Charge!

The soldiers move forward, almost shoulder to shoulder, with live ammunition while practicing team movement drills at an advanced marksmanship course on Camp Beuhring, Kuwait, May 13, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division\'s Company F, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski

The soldiers move forward, almost shoulder to shoulder, with live ammunition while practicing team movement drills at an advanced marksmanship course on Camp Beuhring, Kuwait, May 13, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's Company F, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski

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  1. Ummm. . . Aren’t they a little too close together? Too many could be taken out with too few enemy shots. At least so it appears from the pix point-of-view.

  2. Yep…they definitely are…in that environment that’s absolutely ridiculous. They’re IC should be butt-stroked with that kind of lack of control (or stupid control) in fire and movement drills. I just got back from doing 10 days of live fire in the field in Suffield, Alberta with the 1CMBG and Task Force 3/09 for Afghanistan (I’m an infantry corporal with 4 years in). When its flat like that a) they should never have an entire bloody squad moving under contact (half of them should be on the damn ground provinding cover fire…interlocked with the rest of the platoon), b) they should be bounding and taking the prone position – yes its a physically demanding bitch of a move, but welcome to combat – its tough! c) they need to spread way the heck out: grenades, rpgs, enfillade fire from an enemy machine gun, rpk etc, mortar fire, ied, the list goes on. AT that distance (not even 5 meter spacing reference the ground), they’d be way screwed with bullets going downrange the other way.
    Then again: they are cavalry/aviation – not exactly the infantry – ducimus!

  3. It a Photo op plain and simple.

    The Phototog forgot to bring his wide-angle lens along so the only way to get a good OOH YAH pic was to bunch the lads up.

  4. Good comments by all.

    They’re (the 1st AC) definitely moving up this way………..as I’ve been seeing an increasing number of AC patches in our AO the last few weeks.

  5. This is the Udari Range Complex. I have been here several times. This is usually the last major range any deploying units will utilize before deploying to Iraq. Individual units are responsible for training. In my experience here, the intervals are based on target spacing.

  6. this exercise is to target practice on the move. Soldiers standing shoulder to shoulder is so they dont shoot each other in the back of the head.
    the reason for doing large numbers at once is so it doesnt take all damn day in the blistering sun.

    ( 4 years and 10 days live fire experience lmao! )

    on a realated note i thought this was relevant.

    A Private saying, “whats the worst that could happen….”
    A Sergeant saying, “Trust me, sir…”
    A Second Lieutenant saying, “Based on my experience…”
    A Captain saying, “I was just thinking…”
    and a Warrant Officer chuckling, “Watch this s**t…”

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