Target Indication

AAR #1: CRCD 29/30 Mar 2014 – DuaneH
April 2, 2014
AAR #2: CRCD March 29/30 – Mike H
April 2, 2014

Something that often comes up, and which I include at a basic level in the instruction at CRCD/Combat Patrol, is target indication:

One of the hardest parts of your battle drills is location of the enemy. This applies to any reaction to contact that you may conduct, whether it is a break contact drill, or a squad hasty attack. When discussing fire and movement, it is plain that “no movement without fire” refers to accurate suppressive fire onto identified enemy positions. If you cannot locate those enemy, you cannot suppress them. Secondary to this, if you cannot communicate the located enemy position to your teammates, then  you cannot direct the fire of your team onto the enemy in order to suppress them, in order to allow for safer movement.

Shoot – Move – Communicate thus takes on an urgent meaning, rather than just being a buzz phrase the is repeated ad infinitum. It is not enough to shoot and  move: you must communicate as a team in order to be effective at this.

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  2. THusar says:

    This is great information but I can tell you from experience that it needs to be practiced (just like the rest of the skills)or you’ll never get this right.

    Understand that you will be trying to be heard giving these distances and directions while under what will probably be one of the most stressfull and chaotic times of your life.

    Not to piggyback or steal any thunder, but your first step to giving these distance/directions would be to even identify who is engaging you. Something that is often very difficult to do in daylight due to the muzzle flashes not being clear.

  3. Dave says:

    You are performing a great service for those who want to learn real tactics. Have you created any videos on sniper over watch for a squad in an urban environment?