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WARFIGHTING INVENTORY TEST

Here is your chance to test your knowledge:

16. A PFC RIGHT OUT OF BOOT CAMP CAN THINK FOR HIMSELF WELL ENOUGH TO SURVIVE ON "POINT" WITHOUT SPECIAL SCREENING OR TRAINING.

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.

 

18. HOW FEW PEOPLE SHOULD BE DEPLOYED IN ANY SECURITY ROLE?

A. ONE.

B. FOUR.

C. THREE.

D. TWO.

 

19. SECURITY ELEMENTS SHOULD NOT DEPLOY OUT OF SIGHT OF THE MAIN BODY WITHOUT SOME MEANS OF COMMUNICATION, LIKE A RADIO.

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.

 

20. IF A UNIT ATTACKING A PREPARED ENEMY POSITION CANNOT MAINTAIN SOME SEMBLANCE OF SURPRISE BEFORE BREACHING THE BARBED WIRE, WHAT SHOULD IT DO?

A. FIRE AND MOVE UP TO THE BARBED WIRE AND ATTACK AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED.

B. SUPPLEMENT THE ORIGINAL PLAN WITH MORE FIRE SUPPORT.

C. SUPPLEMENT THE ORIGINAL PLAN WITH MORE PERSONNEL.

D. PULL BACK AND ATTACK FROM A DIFFERENT DIRECTION LATER (PREFERABLY AT NIGHT).

 

23. THE SQUAD LEADER CAN CONTROL HIS SQUAD MORE EFFECTIVELY IF HE DOES NOT DELEGATE LAND NAVIGATION RESPONSIBILITY TO ANYONE ELSE.

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.

 

29. IF MAGNETIC NORTH IS TO THE RIGHT OF GRID NORTH ON THE DECLINATION DIAGRAM OF A MAP, IT IS NECESSARY TO ADD THE G-M ANGLE TO CONVERT FROM MAGNETIC TO GRID AZIMUTH.

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.

 

33. WHEN PLOTTING OR READING GRID COORDINATES, THE RULE IS WHAT?

A. LEFT AND UP.

B. RIGHT AND DOWN.

C. LEFT AND DOWN.

D. RIGHT AND UP.

 

36. ONE CAN ALWAYS DETERMINE HOW FAR UP A DRAW HE HAS MOVED BY COMPARING THE SIDE DRAWS ENCOUNTERED TO THOSE ON HIS MAP.

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.

 

38. IN PATROLLING, SLOW CONTINUOUS MOVEMENT BY THE MAIN BODY PERMITS PROPER UTILIZATION OF SECURITY PERSONNEL IN EVERY SITUATION.

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.

 

40. PATROL ROUTES SHOULD BE DESIGNED AROUND "ATTACK POINTS" THAT DON’T NECESSARILY LIE ON A STRAIGHT LINE BETWEEN PATROL OBJECTIVES.

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.

 

43. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING IS FAVORABLE TERRAIN FOR MAKING ENEMY CONTACT DURING DAYTIME PATROLLING?

A. BOTTOMS OF DRAWS.

B. MILITARY CRESTS OF FINGERS.

C. TOPOGRAPHICAL CRESTS OF FINGERS.

D. FIELDS CONTAINING HEAVY CONCEALMENT BUT LIGHT COVER.

 

44. WHEN USING THE TERRAIN ASSOCIATION TECHNIQUE TO ESTABLISH ROUTES, CHECKPOINTS ARE CHOSEN BEFORE THE LEGS.

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.

 

52. WHEN A UNIT ON THE MOVE ENCOUNTERS A PREPARED ENEMY POSITION FOR THE FIRST TIME, WHAT IS THE WISEST ACTION FOR IT TO TAKE?

A. ATTACK IMMEDIATELY BY FIRE AND MOVEMENT.

B. REPORT ITS LOCATION TO HEADQUARTERS AND THEN RECOMMEND THAT THE POSITION EITHER BE BYPASSED, DEMOLISHED BY SUPPORTING ARMS, OR DELIBERATELY ATTACKED.

C. RUN A HASTY ENVELOPMENT.

D. NONE OF THE ABOVE.

 

53. AS WEAPONS HAVE BECOME MORE DEADLY, MANEUVER ELEMENTS HAVE HAD TO BECOME SMALLER IN SIZE.

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.

 

54. WHEN SURPRISE IS PARTIALLY LOST DURING A DELIBERATE ATTACK (AS IT ALMOST ALWAYS WILL BE), WHAT SHOULD BE DONE?

A. USE MORE PERSONNEL.

B. FIRE AND MOVE.

C. USE DECEPTION TO TRY TO REESTABLISH SURPRISE.

D. USE MORE FIREPOWER.

 

55. A COLORED POP-UP FLARE OR SMOKE GRENADE IS A GOOD ALTERNATE SIGNAL FROM THE ENVELOPMENT ROUTE TO SHIFT OR CEASE THE BASE OF FIRE.

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.

 

59. TO MAXIMIZE SURPRISE ON THE DAY ATTACK, WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR THE BASE OF FIRE TO OPEN UP?

