U. S. Army Warrior Ethos and Combat Skills Handbook


Te Esential Field Manual the U.S. Army distributes to all
 its soldiers—Completely updated, and
covering all the combat skills it takes to survive in battle
Modern combat is chaotic, intense, and shockingly destructive. A soldier will experience confusing and often terrifying sights, sounds, smells, and dangers—and he/she ...

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Te Esential Field Manual the U.S. Army distributes to all
 its soldiers—Completely updated, and
covering all the combat skills it takes to survive in battle
Modern combat is chaotic, intense, and shockingly destructive. A soldier will experience confusing and often terrifying sights, sounds, smells, and dangers—and he/she must learn to survive and win despite them. If he/she upholds the Warrior Ethos and follows the training provided in the U.S. Army Warrior Ethos and Combat Skills Handbook, he/she can do so and return home with honor.

This field manual, containing the essential philosophy and combat skills the U.S. Army teaches its soldiers, is the Army’s completely updated 2008 edition, which replaced the previous 1984 manual. Including photos, illustrations, and diagrams throughout, it is a must for those who want to know how U.S. Army soldiers are trained to prepare for and perform during combat.
Individual Readiness 
Combat Care and Preventive Medicine
Environmental Conditions
Cover, Concealment, and Camouflage
Fighting Positions
Urban Area Procedures
Every Soldier Is a Sensor
Combat Marksmanship
Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear Weapons 
Mines, Demolitions, and Breaching Procedures
UXO and IEDs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599218199
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: U.S. Army Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 774,534
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

This book was written by order of the Secretary of the Army.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Warrior Ethos 1

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

Operational Environment 3

Army Values 4

Law of Land Warfare 5

Warrior Culture 5

Battle Drill 6

Warrior Drills 6

Chapter 2 Individual Readiness 8

Predeployment 8

Legal Assistance 8

Personal Weapon 9

Chapter 3 Combat Casualty Care and Preventive Medicine 13

Section I Combat Casualty Care 13

Combat Lifesaver 14

Lifesaving Measures (First Aid) 14

Casualty Evacuation 46

Section II Preventive Medicine 56

Clothing and Sleeping Gear 57

Mental Health and Morale 59

Chapter 4 Environmental Conditions 61

Section I Desert 61

Types 61

Preparation 63

Section II Fungle 68

Types 68

Preparation 71

Section III Arctic 73

Types 73

Preparation 74

Part 2 Soldier Combat Skills 75

Chapter 5 Cover, Concealment, and Camouflage 76

Section I Cover 76

Natural Cover 77

Man-Made Cover 77

Section II Concealment 78

Natural Concealment 80

Actions as Concealment 80

Section III Camouflage 80

Movement 81

Positions 81

Outlines and Shadows 81

Shine 81

Shape 82

Colors 82

Dispersion 82

Preparation 82

Individual Techniques 84

Chapter 6 Fighting Positions 87

Cover 87

Concealment 89

Camouflage 90

Sectors and Fields of Fire 90

Hasty and Deliberate Fighting Positions 92

Two-Man Fighting Position 94

One-Man Fighting Position 105

Close Combat Missile Fighting Positions 109

Range Cards 109

Chapter 7 Movement 125

Individual Movement Techniques 125

Immediate Actions While Moving 132

Fire and Movement 134

Movement on Vehicles 135

Chapter 8 Urban Areas 138

Section I Movement Techniques 138

Avoiding Open Areas 138

Moving Parallel to Buildings139

Moving Past Windows 139

Crossing a Wall 141

Moving around Corners 141

Moving within a Building 143

Section II Other Procedures 144

Entering a Building 144

Clearing a Room 150

Section III Fighting Positions 153

Hasty Fighting Position 154

Prepared Fighting Position 157

Chapter 9 "Every Soldier is a Sensor" 162

Definition 162

Resources 163

Forms of Questioning 164

Report Levels 166

SALUTE Format 167

Handling and Reporting of the Enemy 167

Operations Security 171

Observation Techniques 172

Limited Visibility Observation 174

Range Estimation 181

Chapter 10 Combat Marksmanship 185

Safety 185

Administrative Procedures 186

Weapons 187

Fire Control 198

Combat Zero 201

Mechanical Zero 201

Battlesight Zero 202

Shot Groups 205

Borelight Zero 205

Misfire Procedures and Immediate Action 219

Reflexive Fire 223

Chapter 11 Communications 227

Section I Means of Communication 227

Messengers 227

Wire 228

Visual Signals 228

Sound 230

Radio 230

Section II Radiotelephone Procedures 231

Rules 231

Types of Nets 232

Precedence of Reports 232

Message Format 232

Common Messages 233

Prowords 234

Operation on a Net 236

Section III Communications Security 236

Classifications 237

Signal Operating Instructions 237

Automated Net Control Device 238

Section IV Equipment 240

Radios 240

Wire 243

Telephone Equipment 244

Chapter 12 Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape 246

Survival 246

Evasion 249

Resistance 253

Escape 255

Chapter 13 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear Weapons 257

Section I Chemical Weapons 257

Types 258

Detection 262

Protective Actions 266

Protective Equipment 267

Mission-Oriented Protective Posture 269

Decontamination 269

Section II Biological Weapons 273

Types 274

Detection 274

Decontamination 274

Protection 275

Section III Radiological Weapons 276

Types 276

Detection 277

Decontamination 277

Protection 277

Section IV Nuclear Weapons 279

Characteristics 279

Detection 280

Decontamination 282

Protection 283

Chapter 14 Mines, Demolitions, and Breaching Procedures 284

Section I Mines 284

Antipersonnel Mines 284

M21 Antitank Mine 291

Section II Demolition Firing Systems 292

Booster Assemblies 293

Misfires 300

Section III Obstacles 301

Breach and Cross a Minefield 301

Breach and Cross a Wire Obstacle 303

Chapter 15 Uxo and Ieds 307

Section I Unexploded Ordnance 307

Dropped Ordnance 307

Projected Ordnance 312

Thrown Ordnance (Hand Grenades) 314

Section II Improvised Explosive Devices 317

Types 317

Identification 318

Components 319

Examples 319

Actions on Finding UXO 324

Actions on Finding IEDs 325

Appendix A Checklists and Memory Aids 326

Glossary 342

References 349

Index 353

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