That Tactical Pause

A few SEAL Team tips from the Vietnam era SEAL fairly to recent operations.platoon_1986_3

  1. Fight aggressively, but think intelligently.
  2. Implement a good physical training program
  3. Inject realism into all phases of training
  4. Use the KISS standard. Go back to basics and do them right.
  5. Plan for contingencies.
  6. Don’t underestimate the enemy
  7. Use a wounded individual’s medical field dressing before you would use your own
  8. Carry survival gear as first line equipment.
  9. Do not wear different types of uniforms than expected by U.S. or allied forces (e.g., tiger stripes when everyone else is wearing jungle cammies). This may cause friendly forces to confuse you with the enemy.
  10. Enemy trackers can be successfully confused as to the size of the patrol if the entire SEAL platoon has the same sole pattern on their boots.
  11. Wear good boots with laces. Tennis/running shoes have a tendency to pull off in the mud. Going barefoot can be hazardous to you and your platoon.
  12. Ensure buoyancy is correct by dip testing personnel with all of their equipment on; adjust buoyancy as weight changes. Use LIVE AMMO.
  13. Fire your weapon shooting low, particularly at night. Ricochets will kill too, and most people will hit the ground when the shooting starts.
  14. Place magazines upside down in their pouches to keep out dirt.
  15. Test fire all weapons prior to departing on patrol to ensure their proper functioning. The tests should be done under similar situations which will be encountered on the patrol.
  16. Never place the claymore where you cannot observe it. Consider cutting the firing wire in half when operating in dense vegetation. You won’t use more than 50 feet of wire. This makes emplacement and recovery easier and cuts weight.
  17. Place the claymore so the blast parallels your personnel and the firing wire does not lead straight to your position.
  18. Ensure hand-thrown grenades are thrown clear of vegetation, so they do not bounce back and explode near the thrower or his platoon mates.
  19. Communications is the responsibility of everyone in the patrol, not just the RTO.
  20. Always keep talk to a minimum. Use the standard hand and arm signals whenever practical
  21. While patrolling with night vision look left, look straight, look right, look down in a pattern that repeats to maintain depth perception and ensure you maintain situational awareness.
  22. Suppressors are great for eliminating muzzle flash at night, effective communication, and preventing the enemy from knowing your postion.
  23. Suppressors are likely to cause the weapon to overheat during a firefight. Have a plan to remove the suppressor.
  24. Your rate of fire will vary according to the distance between you and the Contact.
  25. A gasmask can take the place of a force-on-force mask. It’s not as likely to fog up, and you may actually wear it on a combat mission.
  26. Apply vigorous ACCURACY at all times. Don’t just put holes in everything without drawing blood.
  27. Use brevity codes that make sense during mission planning. Encryption, it’s the new hotness (since 1975).
  28. Never take pictures of platoon members while on patrol. Valuable intelligence can be gained if photos are lost or captured.
  29. When working with friendly agents do not expose the entire patrol to make contact with them. Send only one man, or one vehicle to make the contact. Be in position to cover that man, or vehicle if “shit goes down.”
  30. If you see an enemy, freeze like an animal does and then slowly ease down out of sight. Sudden movements catch the eye and are giveaways to your position.