FM 3-25.150(FM 21-150)
This chapter discusses the trainer’s role in teaching and sustaining
effective hand-to-hand combat. It also discusses unit training, training
areas, teaching techniques, and safety precautions that must be
considered before conducting combatives training.
Section I. TRAIN-THE-TRAINER
Professional instruction is the key to success in combatives training. Instructors must be
physically fit and highly proficient in the demonstration and practical application of the
skills. They must review and be familiar with this manual. Confidence, enthusiasm, and
technical expertise are essential for success in teaching hand-to-hand combat. Assistant
instructors must also be properly trained to help supervise and demonstrate maneuvers.
Selecting the trainers is the first step in establishing an effective program.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF TRAINERS
Diligent effort is needed to perfect the various hand-to-hand combat techniques, to apply
them instinctively, and to teach others to safely master them. The following instructor
responsibilities are the core of planning and executing combatives training.
a. Seek maximum efficiency with minimum effort. Continually strive to reduce all
unnecessary explanations, movement, and activity. Streamline the training without
compromising content, efficiency, or safety.
b. Stress cooperation and technical mastery. Promote suppleness and controlling
c. Reinforce the details of each technique and provide positive feedback when
warranted. Use occasional humor to motivate soldiers, but avoid degrading or insulting
d. Ensure serviceable training aids are present in sufficient quantities for all soldiers
being trained. Ensure training areas are well maintained and free of dangerous
e. Ensure instructors and assistant instructors are well-rehearsed and prepared before
all training sessions. Conduct instructor training at least five hours weekly to maintain a
high skill level.