Infantry Drills

FM 3-21.8 – Chapter 1 – Fundamentals of Tactics

Chapter 1

Fundamentals of Tactics

The mission of the Infantry is to close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver in order to destroy or capture him, or to repel his assault with fire, close combat, and counterattack. The Infantry will engage the enemy with combined arms in all operational environments to bring about his defeat. The close combat fight is not unique to the Infantry.


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