Lab Week 6: PCC & PCI

CDT Furgal demonstrates the best method in re-packing a ruck.
CDT Furgal demonstrates the best method in re-packing a ruck.

This week Seneca Battalion conducted pre-combat insepctions as party of preparations for the annual Fall Field Training Exercise (FTX).

A full layout of all the gear a cadet packs in their rucksack for FTX.
A full layout of all the gear a cadet packs in their rucksack for FTX.

Pre combat checks and pre combat inspections are used by Army leadership to ensure all soldiers are prepared and equipped for their mission.  PCC’s are informal and conducted by team and squad leaders;  PCC’S are formal and conducted by platoon leaders or higher.

Seneca Battalion conducts PCI’S before every training exercise to make sure that every cadet is prepared for whatever the training may throw at them.

Typically a PCI is a full layout of all mission essential equipment on a unit wide packing list.  Cadets cram everything they need into their rucksack and empty it out for squad leaders to inspect before repacking, usually with plastic bags to keep the contents of the ruck from getting wet.

wpid-wp-1445198232493.jpgWhile such assurances may seem mundane, it is critically important to ensure everyone is prepared for field training.  The harsh weather that cadets face during the all FTX can easily cause cold weather injuries.  Forgetting something as simple as gloves is enough to ruin the training exercise for everyone.

Next week Seneca Battalion will conduct FTX, where they will be in a fictional combat scenario for over 48 hours, utilizing the skills they have learned in the past six weeks to accomplish whatever mission put before them.

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