FM 3-25.150(FM 21-150)
A successful combatives program cannot stand alone. The transition to
the appropriate techniques must be natural, which can only be
accomplished by integrating combatives into scenario training. This is
hard and arduous training; soldiers should know that war is harsh, and
the reality of training for war is equally harsh.
Section I. PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS
Training soldiers in the appropriate use of combatives requires expertise and detailed
planning. As in live-fire training, the potential for accidents must be mitigated by control
of both the scenario and the conduct of the exercise itself.
When planning a hand-to-hand scenario many factors must be addressed. A detailed and
well thought out scenario tells the soldiers what type of techniques are appropriate. For
example, very different techniques are appropriate when clearing a building in an enemy
occupied city, such as when U.S. forces cleared Hue City, Vietnam, than when clearing a
building during a noncombatant evacuation operation.
a. Scenario. Scenarios must be explained to soldiers in detail so that the appropriate
actions come to them naturally. This should include an explanation of the events leading
up to the scenario as well as the immediate tactical situation.
b. Rules of Engagement. Rules of engagement must be given that provide soldiers a
clear understanding of what actions are appropriate.
During the conduct of an exercise, leaders must maintain control throughout. It is very
easy for undisciplined troops to go beyond the bounds of the exercise when they get
frustrated at their own poor training. Soldiers and subordinate leaders must know what is
expected of them, and what the repercussions are for inappropriate actions.
a. Opposing Force. There is always a tendency for soldiers playing the opposing
force (OPFOR) to lose track of the training goals and get carried away. OPFOR must be
well rehearsed and stay within t