Lesson 15 - The Clock Method

    For you generation x folks who grew up in the digital age - we are talking about a clock with hands. This is a simple technique to keep everyone oriented in the same direction.

    Practice this until it becomes muscle memory for your squad. A great example of muscle memory is in the movie “300”, watch the Spartans react in unison to a threat with spears and shields facing in one direction. It’s impressive; now imagine your squad reacting to a threat in unison with eleven guns facing in one direction.

    You’ve been there when it wasn’t easy. Contact left – who’s left yours or mine and which way is that guy facing anyway? Contact near that tree – which tree, oh you mean the green one? Eliminate the confusion.

 

Offense Clock Method:

    Your squad is always in the center of the clock and your direction of movement is always 12 o’clock. Use the SALT report to identify contact, you don’t have to worry about time because it’s happening right now – “contact 3 o’clock, three personnel, 200 feet”. Everyone orients to the right and the squad leader determines what to do. This is where the phrase “watch your six” came from. Six o’clock is always to your rear when moving – so watch your rear. Most MILSIM players get target fixation or tunnel vision due to the adrenaline and excitement and fail to watch their rear. The Blacksheep OFOR loves this predictability!

 

 Defense Clock Method:

    The clock is your perimeter. Identify a prominent feature and designate it as 12 o’clock – a tree, rock, building or terrain feature. As soon as you occupy a position, designate 12 o’clock and assign sectors – “the burned out tank is 12 o’clock, alpha fire team from 12 to 6, bravo fire team from 6 to 12, get your positions set and then meet me in the middle for further instructions”. Use the SALT report to identify contact, you don’t have to worry about time because it’s happening right now – “contact 9 o’clock, three personnel moving from 9 to 10.” This report notifies everyone that bravo fire team has contact and they are moving from left to right on their perimeter.

 

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