AND PLATOON BATTLE DRILLS
|BATTLE DRILL 6: ENTER AND CLEAR A BUILDING|
and Clear a Building (Platoon) (7-3-D108).
CONDITION. While operating as part of a larger force, the platoon is moving when it receives fire from the enemy in the building.
1. The platoon kills, captures, or forces the withdrawal of all enemy in the building.
2. The platoon prevents noncombatant casualties and collateral damage (ROE dependent).
3. The platoon maintains a sufficient fighting force to defeat the enemy's counterattack, and continue the mission.
1. The squad in contact reacts to contact.
The platoon gains suppressive fires.
The platoon leader determines the maneuver by identifying:
The base of fire squad.
5. The platoon leader uses his hand-held laser pointer to designate the entry point of the building. He also points out the left and right flanks of the base of fire squad which are marked by ir flares or chemlight bundles.
6. The platoon leader directs one squad to enter a building and secure a foothold. (See Battle Drill No. 6A, Enter a Building and Clear a Room.)
7. If necessary, the supporting squad repositions to isolate the building as well as continue suppressive fires. (Normally the platoon has added its supporting fires against the enemy.) The platoon leader orders the supporting squad to lift or shift fires (via FM or ir signaling flares).
8. The assaulting squad leader signals to the platoon leader (via FM or ir signaling flares) that his squad has secured the foothold. He calls forward his trail fire team to move into the building. He marks the entry point with a Phoenix Beacon.
9. The platoon leader moves into the building with the trail fire team of the squad that secured a foothold and directs the squad leader to clear the next room with the trail fire team.
10. The platoon leader calls for the next squad to move into the building and begin clearing rooms systematically.
The platoon leader directs the actions of the squad clearing the building:
The supporting squad:
13. The platoon sergeant calls forward ammunition resupply and organizes teams to move it forward into the building.
14. The platoon leader reports to the company commander that his platoon has cleared the building or that he is no longer able to continue clearing.
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