Engaging Targets while Wearing the Field Protective Mask

While engaging targets in a combat environment, a Marine is under considerable stress caused by fear, fatigue, and the noise of battle. His stress is further aggravated by the fear and uncertainty associated with a nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) threat. However, a Marine must be able to operate under any battlefield condition, including an NBC environment. If a Marine wears the field protective mask, its bulk and reduced visibility can affect his firing position which in turn affects the rifle's zero and his ability to engage the target. A Marine must make adjustments to his firing position and the application of marksmanship fundamentals to counter the additional gear worn in an NBC environment. Therefore, a Marine should practice wearing his field protective mask when he is not in a combat environment. This allows him to overcome any restrictions caused by the mask, develop confidence in his ability to execute well-aimed shots while wearing the mask, and develop a plan of action. This plan should address how the rifle is presented to the target, how long the mask is worn, and the likelihood of enemy contact. If a Marine expects to wear the mask for an extended period and enemy contact is likely, he should consider adjusting the rifle sights so that his first rounds are on target.

0 0

Post a comment