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Team Movement/Drills

Patrolling Techniques

There are 3 main focus’ that your attention should be drawn to when patrolling.

1. The Enemy

This includes enemy personnel, anti-personnel devices, foreign objects in the environment (tents, emplacements etc.)

2. Cover

Keep an eye out for available cover near you. Knowing where you can move in a hurry, will help should you need to execute your basic drills.

3. Friendlies

Check on your friendlies; see if anyone is missing, as well as where they are in the formation. Combine this with looking for cover, so you know what cover is inaccessible due to friendly fire.


Bounding is how we cautiously advance forward. It is executed as such;

  1. The Gun Group holds and provides cover for the Assault element to advance.
  2. Assault will advance forward for 3 seconds, go to ground, and cover the Gun Group.
  3. The Gun Group will see the Assault element holding, and proceed to advance forward until they are in line with Assault.
  4. Repeat.


The reason you limit bounds to 3  seconds, is it is roughly how long it takes for the enemy to spot you and take an aimed shot.



  • The Gun team should never advance first, or be infront of the Assault element. They carry the big guns, and should be in a position at all times to cover the Assault Group moving forward or back.
  • This bounding method is used from a buddy pair level, up to platoon level manoeuvres
  • A useful mantra some of our members use, for how long to run in a bound, is “I am up, he sees me, I am down.”

Successive BoundingAlternative Bounding

Basic Drill

The Basic Drill is what all section members are supposed to perform when they come under “effective fire” until his Team / Squad Leader issues instructions.

The basic drill is conducted as follows:

  1. Return Fire
  2. Call Contact
  3. Go to ground
  4. Move to Cover
  5. Observe
  6. Aim
  7. Fire

Section holds until orders are issued by Squad Leader or Team Leader.

Contract Drill

The Contact Drill is used as an immediate reaction by the section, against a threat that is imminent to the sections position. It is generally used after your basic drills have been completed.

  1. Section manoeuvres until it has established an Extended Line towards the threat.
  2. Section Bounds towards the threat using fire and movment.
  3. Section Clears Through the area it was engaged from.
  4. SL/TL Calls Break Clean, and moves to a safe location in All Round Defence.


Break Clean is where the Team or Section stops what it is doing and forms up on the Leader, in order to vacate an area. It is commonly followed up with an All Round Defence

Clear Through is where the section clears the area the enemy was spotted, and continous fighting forwad, in case of enemy in retreat, or who have fallen back.