COL Curtis A. Buzzard, LTC John C. White, and MAJ Jared N. Ferguson In the late summer and early fall of 2014, the world watched in shock as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL — also known as Daish) attacked into Iraq from Syria and seized key terrain in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces. Much of the Iraqi army retreated, and the country appeared on the verge of collapse. In late November and early December, efforts were initiated to provide forces to assist in training and advising the Iraqi army.
There are apparently no spots on the planet that are so remote, so inhospitable, and so devoid of transport and infrastructure that man will not fight over the possession of them. Mountains, jungles, and deserts have all seen their share of combat. People have even fought in the Arctic and in proximity to the Antarctic — and not just the indigenous populations. The land areas approaching and within the Arctic and Antarctic Circles provide unique challenges to military operations.
There are only three individual movement techniques (IMTs) in the U.S. Army: the high crawl, the low crawl, and the rush. These individual movement techniques can be traced back nearly 80 years in previous U.S. Army doctrine. The movement techniques are to be utilized in the Soldier Skill Level 1 task number 071-326-0502, Move Under Direct Fire. Soldiers are to utilize the rush technique “when enemy fire allows for brief exposure” in order to move from one covered position to another.
While the science of armed conflict may change over time, the art of leadership is a constant that enables U.S. forces to win in complex operating environments (OEs). In order to develop the capacity to win the future fight, units below the brigade level need to seize every opportunity to develop leadership and unit competence. Training for future conflict is a challenging task that emphasizes the creation of lethal teams and competent leaders that can confidently operate in complex situations.
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