Infantry Drills

1-65: Assistant Machine Gunner

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1-65. The assistant gunner is the second member of the gun team. He is prepared to assume the gunner’s role in any situation. During operations, the assistant gunner—

  • Provides a supply of ammunition to the gun when employed.
  • Spots rounds and reports recommended corrections to the gunner.
  • Constantly updates the weapons squad leader on the round count and serviceability of the medium machine gun.
  • Watches for Soldiers to the flanks of the target area or between the gun and target.
  • Obtains ammunition from other Soldiers who are carrying 7.62-mm machine gun ammunition.
  • Immediately assumes the role of gunner if the gunner is unable to continue his duties.
  • Understands the mission two levels up (squad and platoon).

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