H/T to Brushbeater & WRSA for doing and then reblogging Part II of Breaking Contact for me. Part I, Breaking Contact When NOT Engaged, here.
WRSA: Read, print, re-read, practice, debrief, practice again. Really.
Source: Team Contact Drill Basics
Brushbeater’s original post on the subject, here.
“…demonstrate buddy team bounding in a react to contact.”
- Everyone gets online(but behind cover…)
- One element lays down fire while another either moves forward or rearward.
- This is the Team Leader’s call…if you can fight and win, then by all means. Normally though, it’s in your best interest to smack them in the face then get out of dodge.
- The Patrol keeps doing this until they are no longer getting shot at.
- The Team Leader conducts ACE inspection(Ammo, Casualty, Equipment) of his men and adjusts the mission(whether you can continue or not) from there.
The sand table version looks like this:
Here’s the most important part from Brushbeater as applied to NPT security patrols (emphasis added):
“Your job, as a Scout specifically, is to see, hear, and not be seen. There may be times where you conduct deep penetration raids and ambushes; but the bulk of the time, you’re finding the lines and recording the numbers. The weapons you carry are a contingency plan. If you do your job, you shouldn’t need it; but stuff happens. And while the loadout requires more ammo and equipment than a standard Light Infantryman, again, it’s only a contingency. On a personal note, you’d be very surprised just how much ammo you’ll burn through on a break contact drill.”
And that’s the part that is sometimes hard for folks to get their heads around, especially when you’re building a NPT: Do. Not. Get. Into. A. Firefight. If. You. Can. Avoid. It. unless your tasking specifically calls for it. You’re the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Neighborhood Protection Area Perimeter.