Practice Noise, Light, and Litter Discipline – The Army Way

Practice Noise, Light, and Litter Discipline – The Army Way

A Prepper should know how to move through dangerous territory without being noticed or leaving evidence of your presence behind.  The Army does this pretty well when it wants to…but we leave a mess when we don’t.  Something else the Army does will is breaking down complex procedures into digestible tasks so let’s not reinvent the wheel and learn from our men and women in uniform.  Here’s Practice Noise, Light and Litter Discipline – The Army Way.  Links have been added to facilitate further reading or research.

Task Number: 071-COM-0815
Task Title: Practice Noise, Light, and Litter Discipline
Task Type: Individual
Proponent:
Task Data
Conditions: You are member of a mounted or dismounted element conducting a tactical mission and have been directed to comply with noise, light and litter discipline. Enemy elements are in your area of operation.
Standards: Prevent enemy from locating your element by exercising noise, light, and litter discipline at all times.
Safety Notes: In a training environment, leaders must perform a risk assessment in accordance with FM 5-19, Composite Risk Management. Leaders will complete a DA Form 7566 COMPOSITE RISK MANAGEMENT WORKSHEET during the planning and completion of each task and sub-task by assessing mission, enemy, terrain and weather, troops and support available-time available and civil considerations, (METT-TC). Note: During MOPP training, leaders must ensure personnel are monitored for potential heat injury. Local policies and procedures must be followed during times of increased heat category in order to avoid heat related injury. Consider the MOPP work/rest cycles and water replacement guidelines IAW FM 3-11.4, NBC Protection, FM 3-11.5, CBRN Decontamination.
Environment:
PERFORMANCE STEPS
1Exercise noise discipline.
aAvoid all unnecessary vehicular and foot movement.
bSecure (with tape [usually 100 MPH Tape] or other materials[ranger bands for example…buy them or make your own from inner tubes]) metal parts (for example, weapon slings, canteen cups, identification [ID] tags) to prevent them from making noise during movement.
NOTE: Do not obstruct the moving parts of weapons or vehicles.
 
cAvoid all unnecessary talk.
dUse radio only when necessary.
eSet radio volume low so that only you can hear.
fUse visual [hand & arm signals] techniques to communicate.
2Exercise light discipline.
aDo not smoke.
NOTE: The smoking of cigarettes, cigars, etc., can be seen and smelled by the enemy.
 
bConceal flashlights and other light sources so that the light is filtered (for example, under a poncho).
cCover or blacken anything that reflects light (for example, metal surfaces, vehicles, glass).
dConceal vehicles and equipment with available natural camouflage.
f. Use visual techniques to communicate.
3. Exercise litter discipline.
aEstablish a litter collection point (empty food containers, empty ammunition cans or boxes, old camouflage) when occupying a position.
bVerify all litter has been collected in preparation to leaving a position.
cTake all litter with you when leaving a position.
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