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This chapter discusses the trainer’s role in teaching and sustaining effective hand-to-hand 25.1500. It also discusses unit training, training areas, teaching techniques, and safety precautions that must be considered before conducting combatives training. Professional instruction ffm the key to success in combatives training. Instructors must be physically fit and highly proficient in the demonstration and practical application of the skills.
They must review and be familiar tm this manual. Confidence, enthusiasm, and technical expertise are essential for success in teaching hand-to-hand combat.
Assistant instructors must also be properly trained to help supervise and demonstrate maneuvers. Selecting the trainers is the first step in establishing an effective program. Diligent effort is needed to perfect the various hand-to-hand combat techniques, to apply them instinctively, and to teach others to safely master them.
The following instructor responsibilities are the core of planning and executing combatives training.
Seek maximum efficiency with minimum effort. Continually strive to reduce all unnecessary explanations, movement, and activity. Streamline the training 2.5150 compromising content, efficiency, or safety. Reinforce the details of each technique and provide positive feedback when warranted.
Use occasional humor to motivate f, but avoid degrading or insulting them. Ensure serviceable training 2.150 are present in sufficient quantities for all soldiers being trained.
Ensure training areas are well maintained and free of dangerous obstructions. Ensure instructors and assistant instructors are well-rehearsed and prepared before all training sessions. Conduct instructor training at least five hours weekly to maintain a high skill level. Develop as many skilled 2.150 instructors for each unit as possible. Instructor-to-soldier ratios should not exceed 1 instructor for 20 soldiers.
Encourage after-duty training and education for instructors. To prevent injuries, the instructor must consider the following safety precautions before conducting combatives training. Familiarize 33 soldiers with each maneuver by a complete explanation 25.15 demonstration before they attempt the moves.
Ensure the training partner offers no resistance, but allows the maneuver to be freely executed during the learning stages and while perfecting the techniques.
Ensure there is adequate space between soldiers during all practical work- for example, allow at least an 8-foot square for each pair of soldiers. Ensure that soldiers empty their pockets, and remove their jewelry, and identification tags before training. Stress that only simulated strikes to vital points, such as the head, neck, and groin area are to be executed.
Soldiers may 25.10 light blows to other vulnerable areas; however, they must exercise caution at all times. Ensure that soldiers understand the use of both physical tapping and verbal signals to indicate to the partner when to 25.10 the pressure in grappling and choking techniques.
Ensure that the soldier to be disarmed does not place his finger in the trigger guard during rifle and bayonet disarming.
Make sure soldiers keep scabbards on knives and bayonets firmly attached to rifles while learning bayonet disarming methods. If utilizing a sawdust pit, inspect all sandbags on retaining wall before conduct of training to ensure that all bags are serviceable, at least 75 percent full, and that the entire retaining wall is covered with sandbags.
Any bag placed where personnel are likely to fall will be filled with the same consistency filler as the sawdust in the pit and will also provide a minimum of 6 inches of sawdust.
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Maintain a buffer zone of 6 feet from retainer 2.5150 and demonstration 52.150 during all training, especially training requiring throws and takedowns by students. Rake the training pit to loosen sawdust and remove all sharp objects. Properly inspect the pit so that all safety hazards are removed before instruction or demonstrations are executed.
Perform inspections of the depth of sawdust with enough time before training to resurface the pit. Remember that new sawdust will need to be raked and inspected for foreign objects that may cause injuries.
U.S. Army Combatives – FM
Entry-level soldiers receive a training base in combatives during basic training and one-station unit training OSUT. Advanced individual training AIT commanders should review the training presented during basic training and, as time permits, expand into the more advanced techniques discussed in this manual.
For soldiers to achieve and sustain proficiency levels regular units must incorporate combatives into an organized training program to include situational training exercises Appendix A. This is a suggested training program for basic training or OSUT.
It is 25.1550 on ten hours 25.510 available training time, divided into five periods of two hours each. Training should start with ground grappling, which is not only easier both to teach and to learn, but also provides a sound base for the more difficult standing techniques. A program should not begin with techniques that will take a long time to master. The result would be almost uniform disillusionment with combatives in general. Combat demonstration performed by instructors or trainers to gain attention and to motivate soldiers.
