Range Day. All students zero and work on fundamentals of marksmanship at 100m through several firing positions. They’ll engage human sized steel at various distances from 100m to 400m. All students achieved first round hits at 400m.

Course paper targets at 100m.

Students learning the fundamentals of camoflaging and utilizing vegetation in addition to their ghillie hoods.

There are two trigger pullers in the picture, 20m away.

Shape, shine and silhouette. Where are they?

Two students working on thermal mitigation.

Team leader done applying hasty camo to his team, now preparing himself.

View from 50m away.

Potential ambush detected, time for a cloverleaf to flank the linear ambush.

Squad Y formation to conduct Tracking Patrol.

Tracking Patrol on the spoor.

Briefing the Execution Paragraph of the Operations Order includes a sand table of the operation to visually describe the timeline of the operation and route of march.

Any and all enablers are encouraged on patrol. In this case, a student is using a drone to get an aerial view of the target.

Can you spot them?

Team inbound. Even with horrible terrain, sometimes you have to make it work. Major H. John Poole noted the American Infantry aversion to crawling. Infiltration lanes require it.

It was a damn good course out there. I thank everyone who trained- you guys are the ones making it happen in the real world- and I look forward to getting back out in Wyoming the next chance I get.

 

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