Daily Dose of Shooty


You’ll hear towards the end of the clip one of the spectators mention “berm drills.”

While you are engaging the targets, you have to expose the vehicle by coming out of defilade (that’s the low ground to you civilians), and as soon as you are done shooting, you drop back down to avoid being shot. In a good platoon, you’ll have one or two tracks up and shooting, and then switching with the other tracks to make it even harder for the bad guys to get a bead on you.

8 thoughts on “Daily Dose of Shooty”

  1. The canned live-fires usually make pretty good spectacles to watch. The Brads were keeping up a pretty nice volume and mix of fires (coax, 25mm and TOW capabilities). My experience is that infantry are not as proficient as tankers at planning/controlling or employing direct fires from the mounted platforms, but this element seems to be doing well at it.

    1. I’d tend to agree with you. Most of the time, Table XII was “shoot ’em as you see ’em” for us. But as you note, canned presentations are usually a little easier to make look good.

  2. One of my first jobs as HHC CDR in an IN BN was to train the platoon leaders in how to plan and execute direct fires. Next I went out and evaluated BT XIIs. According to the published gunnery standards, there was no requirement for the Brads to hit a single target in order to qualify the platoon. If I recall correctly, the rate of target hits for the top platoon was about 26%, and every platoon engaged the “friendly” target with anti-fratricide panels on it. (Tank platoons generally kill 90% or better, albeit on a different array of targetry.) And gunnery got worse when the PL dismounted and the PSG took over. Former 11Bs to a man, they had no idea about how to control the mounted element, until I hit on likening it to a big, mobile weapons squad instead of four individual Brads in the AAR.

    1. UPDATE: There is no linkage between my training the PLs and then their subsequent poor performance!! I trained them in nod to the fact that otherwise they would have nothing but the same generic “leader tracks AP-heavy, wing tracks HE-heavy” fire plan that every IN PL invariably briefs.

  3. Our problem was more than whenever a target came up, the whole platoon engaged, rather than one track engaging, and the others watching for other threats.

    I don’t know about your ranges, but I never thought the range at Ft. Carson was very realistic at all. Strictly straight line and open terrain. Very poor.

    208 at Graf was better, but I only ran that in 113s.

  4. Same for ranges at Fort Stewart. We shot the BT XIIs on Range 201 at Graf, which was a pretty good range. Had multiple wooded trails, multiple open areas, and culminated in a big low ground that supported Brads in an SBF and dismounted maneuver. You may be thinking of that; 208 was a dismount range with a couple of vehicle berms on the baseline and a cheezy village at the end. I ran HHC through team and squad maneuver there. (Scary in some instances…)

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