Clearing buildings and rooms...
Okay, I've sent this now to my friends in the sand box and to a couple of friends who carry badges for a living. I've been trying to remember the proper tactical techniques I learned oh so long ago for building & room clearing. Transferring it to the here and now with the obvious limitations on myself as no longer being an army officer; therefore tossing in a grenade before entering isn't a viable notion.
However, keeping in mind the need these days to keep collateral damages down there are still some glaring contrasts in what I was taught and what must be taking place in real life, now. So I'll post exactly what I sent to these friends of mine and let the discussions begin!
I've been trying to remember the technique for clearing a room (without first tossing in a hand grenade, lol).
I know it requires TWO individuals, otherwise whichever way you entered the room you'd be presenting your back to a potential threat behind you.
I can't remember if you stack at the door and one goes high and the other low sweeping the room in reversing arcs with the weapons.
OR if one goes in from the left and the other from the right turning immediately to move along the wall in opposite directions sweeping in that manner. Which works better in your opinion? Also what do you guys do if different from my two techniques? Remember, without tossing in a 'Nade first or blowing a hole thru a wall to avoid the door.
I was also taught that it's important to clear multi story buildings from the TOP down. That forces enemy troops out of the building instead of to the roof where they run out of room and take on a "last stand" mentality. How does that work in real life? I don't expect you get a lot of chopper support to rappel or fast rope down to clear every building in a village, huh? So that means you've got to go up from the 1st floor, right? Are your M4s on auto, burst or single? Do you deploy the SAWs in those ops? Is there ever a time when you'd use a handgun instead of the M4?