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BST Communication – Communicate using hand and arm signals

Communicate using hand and arm signals

Training Support Package (TSP) for the Marine Battle Skills Test (BST)

 

TASK: Communicate using hand and arm signals

CONDITION: Given a command

STANDARD: Communicating 10 hand and arm signals most commonly used during security patrols

ESTIMATED TIME TO TRAIN: 5 minutes

ESTIMATED TIME TO TEST: 1 minutes per Marine

PERFORMANCE STEPS: 
  1. Execute the hand and arm signal for enemy in sight
  2. Execute the hand and arm signal for cease fire
  3. Execute the hand and arm signal for assemble
  4. Execute the hand and arm signal for form column
  5. Execute the hand and arm signal for close up
  6. Execute the hand and arm signal for open up, extend
  7. Execute the hand and arm signal for forward
  8. Execute the hand and arm signal for halt
  9. Execute the hand and arm signal for freeze
  10. Execute the hand and arm signal for hasty ambush right or left
REFERENCES: 
  1. FM 21-60 – Visual Signals
  2. MCRP 3-10A.3 – Marine Rifle Squad
SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS: Service Rifle or replica training rifle
Purpose of Hand and Arm Signals 

Signals are used to transmit commands or information when voice communications are difficult, impossible, or when silence must be maintained.  Subordinate leaders repeat signals to their units whenever necessary to ensure prompt and correct execution.

PERFORMANCE STEP 1: Execute the hand and arm signal for enemy in sight.

Hold the rifle horizontally, with the stock in the shoulder and the muzzle pointing in the direction of the enemy.  Aim at the enemy target.

PERFORMANCE STEP 2: Execute the hand and arm signal for cease-fire.

Raise the hand in front of the forehead, palm to the front, and swing the hand and forearm up and down several times in front of the face. 

PERFORMANCE STEP 3: Execute the hand and arm signal for assemble.

Raise the hand vertically, fingers extended and joined, palm to the front, and wave in large horizontal circles with the arm and hand.

PERFORMANCE STEP 4: Execute the hand and arm signal for form column.

Raise either arm to the vertical position.  Drop the arm to the rear, making complete circles in a vertical plane parallel to the body.  The signal may be used to indicate either a troop or vehicular column.

PERFORMANCE STEP 5: Execute the hand and arm signal for close up.

Start signal with both arms extended to the side, palms forward, and bring palms together in front of the body momentarily. Repeat until the signal is understood.

PERFORMANCE STEP 6: Execute the hand and arm signal for open up, extend.

Start signal with arms extended in front of the body, palms together, and bring arms to the horizontal position at the sides, palms forward. When repetition of this signal is necessary, the arms are returned along the front of the body to the starting position and the signal is repeated until understood.

PERFORMANCE STEP 7: Execute the hand and arm signal for forward.

Face in the desired direction of movement then extend the arm horizontally overhead and then forward in the direction of movement.

PERFORMANCE STEP 8: Execute the hand and arm signal for halt.

Extend an open hand upward vertically and hold it in that position until the signal is understood.

PERFORMANCE STEP 9: Execute the hand and arm signal for freeze.

Raise an arm vertically and hold it in that position with a closed fist.

PERFORMANCE STEP 10: Execute the hand and arm signal for hasty ambush right or left.

Raise fist to shoulder level and thrust it several times in the direction of the ambush.

Communicate using hand and arm signals

 

 

Evaluation Checklist

MARINE BEING EVALUATED:

EVALUATOR:

DATE:

SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS: Service rifle or replica

EVALUATOR NOTE: The evaluator will guide the Marine through the checklist by announcing the hand and arm signal to be executed.  Marines must perform all the hand and arm signals without error in order to pass this event.

Performance Step Instructor Notes Pass or Remediate
1. Execute the hand and arm signal for enemy in sight Marine should hold the rifle horizontally, with the stock in the shoulder and the muzzle pointing in the direction of the enemy.  Aim at the enemy target.
2. Execute the hand and arm signal for cease-fire Marine should raise the hand in front of the forehead, palm to the front, and swing the hand and forearm up and down several times in front of the face.

 

3. Execute the hand and arm signal for assemble Marine should raise the hand vertically, fingers extended and joined, palm to the front, and wave in large horizontal circles with the arm and hand.
4. Execute the hand and arm signal for form column Marine should  raise either arm to the vertical position.  Drop the arm to the rear, making complete circles in a vertical plane parallel to the body.
5. Execute the hand and arm signal for close up Marine should start signal with both arms extended to the side, palms forward, and bring palms together in front of the body momentarily.
6. Execute the hand and arm signal for open up, extend. Marine should start signal with arms extended in front of the body, palms together, and bring arms to the horizontal position at the sides, palms forward.
7.  Execute the hand and arm signal for forward Marine should face in the desired direction of movement then extend the arm horizontally overhead and then forward in the direction of movement.
8. Execute the hand and arm signal for halt Marine should extend an open hand upward vertically and hold it in that position until the signal is understood.
9. Execute the hand and arm signal for freeze Marine should raise an arm vertically and hold it in that position with a closed fist.
10. Execute the hand and arm signal for hasty ambush right or left Marine should raise fist to shoulder level and thrust it several times in the direction of the ambush.

 

Communicate using hand and arm signals Training Support Package (TSP) for the Marine Battle Skills Test (BST)