Military Tactical Maneuvers: Individual
Movement Techniques (IMTs)
Small Group Movements
Remember, this is a military tactic… movement often is
paired with suppressive fire.
• This principle is called “fire and movement” and this is the
• Also known as leap-frogging if done multiple times
Fire and Movement
Basic Steps of Fire and Movement:
• You provide suppressive fire at an enemy.
• Another group or pair advances to close in on the target.
• Then they provide suppressive fire at the enemy
• Then you advance toward the target.
• One of the most common IMTs
is taking cover.
• It doesn’t matter where the
danger is coming from, many
times you will attempt cover.
• Cover = Invisibility and
Shielding (dirt bank)
• Concealment = Only being
hidden (bathroom door)
You Encounter a Flank Attack
What if you get fired on from an enemy flank?
• You may decide to immediately dive behind cover.
• Using suppressive fire, everyone scatters
• This is a strategic placement, so you have multiple attack
• Everyone is now in place, now they look to you for direction.
The Benefits of Individual
• They benefit any squad, platoon, group, or pair
• They put you immediately in safe defensive or offensive
• Something happens
• Everyone takes a predictable and beneficial action
• Now the “leader” can quickly assess the situation
• Follow up actions can then be taken based on circumstances