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        This page is a conceptual work in progress, designed to bring you operational guidance on the organization and employment of your CUTT (Citizen Unconventional Tactical Team). Comment and input is welcome.

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        This operational concept is designed for the  ‘graduate level’ citizen tactical squad armed in .308,. but of course it doesn’t have to be .308., it can equally be 5.56. There are some suggested background reads, these include:

        ‘The Citizen Unconventional Rifle Squad: Arming with .308?’

        The Flank

        More on the Squad and the Assault Cycle

        The Squad: Size and Organization

        Rhodesian Cover Shooting (The Drake Method)

        Citizen Unconventional Tactical Team (CUTT): Order of Battle

        The building block of your CUTT is your buddy pair team. We all know that it is hard enough getting together with another buddy who is serious about training. That is why the MVT Forum is such a good resource, because you can meet up both via the forum and also by attending training with like minded individuals and groups at the MVT Velocity Training Center (VTC).

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        Once you can get a buddy team together the next step is to form a 4 man team with 2 x buddy pairs. Those 4 man teams then become the building block of the squad and platoon.

        For a CUTT, partly due to the problems of getting hold of enough trained and motivated personnel, I recommend that the basic unit is the squad, not the platoon. Platoons can be formed by cooperating CUTTs, and as an ORBAT designed for a particular mission. However, the way I recommend that the squad should be run, is essentially as a ‘platoon minus.’ We take the classic infantry platoon model and utilize it at half strength, to reflect our reality.

        This means that we have 3 x 4 man teams in the squad. These 3 x 4 man teams replace the 3 x 8/9 man squads in a platoon. So really, our squad is simply a half-platoon. The use of 3 teams in the squad, as opposed to the classic army 2 teams, allows the squad to conduct the ‘assault cycle’ independently, with one team in the role of support by fire (SBF), one as assault, and the other as reserve/flank protection. These roles then change/rotate as the battle rolls on. These specifics are elaborated on in the linked posts above.

        If you had the opportunity to have a larger unit, you could simply re-ORBAT as a full platoon, with three 8/9 man squads in two teams per squad, rather than the single 4 man team of the ‘squad plus.’ Or, you have two of the larger three team squads operating together under a platoon leader, or senior squad leader. Whatever is needed/possible with available numbers.

        With the idea of the 3 x 4 man team squad being able to operate the assault cycle, comes the reality that you do not want to overspecialize each team. This is because each team has to be able to fulfill each of the roles of the assault cycle. At the very basic level, if you are arming with.308, this means that the rifles carried need to be battle rifles capable of both short and long range combat. Something like 16-18 inch barrel AR10 rifles with 25 round .308 magazines. Fitted with a battle optics such as a x4 ACOG. Nothing too ‘sniperish’ but that if employed by a well trained rifleman, will both reach out and chew up the enemy and his cover, or be devastating at shorter ranges (think cover shooting). This does not of course discount 5.56. This can all be achieved in 5.56, please read the links above for more detail. It doesn’t have to be all about .308.

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        Now, if you had the opportunity, you could specialize slightly without losing the ability to operate in all roles. Because remember, from the original article, this is about the fact that you do not have support weapons, so a ‘graduate level’ CUTT can compensate by arming well in .308.

        I know I have been talking about the ‘assault cycle’ and the use of three elements (teams in this case) to rotate through it. This doesn’t mean that your squad has to be all about the offensive. A three team squad is ideal for  use patrolling, and can use the Satellite Patrolling method to great effect. In fact, the satellite (or multiple) patrol operationally used a platoon split into two halves. The platoon commander would take 12 men, and the platoon sergeant would take the other 12.  Each half-platoon would then called a ‘multiple’ and be split into three teams, giving you the ability to engage in satellite patrolling.

        So let’s say that after a collapse, your group decides to go to your local small village to conduct a Civil Affairs mission. A little bit of civil reconnaissance and  liaison aiming towards some reconstruction of basic services, implementing security, and trade. Maybe you conduct a vehicle patrol to the outskirts, and then move in on foot. You patrol in, utilizing the availability of having three teams to establish overwatch as you move. Travelling or bounding overwatch. If you actually link up with the village elders, you can have the primary team sitting in drinking coffee (which maybe you brought, from your stash?) while the two other teams provide local and overwatch security.

        Satellite patrolling is in here:

        Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival

        Looking at the 4 man team, we can have one man who fulfills the ‘LSW” (Light Support Weapon) function. In fact, the LSW was a 5.56 weapon, and a 240 is a medium machine gun firing 7.62 x 51, so perhaps this role can be termed ‘MSW’ (Medium Support Weapon) in .308? Perhaps we can visualize a longer heavier barreled .308, with bipod, and drum magazine options? This weapon is carried by “Big Jim’ just like the 240 always is, and can be wielded by him just like a battle rifle if he has to fight through.

