In the previous post in this series we examined how to enter buildings with a team. Now we will look at how to clear rooms inside of those buildings.
Start with a two man or more room clearing team. Enter the room from the same side of the door.
The first decision you will have to make is whether you will recon the room or go straight to entering it. Often times the combat situation will dictate whether you will have time to recon a room or not. Be aware that if you recon a room in advance you may jeopardize the element of surprise. Surprise is vital to staying alive in a CQB operation.
One of the best methods of entering a room is the opposite corners method. The first man into the room, also known as the “point” man (red), preforms the “button hook” upon entering. The second man (blue) enters and heads for the far corner of the room opposite of the direction the point man has button hooked to. This will allow both of you to quickly locate enemies and engage them.
After both team members have reached a corner the point man will walk around the perimeter searching for enemies as he goes.
After the point man reaches his teammate they both walk back to the entrance of the room and the second man becomes the new point man.
This method can be adapted to suit the room shape/size or the combat situation. Several things to keep in mind is that surprise, speed, and teamwork are your allies in CQB room clearing. Always stay one step ahead of your enemy, use cover, stay at the ready, and work as a team.
In the next post in this series we will take a look at some gear and equipment that will make your CQB missions more enjoyable and make you more effective.