Lab Week #5 – Tactical Application of Battle Drills

CDT Clancy leads a formation of cadets down a road on the simulated ambush lane.
CDT Clancy leads a formation of cadets down a road on the simulated ambush lane.

This week, Seneca Battalion applied previously learned knowledge to real world scenarios – and made first contact with the enemy.

OPFOR takes aim at cadets during the review phase.
OPFOR takes aim at cadets during the review phase.

Using lessons learned from Lab Week 3, cadets underwent exercises where an active Opposition Force, or OPFOR, was used to test their knowledge and adaptive leadership skills of their squad leaders.

This phase of learning is known as the “walk” phase, where cadets’ skills are improved by practical exercises focused on solidifying the basics rather than generating an end result.

The lab began with a review of three battle drills: react to contact, break contact, and react to ambush.  Each squad got a chance to act as the demonstrating squad while the two others looked on, rotating through each battle drill.

OPFOR attack the cadet formation, requiring them to react to contact.
OPFOR attack the cadet formation, requiring them to react to contact.

The next phase of the lab was practical exercises, where the squads split into two different groups and underwent two separate missions; one designed to simulate an ambush and the other designed to force the cadets to react to contact.

Both groups rotated through the lanes that forced them to rely on both the battle drills they had learned and adapting to constantly changing situations.

This is all in preparation for the Battalion’s FTX, or Field Training Exercise, that is quickly approaching, where Seneca Battalion will spend over 48 hours in a combat scenario.

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