Monday, November 7, 2016

Tactics For The Field

I haven’t been into paintball for some time. But we used to implement some loose versions of some of the military tactics I’d like to talk about. They are handy to know even though you will probably never use them.

There are four cardinal rules of Individual Battle Tactics (IBT):

* Cover all immediate danger areas.
* Eliminate all threats.
* Protect each other.
* No one makes mistakes, everyone keys off each other and fills in any gaps created by his buddy and goes with it.

These tactical truths should be indelible and can be and should be applied to all small unit tactics. Again it must be emphasized there are no mistakes when it comes to structure clearing, only failure to key on these movements and cover or fill in any gaps created by those maneuvers that are left unsecured and could cause dangerous situations to develop. Fighters must adapt to, improvise and overcome these developing situations immediately as soon as they are recognized.
When you hit the ground in the prone position, roll over once or twice. This can confuse the enemy. If you were spotted, then your exact position will be different from the moment you were spotted.

When behind cover, like a brick wall, don't pop up from the same position. After every time you poke your head up, move to the left or right and do it again.

Firing under obstacles is a great way to catch opponents off guard, but your mobility will be severely reduced. Combining this with the rolling technique as stated earlier may help you out a bit.

If you approach a right hand corner, switch your weapon into the left hand, and if you approach a left hand corner, switch to your right.

As you are moving (advancing) use this technique.

I'm up, he sees me, I'm down.
This phrase is a training aid used by the United States military during Basic Combat training instruction of individual tactical movement.
The ideal exposure time for a soldier advancing position on the battlefield is 3-5 seconds. The theory being that it takes an enemy at least four seconds to aim a weapon at a moving target, and six to aim accurately. By repeating "I'm up, he sees me, I'm down." while moving towards a known enemy position, the individual soldier keeps within the limits of the 'safe' exposure time frame.
As the soldier prepares to move from behind cover, he first selects his next position within a desirable distance from himself.
At "I'm up," the soldier executes a combat roll to the left or right, gets to his feet and begins to rush forward.
At "he sees me," the soldier prepares to assume his next covered position.
At "I'm down." the soldier drops in place, situates himself behind adequate cover and begins to return fire.
When evaluating an area you must traverse make these considerations:
Terrain and weather
Terrain - OCOKA.
Observation and Fields of Fire
Cover and Concealment
Key Terrain
Avenues of Approach

Weather - visibility, mobility, survivability.
Enemy situation and most probable courses of action.

(1) Composition.
(2) Disposition.
(3) Recent activities.
(4) Capabilities.
(5) Weaknesses.
(6) Most probable course of action (enemy use of METT-T).

Friendly Situation.

By evaluating these things you can formulate a plan for moving and engaging if need be.
To be honest with you, I have only used some of these and rarely several at a time. Even training is chaotic and a little unorganized. Thinking quickly and on your feet is a skill that can save your life and the lives of those with you.
Just a bunch of fun techniques.
Semper Paratus
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