FM 3 25.150 PDF

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A soldier cannot always count on being bigger and stronger than the enemy. The culmination of a successful physical fitness program, enhancing individual and unit strength, flexibility, balance, and cardiorespiratory fitness. The exceptions are wrist attacks and twisting knee attacks. The fighter must control the distance between himself and the enemy in order to control the fight.

Very few people have ever been killed with the bayonet or saber, but the fear of having their guts explored with cold steel in the hands of battle-maddened men has won many a fight. Each technique has a window of effectiveness based upon the amount of space between the two combatants. Training in combatives includes hard and arduous physical training that is, at the same time, mentally demanding and carries over to other military pursuits.

Striking can be practiced with various types of protective padding such as boxing gloves. Balance refers to the ability to maintain equilibrium and to remain in a stable upright position.

A vital principle when fighting is to gain control of the enemy by controlling this relationship. He must not allow fear or anger to control his actions. Most training should be conducted in an area with soft footing such as a grassy or sandy area. Enter Your Email Address.


Chokes are the best way to end a fight. Many military operations, such as peacekeeping missions or noncombatant evacuation, may restrict the use of deadly weapons. The wrist is very easily damaged, and twisting the knee does not become painful until it is too late.

Things are often going on around the fighters that could have a direct impact on the outcome 25.510 the fight such as opportunity weapons or other personnel joining the fight. Because of the potentially dangerous nature of the techniques involved, combatives training must always be conducted under the supervision of qualified leaders.

Soldiers must be prepared to use different levels of force in an environment where conflict may change from low intensity ffm high intensity over a matter of hours. The techniques of Army combatives should be taught in the order presented in this manual.

Therefore, these attacks should be taught with great care and should not be allowed in sparring or competitions. They are the most effective way to incapacitate an 2.150 and, with supervision, are also safe enough to apply in training exactly as on the battlefield. In order to incapacitate an enemy, attacks should be directed against large joints such as the elbow, shoulder, or knee.

FM 3-25.150 Combatives

Defense can be practiced using reduced force blows. He should, therefore, never try to oppose the enemy in a direct test of strength. By using leverage, a fighter can have a greater effect on a much larger enemy. The natural progression of techniques, as presented in 25.15 manual, will instill these principles into the soldier.

Before any killing or disabling technique can be applied, the soldier must first gain and maintain one of the dominant body positions Chapter 3, Section I. A hard surface area is not appropriate for combatives training.

U.S. Army Combatives – FM

A fighter uses the parts of his body to create a natural mechanical advantage over the parts of the enemy’s body. The Army’s combatives program has been specifically designed to train the most competent fighters in the shortest possible time in the safest possible manner. The overall effect of combatives training is. Attacks on most of these joints are very painful long before causing any injury, which allows full-force training to be conducted without significant risk of injury. Supple misdirection of the enemy’s strength allows superior technique and fight strategy to overcome superior strength.


They are arranged to not only give the natural progression of techniques, but to present the more dangerous techniques after the soldiers have established a familiarity with the dynamics of combative techniques in general.

Sign In Sign Out. This will result in fewer serious injuries from the more dynamic moves. Strikes are, however, an important part of an overall fight strategy and can be very effective in manipulating the opponent into unfavorable positions. The most important safety consideration is proper supervision.

During a fight a soldier must keep his ability to think. Proficiency in hand-to-hand combat is one of the fundamental building blocks for training the modern soldier. With competence comes the understanding rm controlled aggression and the ability to remain focused while under duress. Hand-to-hand combat is an engagement between two or more persons in an empty-handed struggle or with hand-held weapons such as knives, sticks, or projectile weapons that cannot be fired.

Underlying all combatives techniques are principles the hand-to-hand fighter must apply to 52.150 defeat an opponent.