Command emphasis is the key to a successful combatives program. Combatives training sessions should be regular, and should be included on unit training schedules at company and platoon level. Successful unit combatives programs continue to focus on the core techniques taught in the basic training or OSUT program.
Mastery of these moves will result in 25.1500 proficient fighters than exposure to a large number of techniques will. Primary trainers should be designated at all levels.
Regular training sessions with these trainers will ensure the quality of training at the small unit level. Primary trainers should be of the appropriate rank; for instance, a platoon primary trainer should be a squad leader or the platoon sergeant to ensure that the training actually occurs. Modern combatives allow soldiers to compete safely. To inspire the pursuit of excellence, individual soldiers may ffm during organizational day.
Leaders may also call squads, sections, or individuals to compete randomly as a method of inspecting training levels.
However, competition should not become the focus of combatives training, but remain a tool to inspire further training. Fj advantage of combatives training is that it can be conducted almost anywhere with little preparation of the training area.
Formations used for physical training may also be used for combatives training FM If the extended rectangular formation is used, the first and third ranks should face the second and fourth ranks so that each soldier is directly across him a partner. A large, grassy, outdoor area free of obstructions is suitable for training.
Each pair of soldiers should have an 8-foot square training space. When practicing throws or disarming techniques, soldiers need twice the normal interval between ranks.
Instructors also pair soldiers according to height and weight. Because inclement weather can be a 25.1500 distracter, the best training area is an indoor, climate-controlled facility with both padded floor and walls. Mats should be sufficiently firm to allow free movement, but provide enough impact absorption to allow safe throws and cm. A vm area for teaching hand-to-hand combat is a sawdust pit.
Sawdust fk are designed to teach throws and falls safely, but are not very suitable for ground fighting. The wall can be cinderblocks, sandbags, or dirt if other materials are not available. To prevent injuries when using a cinderblock retaining wall, cover the wall and the top of the wall with sandbags.
Place a layer of plastic sheeting on the ground to prevent the growth of grass and weeds, and place a sand base up to 12 inches deep on top of the plastic. Build a foot square demonstration area Figure in the center of the pit with the same type of retaining wall described in paragraph a.
This area should be large enough for 25.1550 demonstrators and the primary instructor.
FM 3 25.150 Combatives
The bayonet assault course provides the commander a unique training opportunity by allowing soldiers to employ rifle-bayonet fighting skills under simulated combat conditions. The course can be built and negotiated so that demands placed on the soldiers’ abilities and on their endurance approach those experienced under combat conditions.
Realistic sights and sounds of battle-fire, smoke, confusion, and pyrotechnics-can also be created to enhance realism. The training objectives of the bayonet assault course include:.
Providing an opportunity for team and squad leaders to develop their leadership and control measures. The safety of the soldiers should be the primary concern of the instructor and his assistants. The best safety aids are constant control and supervision. In addition, instructors should brief soldiers at the beginning of each class on the requirements for safety during rifle-bayonet training. Instructors use the following safety measures:.
This type of arrangement prevents possible injury when executing a series of movements. To prevent injury to the hand, the soldier must maintain a firm grip on the small of 25.1150 stock. Gloves should be worn as part of the training uniform when weather dictates. The meter-long course consists of a series of targets to attack, and obstacles to negotiate.
Lay it out over natural terrain, preferably rough and wooded areas.
FM 3-25.150, ARMY FIELD MANUAL: COMBATIVES (18-JAN-2002)[SUPERSEDING FM 21-150]
Include natural obstacles such as streams, ravines, ridges, and 52.150 vegetation. Build artificial obstacles such as entanglements, fences, log walls, hurdles, and horizontal ladders Figure Use a variety of targets to provide experience in different attacks.
Targets should be durable but should not damage weapons. Place a sign near each target to indicate the type of attack to be used. Given nine lanes on a meter bayonet assault course over irregular terrain with four types of targets: The targets are marked with a sign to indicate the required attack. Given seven types of obstacles as shown in Figures through Given a soldier in battle dress uniform with load-carrying equipment and a rifle with a fixed bayonet. The course must be successfully negotiated by all soldiers in the class with each soldier obtaining kills on 75 percent of the total targets in his lane.