This page contains the US Army Field Manual on The Infantry Battalion. FM INFANTRY FIELD MANUAL. RIFLE BATTALION. This manual, together with FM , June 2, and FM 7 May , supersedes FM Topics enemy, battalion, commander, operations, infantry, force, combat, support, units, Identifier milmanual-fmthe-infantry-battalion.

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Conduct of a Rearward Passage Degrees of Risk The infantry battalion has no organic, dedicated, air defense weapons.

Soldiers should be committed only when firepower alone is insufficient to accomplish the mission. Initiation of Movement The AirLand Battle is the doctrinal basis for meeting these challenges. Soldiers must be constantly alert for and avoid situations that may result in injury or death. The senior engineer unit leader advises the battalion commander on employing his engineer assets. Such operations rarely maintain a linear character.

This is preserving the unit’s fighting potential so it can be applied at the decisive time and place. Unit commanders inafntry maneuver their forces at the critical times and places to attack enemy weaknesses, gain favorable positioning, and exploit success.

Combat power is the ability to fight. The S2 also prepares the collection plan designed to support the staff-developed decision-support template. Combat power includes the numbers of weapons systems and soldiers; the unit’s state of training, cohesion, discipline, and morale; and the leader’s and soldiers’ tenacity, competence, and boldness.

It may be supported infangry a Stinger section, a Vulcan platoon, or both from the divisional ADA battalion.

Fire Support System At the battalion level, these terms are often simplified by positioning the command group well forward so they can see the battlefield, recognize opportunities, and rapidly seize the initiative. His subordinate commanders and soldiers must know he is on the battlefield.


FM The Infantry Battalion – Table of Contents

Thermal sights permit them to fight during limited visibility almost as well as in good visibility. Personnel Services Support The FSO helps the commander plan and coordinate fire support assets. Infantrh and Renovation Categories of Maintenance However, the infantry battalion’s main air defense asset is a passive measure: Development of Battaliom Concept Support Relationships and Missions Synchronization is both a process and a result.

The commander must understand how he and the enemy fit into the higher commander’s deep, close, and rear battles.

FM – The Infantry Battalion –

Enemy Contact During a Relief in Place Sign In Sign Out. This is thhe movement of forces, relative 7-200 the enemy, to secure or retain a positional advantage. When properly employed, it can defeat enemy armored vehicles from close ranges. No matter what level the conflict, the side that keeps the initiative through offensive action forces the other side to react rather than to act.

This is the component on which all others depend.

FM 7 20 The Infantry Battalion

Integration of Combat Support FM states that success on the modern battlefield depends on commanders at all levels understanding and implementing the basic tenets of AirLand Battle doctrine: Chain of Command However, a skillful leader, using the right combination of maneuver, firepower, and protection within a sound operational plan, can turn combat potential into real combat power.

Air Defense Weapons Systems The combat elements of the battalion provide the means to destroy enemy forces, seize and retain terrain, and secure other forces. This gives depth to the battalion and provides the commander with a form to counterattack and completely destroy the enemy. Before the battle, only capability or combat potential exists.


Receipt of Mission Friendly combat power is relative to that of enemy forces committed at the point of decision; therefore, any actions taken to degrade enemy firepower, protection, maneuver, and leadership increase friendly relative combat power. Sign In Sign Out. Firepower provides the destructive force vital to realizing the effects of maneuver. Commanders translate their initiative into action by issuing mission-type orders. Approach March Technique The first includes all actions taken to make the friendly unit hard to find or destroy.

The second component includes all actions taken to keep soldiers healthy and maintain their fighting morale, and to diminish the impact of severe weather. He must be proficient and confident, and must lead by example. The infantry fk most effective when visibility, observation, and fields of fire are limited; and when it must fight in close combat.

This is the ability to 7-02 or change the terms of battle through action. Exchange of Equipment It measures the effect created by combining maneuver, firepower, protection, and leadership in combat actions against an enemy.

Conduct of a Relief Defense of a Strongpoint