TITLE

The Basics Keep You Alive

AUTHOR(S)
Silsby, Jason
PUB. DATE
May 2002
SOURCE
Infantry;Summer2002, Vol. 91 Issue 2, p45
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
One of the biggest mistakes leaders and soldiers make when their units rotate to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) is that they forget the little things they were taught as young soldiers. Every opposing force (OPFOR) soldier knows how to call a basic indirect fire mission and adjust fire. Marksmanship is another thing the U.S. Army could do a little better. At the JRTC the OPFOR kneeling or standing behind trees most of the time while engaging your troops, because they have learned through trial and error that they don't get as many kills from the prone position. Land navigation is a skill soldiers have lost. The precise laser GPS receiver (PLGR) is a great tool that we all wish could be a little smaller. Battle drills are something very important, especially at squad level. If squads can do them, platoons will have no problem. Planning at the platoon and squad level is critical to mission success.
ACCESSION #
10391435

 

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