Infantry Drills

7-18: Fighting Load

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7-18. A fighting load is the essential items the Soldier needs to fight, such as, weapon, UBL of ammo and grenades, night vision goggles, and protective mask. Items can be added or removed based on METT-TC and other factors. Excessive combat loads of assaulting troops must be configured so the excess can be redistributed or shed (leaving only the fighting load) before or upon contact with the enemy.

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