A. AUTOMATICALLY, AS SOON AS THE MANEUVER FORCE HEADS UP THE ENVELOPMENT ROUTE FROM THE LINE OF DEPARTURE.

B. AUTOMATICALLY, ONLY TO COVER THE SOUND OF GUNSHOTS IN THE ENVELOPMENT ROUTE.

C. AUTOMATICALLY, AS THE ENVELOPING FORCE ASSAULTS.

D. NONE OF THE ABOVE.

 

60. TO MAXIMIZE SURPRISE IN THE DAYLIGHT ATTACK, WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR THE SUPPORTING ARMS TO OPEN UP?

A. TO COVER THE SOUNDS OF EXPLOSIONS IN THE ENVELOPMENT ROUTE.

B. AS SOON AS THE ENVELOPING FORCE LEAVES THE LINE OF DEPARTURE.

C. TO COVER THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF BREACHING BARBED WIRE.

D. EITHER OR BOTH A AND C.

 

61. IF STILL UNDISCOVERED AFTER TRANSITING THE ENEMY BARBED WIRE IN THE DAYLIGHT ATTACK, THE ASSAULTING UNIT SHOULD PROBABLY DO WHAT TO MAINTAIN SURPRISE?

A. MOVE FORWARD QUICKLY IN A RAGGED LINE USING ONLY "DOUBLE TAPS" AGAINST CONFIRMED ENEMY SOLDIERS.

B. FIRE AND MOVE.

C. MOVE FORWARD SLOWLY IN A RAGGED LINE FIRING ALL WEAPONS AT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED RATE.

D. NONE OF THE ABOVE.

 

62. WHEN FIRE SUPERIORITY IS LOST WHILE ASSAULTING INSIDE ENEMY WIRE, WHAT IS THE PROPER COURSE OF ACTION?

A. MOVE FORWARD IN A RAGGED LINE USING ONLY "DOUBLE TAPS" AGAINST CONFIRMED ENEMY SOLDIERS.

B. FIRE AND MOVE IN THE PRONE POSITION.

C. MOVE FORWARD IN A RAGGED LINE FIRING ALL WEAPONS AT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED RATE.

D. NONE OF THE ABOVE.

 

74. WHEN ESTABLISHING A DEFENSE IN RURAL TERRAIN, WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING SHOULD BE DONE AT THE SAME TIME SECURITY IS SENT OUT?

A. ENTRENCHING.

B. PREREGISTERING SUPPORTING ARMS.

C. BUILDING ALTERNATE POSITIONS.

D. BUILDING BARRIERS.

 

77. TO ADJUST AN ARTILLERY OR MORTAR ROUND, WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD BE GATHERED BEFORE THE SMOKE DISSIPATES?

A. WIND DIRECTION.

B. ON WHICH SIDE OF THE TARGET THE IMPACT IS, AND HOW MANY FINGERS FIT BETWEEN IT AND THE TARGET.

C. WHETHER IT IS LONG, SHORT, OR "CAN’T TELL" FROM THE TARGET.

D. ALL OF THE ABOVE.

 

89. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING ARE MISTAKES OFTEN MADE BY NOVICE OBSERVERS?

A. TRYING TO GET AN ADJUSTMENT ROUND EXACTLY ON THE OBSERVER-TARGET LINE BEFORE BRACKETING TO ESTABLISH RANGE.

B. TRYING TO GUESS WHETHER THE FIRST ROUND IS LONG OR SHORT, INSTEAD OF MOVING THE ROUNDS CLOSER TO THE OBSERVER-TARGET LINE BEFORE MAKING THE DETERMINATION.

C. BRACKETING TOO OFTEN.

D. BOTH A AND B.

 

94. THE FRONT SIGHT POST OF THE RIFLE ALSO FUNCTIONS AS THE FRONT SIGHT POST FOR THE QUADRANT SIGHT ON THE M203 GRENADE LAUNCHER ATTACHMENT TO THE RIFLE. 

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.

 

96. FOR ZEROING ALL WEAPONS, MOVING THE FRONT SIGHT POST WILL MOVE THE ROUND IN THE SAME DIRECTION; MOVING A REAR SIGHT POST WILL MOVE THE ROUND IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

A. TRUE.

B. FALSE.


Answers:

16-B, 18-D, 19-A, 20-D, 23-A, 29-A, 33-D, 36-B, 38-B, 40-A, 43-B, 44-B, 52-B, 53-A, 54-C, 55-B, 59-B, 60-D, 61-A, 62-B, 74-B, 77-D, 89-D, 94-B, 96-B.

What Your Score Means: 

This test was designed so that NCOs can generally make higher scores than other ranks. This was not done to demean other ranks, but merely to remind them that the bottom echelons of a military organization will always have more insight into what it takes to win small-unit engagements. The fact that the testee has no way of envisioning the precise situation the testor had in mind on tactical questions also contributes to his missing some of those questions. This test also scores the receptivity of the testee to a completely different way of looking at the world than is traditional in the U.S. military. To do well in combat against an Asian or Eastern European opponent, a professional soldier of any rank should continue to study warfare until he can score 80 percent or above on this test.

 

Origin of the test:

These are the hardest questions on the inventory test at the end of The Last Hundred Yards. Roughly 3000 military professionals have already had the opportunity to scrutinize the answers. See how you compare to other small unit leaders.