Infantry Rifle Platoon & Squad

 

Publication Title:                   Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad
Publication/revision date:    22 APR 1992
Field Manual:                        FM 7-8
   Supersedes:                      FM 7-8, 31 DEC 1980
                                               FM 7-70, 10 SEP 1986
Distribution Restriction:       Approved for public release, distribution unlimited (public domain manuals)

 

Contents:
Table of Contents
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CHANGE 1
Preface
Chapter 1 - DOCTRINE
Section I - Fundamentals
1-1. Mission
1-2. Combat Power
1-3. Leader Skills
1-4. Soldier Skills
1-5. Training
Section II - Platoon Operations
1-6. Movement
1-7. Offense
1-8. Defense
1-9. Security
Chapter 2 - OPERATIONS
Section I - Command and Control
2-1. Mission Tactics
2-2. Troop-Leading Procedure
2-3. Operation Order Format
Section II - Security
2-4. Security During Movement
2-5. Security in the Offense
2-6. Security in the Defense
Section III - Movement
2-7. Fire Team Formations
2-8. Squad Formations
2-9. Platoon Formations
2-10. Movement Techniques
2-11. Actions at Danger Areas
Section IV - Offense
2-12. Movement to Contact
2-13. Deliberate Attack
2-14. Attacks During Limited Visibility
Section V - Defense
2-15. Conduct of the Defense
2-16. Security
2-17. Command Post and Communications
2-18. Weapons Emplacement
2-19. Range Cards
2-20. Types of Positions
2-21. Squad Positions
2-22. Platoon Positions
2-23. Sector Sketches
2-24. Fire Control Measures
2-25. Priority of Work
2-26. Coordination
2-27. Fighting Positions
Section VI - Other Operations
2-28. Withdrawal
2-29. Delay
2-30. Retirement
2-31. Linkup
2-32. Stay-Behind Operations
2-33. Relief in Place
Section VII - Fire Support
2-32. Offensive Fire Support Planning
2-33. Defensive Fire Support Planning
2-34. Techniques of Indirect Fire Control
Section VIII - Combat Service Support
2-35. Planning of Combat Service Support
2-36. Resupply Operations
2-37. Resupply Techniques
2-38. Aerial Resupply
2-39. Maintenance
2-40. Transportation
2-41. Soldier's Load
2-42. Personnel Service Support
2-43. Health Services Support
Section IX - Armored Vehicle Support
2-44. Combined Operations With Armored Vehicles
2-45. Considerations
2-46. Communicating With Tanks
2-47. Infantry Riding on Armored Vehicles
Section X - Obstacles
2-48. Employing Obstacles
2-49. Types of Obstacles 2
2-50. Enemy Obstacles
2-51. Breaching and Clearing Obstacles
Section XI - Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Operations
2-52. Operating in a Nuclear Environment
2-53. Operating in a Chemical and Biological Environment
Section XII - Observation Posts
2-54. Considerations
2-55. Actions at the Observation Post
2-56. Squad-Sized Observation Post
2-57. Visual Terrain Search
Section XIII - Techniques of Fire
2-58. Fire Distribution
2-59. Fire Control
2-60. Methods of Engagement With LAW and AT4
Section XIV - Limited Visibility Techniques
2-61. Night Vision
2-62. Dark Adaptation
2-63. Planning the Use of Night Vision/Sensor Assets
2-64. Night Operation Tips and Techniques
Chapter 3 - PATROLLING
Section I - Planning Considerations
3-1. Organization 3
3-2. Initial Planning and Coordination
3-3. Completion of the Plan
3-4. Departure From Friendly Lines
3-5. Rally Points
3-6. Leader's Reconnaissance of the Objective
3-7. Reentry of Friendly Lines
3-8. Debriefing
Section II - Reconnaissance Patrol
3-9. Organization
3-10. Tasks to Subordinate Units
3-11. Area Reconnaissance
3-12. Zone Reconnaissance
3-13. Route Reconnaissance
Section III - Combat Patrol
3-14. Organization
3-15. Tasks to Subordinate Units
3-16. Leader's Reconnaissance of the Objective
3-17. Ambush
3-18. Hasty Ambush
3-19. Deliberate Ambush
3-20. Point Ambush
3-21. Area Ambush
3-22. Antiarmor Ambush
3-23. Raid
Section IV - Tracking Patrol
3-24. Considerations
3-25. Organization
3-26. Tasks to Subordinates
3-27. Training
3-28. Intelligence
3-29. Trail Signs
Section V - Patrol Bases
3-30. Site Selection
3-31. Planning Considerations
3-32. Patrol Base Occupation
3-33. Patrol Base Activities
Chapter 4 - BATTLE DRILLS
4-1. Definition
4-3. Format
Battle Drill 1. Platoon Attack
Battle Drill 1A. Squad Attack
Battle Drill 2. React to Contact
Battle Drill 3. Break Contact
Battle Drill 4. React to Ambush
Battle Drill 5. Knock Out Bunkers
Battle Drill 6. Enter Building/Clear Room
Battle Drill 7. Enter/Clear a Trench
Battle Drill 8. Conduct Initial Breach of a Mined Wire Obstacle
Chapter 5 - INFANTRY PLATOON STANDING OPERATING PROCEDURE
* Chapter 6 - URBAN OPERATIONS
Appendix A - ORGANIZATION
Appendix B - INFANTRY PLATOON REFERENCE GUIDE
Glossary
References
DA Form 5517-R
Authorization Letter

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