Move Under Direct Fire
Conditions: Given a tactical situation approach an enemy position from a
distance of 250 to 300 meters across varied terrain and armed with an
M16A1 rifle or M203 grenade launcher. You are a member of a two-man
team and wearing LCE.
Standards: Moved to within 100 meters of the enemy position, using the
correct individual tactical fire and movement techniques dictated by terrain
features. Coordinated movement with team members and provided covering
fire for each member.
1. Select an individual movement route within your team or squad route or
axis of advance (figure 071-326-0502-1).
Figure 071-326-0502-1. Individual movement route
a. Search the terrain to your front for
(1) A gully, ravine, ditch, or wall at a slight angle to your direction of
Note. These features provide cover and concealment when using the low or high
(2) Hedgerows or a line of thick vegetation.
Note. These features provide only concealment when using the low or high crawl.
(3) Large trees, rocks, stumps, fallen timber, rubble, vehicle hulks,
folds or creases in the ground.
Note. These features provide cover and concealment for use as temporary
positions. Use the rush if the area between them has no concealment.
(4) High grass or weeds.
Note. These features provide only partial concealment. You can use the rush since
the use of the high or low crawl could reveal your location by the movement of
b. Select your next position (and the route to it) as one that
(1) Exposes you to the least enemy fire.
(2) Does not require you to cross in front of other members of your
element, masking their fires.
2. Determine the correct individual movement technique.
a. Select the high crawl when
(1) Route provides cover and concealment.
(2) Poor visibility reduces enemy observation.
(3) Speed is required but the terrain and vegetation are suitable
only for the low crawl.
b. Select the low crawl when
(1) The route provides cover or concealment less than one foot
(2) Visibility provides the enemy good observation.
(3) Speed is not required.
c. Select the rush when
(1) You must cross open areas.
(2) Time is critical.
3. Communicate the movement plan to your buddy or team leader using
hand signals so the soldier not moving can cover by fire any movement by
the other soldier.
Note. When moving as a member of a fire team, watch and listen to your team
leader who will lead you along the best route and ensure that covering fire is
provided when you move. Stay with your team leader and follow his example.
4. Use the high crawl (figure 071-326-0502-2).
Figure 071-326-0502-2. High crawl
a. Keep your body off the ground
b. Rest your weight on your forearms and lower legs.
c. Cradle your weapon in your arms, keeping its muzzle off the
d. Keep your knees well behind your buttocks so it stays low.
e. Move forward by alternately advancing your right elbow and left
knee, and left elbow and right knee.
5. Use the low crawl (figure 071-326-0502-3).
a. Keep your body as flat as possible to the ground.
b. Hold your weapon by grasping the sling at the upper sling swivel,
letting the handguard rest on your forearm and the butt of the weapon drag
on the ground, thus keeping the muzzle off the ground.
c. Move forward by
(1) Pushing both arms forward while pulling your right leg forward.
(2) Pulling with both arms while pushing with your right leg.
(3) Continuing this push-pull movement until you reach your next
position, changing your pushing leg frequently to avoid fatigue.
Figure 071-326-0502-3. Low crawl
6. Use the rush to move from one covered position to another when
enemy fire allows brief exposure (figure 071-326-0502-4).
a. Move from your firing position by rolling or crawling.
b. Start from the prone position.
c. Select your next position by slowly raising your head.
d. Lower your head while drawing your arms into your body, keeping
your elbows down, and pulling your right leg forward.
e. Raise your body in one movement by straightening your arms.
f. Spring to your feet, stepping off with either foot.
g. Run to the next position--
(1) Keeping the distance short to avoid accurate enemy fire.
(2) Trying not to stay up any longer than 3 to 5 seconds so that the
enemy does not have time to track you with automatic fire.
Figure 071-326-0502-4. Rush
h. Plant both feet just before hitting the ground.
i. Fall forward by:
(1) Sliding your right hand down to the heel of the butt of your
(2) Breaking your fall with the butt of your weapon.
j. Assume a firing position.
(1) Roll on your side.
(2) Place the butt of your weapon in the hollow of your shoulder.
(3) Roll or crawl to a covered or concealed firing position.
7. Cover your buddy's movement with fire.