CONDITION: The platoon is operating in a tactical environment as part of a company team or cavalry troop that was made contact with a moving or stationary enemy. The commander orders the platoon to conduct an attack by fire (ABF).

TASK STANDARD: The platoon conducts tactical movement to and occupies the ABF position. It places effective fire and (if applicable) indirect fire on the enemy element and destroys or suppresses it.


1. Platoon leader receives/analyzes the OPORD/FRAGO.

a. Determines location of the enemy element.

b. If METT-T allows, determines location of the ABF position if the position is not specified in the order.

c. Identifies covered and concealed routes to ABF position (if not specified in the order) and, if applicable, uses waypoints to assist in the navigation.

d. Confirms commander's direct fire and (if applicable) indirect fire scheme of maneuver.

e. Coordinates with supporting elements as required.

f. Issues FRAGO to the platoon.

2. Platoon conducts tactical movement to ABF position.

a. Uses appropriate formation and movement technique.

b. Orients weapon systems to provide 360-degree security during movement.

c. If necessary, engages enemy forces.

3. Platoon occupies the ABF position.

a. Based on graphic control measures and/or METT-T, confirms that the position meets the following tactical considerations:

1. Position allows the platoon to place effective fires on the enemy.

2. Position facilitates weapon standoff.


3. Position is located on terrain affording cover and concealment for hull-down or turret-down positions.

b. Conducts hasty occupation of the ABF position.

c. Platoon leader designates TRPs, sectors of fires, and tentative firing positions.

d. Begins scanning sectors of fire as designated by the platoon leader or SOP.

4. Platoon executes the attack by fire.

a. Platoon leader issues a platoon fire command specifying the method of fire, firing pattern, and rate of fire, the platoon must sustain to accomplish the task.

b. Uses main gun fire to suppress and destroy large targets.

c. Uses machine gun fire to suppress dismounted troops and suspected enemy positions.

d. Platoon leader and/or platoon sergeant, if applicable, calls for and adjusts indirect fires onto the enemy elements.

e. Maintains situational awareness of enemy unit locations through visual contact, radio cross- talk, and digital systems.

5. Platoon leader directs the attack by fire until all enemy elements are destroyed or suppressed or the order to lift fires is received.

a. Directs platoon to sustain a continuous and consistent rate of fire on the enemy position.

b. If applicable, controls supporting fires on the enemy by starting, stopping, or shifting subordinate element and/or indirect fires as necessary.

c. Directs the platoon to move to alternate ABF positions as necessary to avoid becoming decisively engaged and/or to maintain effective fires on the enemy.

d. Orders a cease-fire once the enemy is destroyed or on order from the commander.

e. Sends updated SPOTREPs/SITREPs to the commander as necessary.

f. Directs platoon to continue the mission as ordered.

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