How To Enter A Building During WROL

How To Enter A Building During WROL

Today we present the eighth post in our series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to enter a building during WROL.  

Note:  Entering a building for military purposes does differ from entering for the reasons most preppers would need to enter a building and the tools available to our soldiers differ from what most preppers have available…many of the skills still transfer but disregard what doesn’t apply.  Additionally, don’t overlook the easy, obvious method of asking any inhabitants for entry…this may be especially effective before the fact that WROL is upon us is widely accepted or when traveling with children.

Today’s tips do involve the entering of  buildings which isn’t just trespassing on private property but is also extremely dangerous as anyone remaining inside will likely feel threatened and react accordingly.  You should only attempt these actions if you deem entering a building to be the least dangerous alternative given your current circumstances.  Conversely, by knowing the likely methods an intruder might use to enter a building you occupy you will be better able to avoid conflict or defend yourself if necessary.


When entering a building, take every precaution to get into it with minimum exposure to enemy fire and observation.  Some basic rules are:

  • Select an entry point before moving [across open areas and approaching the building]
  • Avoid windows and doors [enter at an unlikely point like a hole in the outside wall]
  • Use smoke for concealment
  • Make new entry points by using demolitions or tank rounds [remember me saying some of this wouldn’t apply to preppers]
  • Throw a hand grenade through the entry point before entering [another tip for soldiers only]
  • Quickly follow the explosion of the hand grenade [enter the building when you’re not expected or anyone inside may be distracted]
  • Have your buddy overwatch you as you enter the building
  • Enter at the highest level possible

High Level Building EntryHigh Level Entries

The preferred way to clear a building is to clear [preppers only need to clear to the extent required for individual/group safety] from the top down.  That is why you should enter at the highest level possible.  If a defending enemy is forced down to the ground level he may leave the building, thus exposing himself to the fires outside the building [or just getting out of your way].

If the enemy is force up to the top floor, he may fight even harder than normal or escape over the roofs of other buildings.

You can use ropes, ladders, drain pipes, vines, helicopters [I know, not in your bug out bag] or the roofs and windows of adjoining buildings to reach the top floor or roof of a building.  In some cases, you can climb onto another soldier’s shoulders and pull yourself up.  You can attach a grappling hook to one end of a rope and throw the hook to the roof where it can snag something to hold the rope in place.

Low Level Entries

There will be times when you can’t enter from an upper level or the roof. In such cases, entry at the ground floor may be your only way to get into the building. When making low level entries, avoid entries through windows and doors as much as possible. They are often booby trapped and are probably covered by enemy fire.

When making low level entries, use demolitions, artillery, tanks, antitank weapons, or similar means to make an entry point in a wall.  Before entering the entry point, throw a cooked-off [a nerve racking technique that let’s the grenades fuse burn partway before throwing] hand grenade through the entry point to reinforce the effects of the first blast.

Low Level Building Entry

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