US Army Combatives

2-05 Training Formations


An advantage of combative training is that it can be conducted almost

anywhere with little preparation of the training area. (See Appendix A.)


Physical training formations may be used for combative training. (See FM 21-20.) If the extended rectangular formation is used, the first and third ranks should face the second and fourth ranks so that each soldier has a partner directly across from him.

a. When practicing throws or disarming techniques, soldiers need twice the normal interval between ranks. Instructors also try to pair soldiers according to height and weight.

b. A large, grassy outdoor area free of obstructions is suitable for training. Each pair of soldiers should have an 8-foot square training space. Indoor areas, such as gymnasiums, are also appropriate; however, sharp or hard weapons are not used on gymnasium floors or on mats.

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