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1. Initiate about 2-3 weeks out; continue into ISB.

2. Wear daily duty uniform at battle standard:

* allow no starch in BDUs.
* wear ID tags 100 percent of the time.
* wear oiled, blackened, or buff-shined boot only; no spit-shined boots.
--100 percent wear watches
--100 percent carry water-protected paper and pencil

3. Conduct Leader inspections (at least to squad leader level) for position-marking devices.

*day or night capability
*ability to mark position for CAS or Army aircraft
*devices to consider
-mirror (day)
-VS-17 panel or piece of international orange cloth that will fit in the helmet or pocket (day)
-available colored smoke issued before combat operations (day) strobe with ir fitting (night)
-any "own the night" technology issued before combat operations

4. Training how to Mark Your Position

*must train at all levels up to battalion TF for position marking in tactical operations to other air and ground forces.
*"I'm at YOUR _____ o'clock position. Signal (smoke) out now; identify ...."
*rehearse in ISB in coordination with TACP.

5. Permit preferably no formations above squad level.

*emphasize communications by chain of command.
*conduct no daily accountability formations above squad level.

6. Train and require use of FRAGOs by squad leaders for all daily collective activities.

7. Hold Pre-combat Inspection (PCI) competitions for squad and team leaders. Technique: leader must identify three major and three minor deficiencies in a seven-man squad in five minutes.

8. Execute all admin tasks requiring a small number of soldiers with squads. Never use details of individual soldiers.

9. Implement Leader Time.

*all leaders in the battalion area NLT 0430-0500.
*soldiers in the net 0600.
*leaders and soldiers gone home NLT 1700.
*if more time needed, come before 0430.
*planned tactical night training is always permissible.
*rest your force as much as possible during these last few days.
*always tell soldiers today what they'll be doing tomorrow night.

10. Implement one down or two down periods or days in garrison and tactical training.

*pull squad leaders for specified leader training.
*require first (second ranking) team leader to run squad.
*emphasize the number two and three leaders taking charge.
*frequently challenge small units to determine that someone is decisively in charge.

11. One week out: require squads to march or move everywhere together during the duty day; continue this into the ISB: training, including PT; rehearsals; details; chow, etc.

12. Practice the Rule of TWOs: two runners; two vehicles for tactical missions; two occupants for each vehicle; two men on security, etc. Redundancy and Mutual Support will ensure execution of simple tasks. In combat, simple tasks are not simple to execute.


*require all squads to wake for morning stand-to with all bags packed and company runners dispatched to the battalion command post.
*during stand-to, execute communications exercises to include:
- the use of runners (always two soldiers to run the message)
- entering the net
- frequency changes
- radio compromise
- etc., etc.

14. Maintain at least two combat lifesavers per squad with aid materials. Emphasize self and buddy aid. Units should work to sustain this 100 percent of the time.

15. To a certain extent, treat the battalion-dismounted TAC CP as a squad. Organize the TOC into squad-size components. The TAC CP should practice break contact drill only -- MILES and live fire, day and night.

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Battle-Focused Physical Training
Live Fire/Miles Drills

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