Appendix J - Selected Battle Drills

Infantry platoons and squads undergo extensive training to conduct combat operations in all operational environments. In preparation for these operations battle drills are used to train and establish procedures to perform their mission. Battle drills are standardized collective actions made in response to common battle occurrences. They are designed for rapid reaction situations without the application of a deliberate decision-making process.

Selected Battle Drills

J-1. Battle drills are initiated on a cue, such as an enemy action or the leader’s order, and are a trained response to that stimulus. They require minimal leader orders to accomplish, and are vital to success in combat and critical to preserving life.

J-2. This appendix identifies essential battle drills that an Infantry platoon and squad must train on to ensure success. They include: