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Why Army Recruits Master The ‘Rolling T’ Combat Formation At Boot Camp | Boot Camp

inside a 200 square meter compound built to resemble a European village future army infantry soldiers spend up to 60 hours in training known as mouth for military operations in urban terrain infantrymen are expected to fight in different types of terrain and survive and win the fight and right now they are getting their first taste of what that’s like in an urban environment these environments have added complications like multiple floors and sharp turns and one of the components of mount is learning a mobile combat formation known as the rolling T the purpose of a rolling T is to secure a hallway so that the fire team and the squad can maneuver from room to room inside of a building soldiers use the rolling T formation when there’s a possibility of a hostile threat that could come from multiple directions keeping the squad safe when navigating narrow hallways and around corners it allows them to have 360 degrees security so that they can deal with any threats inside of that building the formation requires a four person team working as a unit to safely navigate through narrow corridors and around turns the t shape is clearly visible in this overhead illustration in each soldier plays a specific role the number one man is a rifleman number two man team leader number three men would be the Grenadier and number four man is a saw gunner saw stands for squad automatic weapon here’s how the rolling T breaks down when navigating around a corner first two soldiers designated as the high man and the low man swing around the corner to assess the presence of a possible threat on the other side the purpose for having a high man and low man when we maneuver around a corner and so that we have maximum firepower to secure the unknown threat on that side and they coordinate so that they both simultaneously appear from that corner so that they can secure the threat as quickly as possible once the team leader deems that the hallway is secure another soldier swings out to the far left position and the rolling tee begins to take shape the low man moves forward along the right wall and the high man moves forward in the center of the three person line finally the saw gunner walks backward keeping his head on a swivel in order to provide rear security the soldier providing rear security for the squad ensures there are no blind spots for the forward facing soldiers be looking over your shoulder all right you’re checking your shoulder you’re not walking backwards you’re walking this way just checking good along with navigating l-shaped corners the rolling tea formation can adapt to clear other spaces such as a t-shaped intersection and a four-way intersection where two soldiers adjust their positions to cover the hallways to the left and right of the squad when the rolling te approaches a new corner to navigate around the squad forms what’s known as a stack against the wall ahead of the corner and the team leader assesses the next move in operations across Afghanistan and Iraq we are conducting clearance operations and it’s applicable wherever we go as seen in this footage of u.s. army soldiers during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan troops are often tasked with searching and securing villages but the rolling tea is only used in situations when there is a possibility of a hostile threat for safety the soldiers rifles are plugged during training as they get up on there you don’t want something I just dip it on the corner of the knife might be bad all right now back on YouTube the soldiers practice the formation over and over again oh no wait for me say it three two one go ready go with the squeeze don’t just go in your own boom after they perfected role players pretending to be civilians are used to ensure the mission objectives are accomplished without harming bystanders according to one former Army soldier who spoke to Business Insider avoiding civilian casualties is one of the biggest takeaways during mouth training it’s not so much about killing the bad guys but it’s more about protecting the civilian this footage provided by Fort Benning shows a different exercise where future soldiers train with less lethal weapons in order to avoid civilian casualties so they’re ready to protect their fellow soldiers and innocent civilians they may encounter in combat it’s important for the future soldiers muscle memory because they are working as a team a lot of times ah this is the first time that they’ve been working in urban environment as a team and they have to understand how that coordination works together with minimal communication using the concerted effort in order to have that security to the front [Music]
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