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Definition/Scope: Indirect Fire Infantryman: As the main land combat force of the Army, Infantrymen capture or destroy opposing ground forces, repel enemy attacks and operate weapons and equipment in order to engage and eliminate the enemy. During peacetime, it’s the Infantry’s job to be ready to jump to the defense of our country. The Indirect Fire Infantryman specifically supervises or is a member of a mortar squad, section or platoon. The Mortar has the longest range and is the most devastating of any weapon system organic to any Infantry unit on the battlefield.Some of your duties as an Indirect Fire Infantryman may include: Setting up, Loading and Firing any of three types of Mortars: 60mm, 81mm or 120mm; Employing crew and individual weapons in offensive, defensive and retrograde ground combat; Performing hand-to-hand combat drills that involve martial-arts tactics; Employing, firing and recovering anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; Locating and neutralizing mines; Carrying out scouting missions to spot enemy troop movements and gun locations; Operating two-way radios and signal equipment to relay battle orders; Constructing and camouflaging mortar firing positions; Operating, cleaning and storing automatic weapons; Parachuting from troop transport airplanes while carrying weapons and supplies.

Broader Terms:

CMF 11 (Infantry)

Narrower Terms:

indirect fire support

Related Terms:

indirect fire support

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