation of individual skills during the warfighting conducted at the National Training Center (NTC) over the previous two quarters reveals one group of skills performed to standard and another group of skills requiring improvement. The skills to sustain are only listed. The skills requiring improvement are followed with a brief description of the problem(s) in meeting the performance standard.

This information should prove useful both as an assessment tool for your unit, and as a source to help establish priorities for task training.


- Put on and wear individual MOPP gear

- Collect and report enemy information

- Maintain a driver's night vision device

- Call for and adjust indirect fire

- Navigate while mounted

- Select an overwatch position

- Estimate range

- Use an M256A1 chemical detector kit


* Move under direct fire, mounted: individual vehicles are not using available terrain to mask or cover their movement when within direct fire range or while under direct fire of the enemy.

* Perform search and scan techniques: during movement or maneuver, gunners and TC/BCs are only focused to their front (tunnel vision); they are not scanning 360 degrees to detect the enemy and protect the force. Binoculars are not being used during halts by the TC/BCs.

* Prepare a range card for a BFV: several key components are habitually missing--max engagement lines; target reference points (TRP); dead space.

* Maintain hull on a BFV: drivers are not identifying all automotive deficiencies; TC/BCs are not verifying their 2404s prior to being submitted to the maintenance team chief.

* Select temporary BFV fighting position: Bradley crews are not selecting favorable terrain to fight from. In the offense, they attempt to fight from exposed positions when they make contact. In the defense they select positions on top of the nearest high ground.

* React to indirect fire, mounted: units do not have established SOPs for this drill. Upon receiving indirect fire, reaction is very slow and few crews button up.

* Use of visual signaling techniques: when FM communication goes down, crews are not proficient with alternate techniques.

* Evacuate a wounded crewman: crews usually leave wounded crew until last for evacuation, resulting in a high died-of-wounds rate.

* Camouflage self and individual equipment: units feel they do not need to camouflage in the desert, and they do not do it. However, the visibility at greater ranges necessitates camouflage.

* Use and maintain an M8A1 chemical agent alarm: too often alarms are not placed up-wind.

* Practice noise, light, and litter discipline: a lost art. Many units continuously use white light at night, and leave their areas littered, resulting in easy detection by the OPFOR.

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Linking Supporting Tasks and Purpose
Chapter 4 - NTC OPFOR Update

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