Collective Training

Though the Dragon MILES offers an excellent way for gunners to keep their tracking skills honed (Table 7-2, page 7-2), leaders must still provide sustainment training.

19 or 20 hits 17 or 18 hits 16 hits

Expert

Sharpshooter

Marksman

TASK NO

TASK

TNG FREQ

TIME

REMARKS

Explain Emergency Decontamination Procedures for an M47 Medium Antitank Weapon

M

10 min

Oral Presentation

Explain Emergency Destruction Procedures for an M47 Medium Antitank Weapon

M

10 min

Oral Presentation

Tracking Sustainment Training

M

4 hrs

Practical Exercise

071-052-0001

Maintain an M47 Medium Antitank Weapon

M1

10 min

Practical Exercise

071-052-0004

Restore an M47 Medium Antitank Weapon to Carrying Configuration

M1

5 min

Practical Exercise

071-317-3306

Perform Misfire Procedures on an M47 Medium Antitank Weapon

M1

15 min

Practical Exercise

GTA 17-2-11 GTA 17-2-13

Recognize Friendly and Threat Armored Vehicles

M2

15 min

Practical Exercise

071-052-0003

Construct a Fighting Position for an M47 Medium Antitank Weapon

M2

Perform as part of an ARTEP3 or FTX

071-317-3302

Prepare an M47 Medium Antitank Weapon for Firing

M2

30 sec

Practical Exercise

071-317-3324

Prepare an Antiarmor Range Card

M2

15 min

Practical Exercise

071-052-0006

Engage Targets with an M47 Medium Antitank Weapon

A

8 to 16 hrs

Practical Exercise

M = Every month 3 _____ ., , , . _. „ , m1 = First month 3 ARTEPs are available at Reimer Digital

M2 = Second month Library. A = Annually

Table 7-1. Training tasks for Dragon gunners and assistant gunners.

TRAINING SEQUENCE

RECOMMENDED FREQUENCY: TIMES PER YEAR

EQUIPMENT USED

Squad, platoon, or company FTX

4

Dragon/ MILES

Battalion FTX

2

Dragon/ MILES

Platoon or company MOUT exercise

1

Dragon/ MILES

Squad, platoon LFX

2

Dragon/ MILES or LTIDs (laser-target interface devices)

Externally evaluated battalion MTP

1

Dragon/ MILES

Table 7-2. MILES training program.

Table 7-2. MILES training program.

chapter 8

EMPLOYMENT

This chapter discusses roles and duties, employment considerations, and target-engagement techniques for employing the Dragon in defensive operations. Though this chapter discusses the Dragon as an infantry weapon, the techniques described apply to any situation in which when a soldier uses a Dragon, regardless of the type of unit. Specific discussions include selection and preparation offiring positions, target-engagement techniques, and fire-control procedures. To fully understand and properly integrate the Dragon into unit TTP, leaders must know FM 7-7, FM 7-7J, FM 7-8, FM 7-10, or FM 71-1, whichever applies.

Section I. EMPLOYMENT IN THE DEFENSE

This section provides guidance for employing the Dragon in defensive operations. This information applies to all types of infantry and other types of units. In infantry units, the platoon has the mission in the defense to repel the enemy's assault-by-fire and close combat. The Dragon has combat characteristics that are important to the defense. (FM 7-8, FM 7-7J, and FM 7-10 cover defensive techniques thoroughly.) The Dragon(s) can—

• Destroy or immobilize armored vehicles, depending on type.

• Deliver accurate fire, day or night.

8-1. FIRING POSITIONS

Figure 8-1 shows the three types of firing positions: primary, alternate, and supplementary.

Figure 8-1. Primary, alternate, and supplementary positions.

a. Primary Position. From this position, the gunner or team can cover the assigned sector of fire. The position should offer good observation, good cover and concealment, and a good field of fire.

b. Alternate Position. The alternate position is either to the flank or slightly to the rear of the primary position. The gunner or team must be able to cover the same sector of fire as they could from the primary position. He (or they) occupies the alternate position when they must leave or cannot occupy the primary position.

c. Supplementary Position. The supplementary position covers avenues of approach and any TRPs not covered by the primary and alternate positions. This position usually falls close enough to the primary position to share mutual support with other positions.

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