An Cosantóir

November 2014

An Cosantóir the official magazine of the Irish Defence Forces and Reserve Defence Forces.

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Page 28 of 39 the defence forces magazine | 29 FIELDCRAFt – PARt 3 Fieldcraft is an integral part of weapon training and must not be separated from it. Unless the soldier learns marksmanship, technical handling and fieldcraft 'hand-in-hand', their progress towards becoming a proficient battle-shot suffers. Individual fieldcraft training is an excellent way to develop character. Every soldier must become an expert in fieldcraft. Military vocabulary is used to teach the soldier how to improve his powers of description and recognition. This lesson will teach the soldier the importance of using his/her eyes at picking up details from the ground and relating them back to other squad members that may be able to identify that description and if needed bring fire to bear on that location. The instructor should select an area that has a variety of military features in preparation for the lesson. While military vocabulary is being taught the objects to be recognised may be indicated by descriptions or by the instructor aiming a rifle and those under his instructions looking down along the sights. The instructor then explains what they have been looking at using military vocabulary. Instruction can be carried out on objects viewed from the vicinity of the barracks in addition to the use of landscape targets. It should, where possible be continued during drill or other basic training. Fir Bushy -top Poplar artIFIcIal Features: Canal Path Church Tower Post and rail fence Concrete Road Pylon Crane Quarry Cross Roads Railway Signal Culvert Ricks Cutting Road Embankment Road Junction Factory Sign Post Fenced/unfenced Sunken Road Ferry Stooks Footpath Tarred Road Ford Telegraph Gable-end Track Gasometer Viaduct Hurdle Windmill Iron Fence Wire Fence Lock natural Features: Fir Cornfield Popular Plough Bushy-topped Root Field Hedgerow Stubble Gorse (known as Copse Furze & Whins) topoGraphIcal Features: Ridge Foreground Valley Middle Distance Fold Distance Defile Dead Ground Crestline Cliff Horizon Gorge Spur Ravine Knoll Clearing Saddle Salient Slopes -forward Slopes -concave Slopes -reverse Slopes -convex FIeld enGIneerInG: Shelter Trench Observation Post Slit Trench Blockhouse Trench Emplacement Parapet Right Angle Revetment Square Traverse Triangle Barricade Circular Dug-out Vertical Horizontal types oF colours: White Yellow Green Brown types oF trees: Bushy-Top Fir Poplar types oF FIre: Direct Frontal Indirect Oblique Overhead Flanking Enfilade MILItARY vOCABUL ARY Black Blue Red

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