Desert Warfare Considerations

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open terrain

  •   less cover
  •   longer range engagements

ied threats and booby traps

  • common in the region
  • requires changes to squad operating procedures
  • requires specialist roles

greater separation

  • ied threat always in mind
  • more radio use
  • greater ftl responsibility

squad separation

  • ft’s separated at time
  • ftl’s need to take up the command
  • ft’s will need to operate better together
  • larger individual responsibilities, cover arcs

Patrolling Formation Considerations

  • IED Considerations
    • eod unit will need to take point frequently
    • scout forward of squad to clear a path
    • watch your spacing
  • Column
    • ied high threat zones
    • consider frontal contact risk
    • use slight stagger to mitigate
  • Dual Column
    • ied high threat zones
    • lower risk for frontal attacks
    • easier assault formation setup
  • Line
    • used less often
    • still used on open assaults where cover limited
    • or maximum fire-power forward is required
  • Urban
    • if occupying a compound ensure its completely cleared
    • eod should be doing checks
    • ensure rear or alternate entries covered
    • watch for fire lanes
      • alleys
      • roads
      • maintain separation as much as possible


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