Non-mutual is when the front team is moving forward and they spot the enemy patrol but the enemy patrol has not spotted them. They immediately go prone to not be seen. One member can stay in the sight of the enemy for Intel, while the rest of the team slowly move back out of view. The fire team leader then contacts the squad leader. The squad leader then makes a decision on whether to set up an ambush on the enemy patrol, call in for support, or just disengage.
If the squad leader decides to conduct a hasty ambush then the fire teams are pulled back. A plan is made based on known information like enemy movement, strength, and of course the all important terrain. He will determine the best place for the ambush that would maximize surprise and firepower.
The next article in the series will be “Tactical Briefing 05: Planning and Executing an Assault on an Enemy Encampment”.
If you missed any of the other articles in the series, you’ll find them here:
- Tactical Briefing 01: Meet the Squad
- Tactical Briefing 02: Formations
- Tactical Briefing 03: Squad and Fire Team Movements
- Tactical Briefing 05: How to Plan and Execute a Squad Sized Assault
- Wikipedia (what a wonderful tool)
- Armed Assault (the computer game)
- FM 7-8 Infantry Rifle Platoon
- FM 22-102 Soldier Team Development
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