Infantry Drills

H-121: Reduction Methods

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H-121. Reducing IEDs and nuisance mines in area of operation is done primarily by engineers, especially in secured areas. However, some IEDs may have to be cleared by Infantry Soldiers to accomplish a mission during combat. The method used to disarm a trap depends on many things including, time constraints, personnel assets, and type of trap. A trap cannot be considered safe until the blasting cap or the detonation cord has been removed from the charge.

H-122. Use the safest method available to neutralize a trap. For example, if the firing device and detonation cord are accessible, it is usually safer to cut the detonation cord. This method does not actuate the trap, but inserting pins in the firing device might. Unit resources or locally-manufactured or acquired aids often are used to clear traps. In areas with a high incidence of IEDs, assemble and reserve special clearing kits. Mark all IEDs found.

H-123. Nonexplosive traps typically are used in tropical or rain forest regions. Ideal construction materials abound and concealment in surrounding vegetation is relatively easy. No prescribed procedures exist for clearing nonexplosive traps. Each trap must be cleared according to its nature.

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