Infantry Drills

F-118: Abbreviated Fire Commands

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F-118. Fire commands do not need be complete to be effective. In combat, the leader gives only the elements necessary to place fire on a target quickly and without confusion. During training, however, he should use all of the elements to get gunners in the habit of thinking and reacting properly when a target is to be engaged. After the gunner’s initial training in fire commands, he should be taught to react to abbreviated fire commands, using one of the following methods.

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