Night Firing

All units must be able to fight during limited visibility. All soldiers should know the procedures for weapons employment during such time. Soldiers must experience the various conditions of night combat —from total darkness, to the many types of artificial illumination, to the use of surveillance aids. All units must include basic, unassisted night fire training annually in their unit marksmanship programs. Combat units should conduct tactical night fire training at least quarterly. This tactical training should include MILES during force-on-force training as well as live fire. Night-fire training must include the use of applicable night vision devices when this equipment is part of a TOE. The many effects darkness has on night firing are discussed herein.

NOTE: Although this chapter addresses night firing, the appropriate modifications to the fundamentals of firing may be applied whenever visibility is limited.

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