FIRE TEAM FORMATIONS

• Wedge and file
• Used for control flexibility and security
• Leaders are up front in the formation which allows them to lead by example.
“FOLLOW ME AND DO AS I DO.”
• All soldiers in the team must be able to see the leader

WEDGE FORMATIONS

• Is the basic formation for the fire team
• The interval between soldiers is normally 10 meters
• Expands and contracts depending on terrain
• When rough terrain and poor visibility or other factors make control of the wedge difficult:

– normal interval is reduced so that the team leader can see the squad
-the sides of the wedge can contract to the point where the wedge resembles a file

• When moving in less rugged terrain where control is easier, soldiers expand or resume their original positions

COMPARISON OF FIRE TEAM FORMATION

FIRE TEAM WEDGE
WHEN NORMALLY USED – basic fire team formation
CONTROL                             – easy
FLEXIBILITY                        – good
FIRE CAPABILITIES            – allows immediate fire in all directions
SECURITY                             – good

FIRE TEAM FILE
WHEN NORMALLY USED – close terrain, CQB situations, poor
visibility
CONTROL                             – easiest
FLEXIBILITY                        – less flexible
FIRE CAPABILITIES            – allows immediate fire to the flanks
vulnerable to rear attack
SECURITY                             – least

 

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