        Possible Team ORBAT:

        Team Leader – Battle Rifle

        Rifleman – Battle Rifle

        Rifleman – Battle Rifle

        Support Gunner – Medium Support Weapon

        Three of these teams form the three team assault cycle for the CUTT.

        In addition to the 3 teams (12 people total) we have the squad leader. He must be capable of moving around the battlefield and directing the teams through the assault cycle. This is why he is the ‘thirteenth man’ rather than part of one of the teams. He can have a battle buddy as close protection if there is one available.

        OR

        As suggested in the original article, a platoon leader will always benefit from having a group in addition to the three elements (squads) that he can use to directly influence the battle. Now that the CUTT is an undersized platoon, the squad leader of the CUTT can do the same with a group in addition to his three teams. Mobility Support Group (MSG)? This can be a designated marksman (DM) pair (DM and spotter), armed with .308, or perhaps a designated marksman and support gunner. The designated marksman would have a .308 rifle optimized for long range accurate shooting, specialized over the ‘battle rifles’ carried by the remainder of the teams. The support gunner would have a medium support weapon.

        CUTT ORBAT – 15 Personnel

        A potential CUTT ORBAT would be:

        1) CUTT LEADER

        2) MOBILITY SUPPORT GROUP (MSG):

        Designated Marksman – DM Rifle

        Support Gunner – Medium Support Weapon

        3) CHARLIE FIRE TEAM:

        ALPHA:

        Team Leader – Battle Rifle

        Rifleman – Battle Rifle

        BRAVO:

        Rifleman – Battle Rifle

        Support Gunner – Medium Support Weapon

        4) DELTA FIRE TEAM:

        ALPHA:

        Team Leader – Battle Rifle

        Rifleman – Battle Rifle

        BRAVO:

        Rifleman – Battle Rifle

        Support Gunner – Medium Support Weapon

        5) ECHO FIRE TEAM:

        ALPHA:

        Team Leader – Battle Rifle

        Rifleman – Battle Rifle

        BRAVO:

        Rifleman – Battle Rifle

        Support Gunner – Medium Support Weapon

         For .308, there is much talk about weapon and ammo weight. Remember, .308 was only ever suggested for a rounded, fit ‘graduate level’ CUTT. I don’t believe that your .308 battle rifle needs to be that heavy, or is in reality that unwieldy for a fit, trained rifleman. As for ammo weight, you don’t have to equivalate the number of rounds that you would carry in 5.56. The reality is that you use less rounds in combat than training anyway. At least you should, if you are PID’ing the enemy and using accurate controlled fire. During training with 5.56 it is way too easy just to blast away. Let’s say, not including any resupply you may have in your patrol pack, you carry 8 x 30 round magazines of 5.56. You could carry the same 8 magazines in 20 round .308 magazines. Or go for 25 round .308 magazines.

        But anyway, nothing comes for free, and you have to trade ammo weight if you want to be able to chew up and suppress the enemy with withering.308 fire, right? That is exactly why the Parachute Regiment never gave up the GPMG (240) at squad level even when it was supposed to be replaced by the 5.56 magazine fed Light Support Weapon – an SA80 with a longer barrel and bipod. ‘Big Jim’ carries the MSW it, as always.

        CUTT ORBAT – 16 Personnel

        If you have the numbers, you can organize your CUTT as a 4 team 16 person squad:

        Potential ORBAT, 4 Teams, 16 personnel total.

        1) HQ TEAM

        ALPHA:

        CUTT Leader – Battle Rifle

        CUTT Senior Medic – Battle Rifle

        BRAVO:

        MOBILITY SUPPORT GROUP (MSG):

        Designated Marksman – DM Rifle (DMR)

        Support Gunner – Medium Support Weapon (MSW)

        2) CHARLIE FIRE TEAM:

        ALPHA:

        Team Leader/Assistant Squad Leader (ASL) – Battle Rifle

        Rifleman  (Breacher/Grenadier) – Battle Rifle

        BRAVO:

        Rifleman (Team medic) – Battle Rifle

        Support Gunner – Medium Support Weapon (MSW)

        3) DELTA FIRE TEAM:

        ALPHA:

        Team Leader – Battle Rifle

        Rifleman (Breacher/Grenadier) – Battle Rifle

        BRAVO:

        Rifleman (Team medic) – Battle Rifle

        Support Gunner – Medium Support Weapon (MSW)

        4) ECHO FIRE TEAM:

        ALPHA:

        Team Leader – Battle Rifle

        Rifleman (Breacher/Grenadier) – Battle Rifle

        BRAVO:

        Rifleman (Team medic)  – Battle Rifle

        Support Gunner – Medium Support Weapon (MSW)

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