Engagement of Concealed Targets with Small Arms
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study is designed to determine the need for concealed target training with small arms for infantrymen. The investigation is focused on an analysis of historical experience, current doctrine, and the psychological impact of concealed targets at the small unit level. The investigation reveals that concealed targets are the predominant form that personnel targets assume on the modern battlefield, confirmed by both historical evidence and U.S. Army doctrine. Psychologically, the transition from TRAINFIRE ranges to most combat situations is lacking. Concealed target training using live ammunition under realistic conditions offers the potential of advancing combat effectiveness, as well as eliminating a large percentage of initial combat casualties. Psychologically, it will prepare the soldier to respond confidently to his first combat experience.
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