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H-62. Manual procedures normally are conducted by engineers (but also can be performed by Infantry units) and are effective against all obstacles under all conditions. Manual procedures involve dismounted Soldiers using simple explosives or other equipment to create a lane through an obstacle. These procedures expose the Soldier and may be manpower and time-intensive. While mechanical and explosive reduction procedures normally are preferred, Infantry platoons or squads may have to use manual procedures for the following reasons:
- Explosive, mechanical, and electronic reduction assets are unavailable or ineffective against the type of obstacle.
- Terrain limitations.
- Stealth is required.
H-63. Different manual reduction techniques for surface-laid and buried minefields are discussed below.