Pre-Engagement Drill or Admin Ritual
|Operators carry multiple weapons systems with ancillary equipment |
to allow them to be effective regardless of conditions.
5Ps; proper planning prevents poor performance. A drill, almost a ritual, to check your weapons and their accessories prior to stepping off is a vital part of the pre-mission checks. Element inspections to verify mission specific equipment are commonplace and their importance understood. Pre-engagement drill is an individual level readying and verification of your personal weapons. It is just as important. Like a chain, a team is only as strong or prepared as its weakest member. I don’t want to be THAT GUY. Do you? Didn’t think so!
- The steps of the drill are specific to allow the operator to ensure functionality and maintain safety. Do not change the order.
- Command driven weapon status must be followed. The steps may be modified to meet those requirements. Example, seat a magazine but do not ready and press check for amber status.
- Weapons and equipment are SLAPS’d in a reverse order. Secondary weapons (sidearms) are SLAPS’d before primary weapons (long guns). This ensures they are not forgotten. You work with your primary but your secondary saves your life.
- SLAPS drills must be conducted within a secure area that has a safe area/direction for weapon orientation. This drill is done before the mission, not during.
|Secondary Weapons are prepared first.|
You work with your primary but your secondary saves your life.
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Sights- Light/Lasers- Ammunition- Press Check-Safe and Safe/Secure
Sights- Present weapon. This is one more dry practice opportunity; don’t waste it. Verify iron sights are still there and secure. Verify any back up iron sights (BUIS) are set to the proper settings and functioning. Set optical sight to proper range or appropriate power for variable power optics. Power up any electronic sights. With Aimpoints, set the brightness to match the time of day. With EO Techs, turn them on and set the brightness to match the time of day. If your EO Tech reticule flashes as you turn it on, you are down to less than twenty percent battery life. Good time to change batteries while the weapon is unloaded. Verify any dummy cords or wires.