Infantry Drills

Section I: Basics of the Defense

Previous: Chapter 3: Defense

3-1. The Infantry platoon and squad uses the defense to occupy and prepare positions and mass the effects of direct fires on likely avenues of approach or mobility corridors. While the offense is the most decisive type of combat operation, the defense is the stronger type. The following paragraphs discuss the basics of the defense.

Note. METT-TC considerations determine the characteristics, placement,
movement and maneuver of defensive positions.

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