The purpose of this manual, “Survivability (FM 5-103),” is to integrate survivability into the overall AirLand battle structure.
Survivability doctrine addresses when, where, and how fighting and protective battlefield positions are prepared for individual soldiers, troop units, vehicles, weapons, and equipment.
This manual implements survivability tactics for all branches of the combined arms teams. Battlefield survival critically depends on the quality of protection afforded by the positions.
The full spectrum of survivability encompasses planning and locating position sites, designing adequate overhead cover, analyzing terrain conditions and construction materials, selecting excavation methods, and countering the effects of direct and indirect fire weapons.
This manual is intended for engineer commanders, noncommissioned officers, and staff officers who support and advise the combined armed team, as well as combat arms commanders and staff officers who establish priorities, allocate resources, and integrate combat engineer support.
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