Infantry Drills

B-3: Destroy the Greatest Threat First

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B-3. The order in which the platoon engages enemy forces is in direct relation to the danger they present. The threat posed by the enemy depends on his weapons, range, and positioning. Presented with multiple targets, a unit will, in almost all situations, initially concentrate fires to destroy the greatest threat first, and distribute fires over the remainder of the enemy force.

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