Infantry Drills

FM 3-21.8 – Chapter 2 – Employing Fires

Chapter 2

Employing Fires

Suppressing or destroying the enemy with direct and indirect fires is essential to success in close combat. Because fire and movement are complementary components of maneuver, the Infantry platoon leader must be able to effectively mass the fires of all available resources at critical points and times. Effective and efficient employment of fires is achieved when the platoon acquires the enemy rapidly and masses the effects of direct and indirect fires. When employed effectively the effects produce decisive results in the close fight.


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