6400-Mil Operations: Timely Fires in All Directions
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At the Joint Readiness Training Center JRTC, Fort Polk, Louisiana, firing units must provide 6400-mit fires in the low-intensity phase of the rotation, yet too many units come lacking proficiency in 6400-mit operations. Units tend to fail to conduct timely, effective 6400-mit operations because their home-station training has been designed with a live-fire mindset limited by their impact areas. The nonlinear JRTC battlefield is similar to the one we faced in Vietnam and requires 6400-mit fires to support maneuver elements. The purpose of this article is to provide tactics, techniques and procedures TTP for timely, accurate fires in any direction. Here are some of the most common problems that the observercontrollers 0Cs at the JRTC witness month after month. Units have a tendency to choose position areas PAs that do not facilitate 6400-mil operations. They fail to position equipment properly in the firing location, emplace their aiming references incorrectly or fail to compute the executive officers minimum quadrant elevation X0s min QE, terrain gun position corrections TGPCs and graphical firing table GFT settings for all eight octants. Failing to perform any of these steps leads to the units failure to deliver timely, massed and accurate fires in all directions.
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