Lesson 23 - Fire Team Defense

    In the military a fire team rarely finds itself in this position, but in MILSIM I've seen it happen often. In a game environment you may find yourself operating as a fire team, especially in long games where attrition for a variety of reasons may affect your squad. The following examples are for demonstration purposes, use these principles to adapt them to the terrain using OCOKA.


    Defense is a crucial part of MILSIM and one that most players don't like to do. It can be boring and nerve racking as you wait for your opponent to do something, particularly at night. You may start to imagine things as you stare endlessly into your sector looking for enemy contact. Every MILSIM game you play in requires someone to secure a key terrain feature or an objective that is critical to the larger team's success.


    In Blacksheep games this defensive element is absolutely crucial to score points and win the game. If you find yourself in the defense for too long, call up command and ask for a relief in place so your team can go do the sexy stuff. Never give up a piece of terrain or an objective that you have fought to take without notifying command - it may be more important in the big picture than you can see from where you are.


    Use OCOKA to develop your defensive plan and choose fighting positions. The leader designates sectors of fire to ensure interlocking sectors of fire between positions and adjacent units. The team leader position is set behind other positions to give depth to the defense and cover to the forward positions. The distance between positions should be not more that 1/3 the range of your weapons. This allows for 2/3 the range of your weapons to engage targets. Allow the enemy to enter your engagement range before firing - this reduces their ability to maneuver. Plan how your medic is going to get from position to position. Emplace your SAW carefully to maximize its effectiveness - think about a position where it can lay down a wall of BBs across the front of your team position (this is called a final protective line or fire).


    The most important part of the defense is developing contingency plans. Think through what you will do if the enemy attacks left, right or rear of your main defense. Assign code words to these contingency plans and brief all the members of your team on what to do. In the middle of a fire fight you need to react - not think! If the enemy is doing their job correctly, they will fire and maneuver to exploit your weakness.H


    Hasty Defense: Keep your team members within the 1/3 range of their weapons. This allows you to maximize your firepower to repel an attack.

    Prepared Defense: Fire team as part of a larger unit, ensure interlocking sectors of fire between units.

    Prepared Defence: Fire team by itself, keep everyone tight and build positions with alternate firing ports to cover 360 degrees. Allow for movement of team members between positions.

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