FM 3 25.150 PDF

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This will result in fewer serious injuries from the more dynamic moves. Training in combatives includes hard and arduous physical training that is, at the same time, mentally demanding and carries over to other military pursuits. 25.1500 training should be conducted in an area with soft footing such as a grassy or sandy area. Balance refers 25.1550 the ability to maintain equilibrium and to remain in a stable upright position. The fighter must control the distance between himself and the enemy in order to control the fight.

Base refers to the posture that allows a soldier to gain leverage from the ground.

The exceptions are wrist attacks and twisting knee attacks. Attacks on most of these joints are very painful long before causing any injury, which allows full-force training to be conducted without significant risk of injury.

The techniques of Army combatives should be taught in the order presented in this manual. The Army’s combatives program 25.510 been specifically designed to train the most competent fighters in the shortest possible time in the safest possible manner.

More importantly, combatives training helps to instill courage and self-confidence. In order to incapacitate an enemy, attacks should be directed against large joints such as the elbow, shoulder, or knee. A soldier cannot always count on being bigger and stronger than the enemy.



Many military operations, such as peacekeeping missions or noncombatant evacuation, may restrict the use of deadly weapons. The overall effect of combatives training is. The culmination of a successful physical fitness program, enhancing individual and unit strength, flexibility, balance, and cardiorespiratory fitness.

He must not allow fear or anger to control his actions. Generally, a soldier must keep his center of gravity low and his base wide-much like a pyramid. They are arranged to not only give the natural progression of techniques, but to present the more dangerous techniques after the soldiers have established a familiarity with the dynamics of combative techniques in general.

A vital principle when fighting is to gain control of the enemy by controlling this relationship. Striking is an inefficient way to incapacitate an enemy. Striking can be practiced with various types of protective padding such as boxing gloves.


Training should be continuously focused on the realities of fighting. They are the most effective way to incapacitate an 251.50 and, with supervision, are also safe enough to apply in training exactly as on the battlefield.

Soldiers must be prepared to use different levels of force in an environment where conflict may change from low intensity to high intensity over a matter of hours. By using leverage, a fighter can have a greater effect on a much larger enemy.

During a fight a soldier must keep his ability to think. A hard surface area is not appropriate for combatives training.

FM 3-25.150 Combatives

Hand-to-hand combat is an engagement between two or more persons in an empty-handed struggle or with hand-held weapons such as knives, sticks, or projectile weapons that cannot be fired. The most important safety consideration is proper supervision.


With competence comes the understanding of controlled aggression and the ability to remain focused while under duress. Very few people have ever been killed with the bayonet or saber, but the fear of having their guts explored with cold steel in the hands of battle-maddened men has won many a fight.

Underlying all combatives techniques are principles the hand-to-hand fighter must apply to successfully defeat an opponent. If training mats are available, they should be used. Defense can be practiced using reduced force blows. Things are often going on around the tm that could have a direct impact on the outcome of the fight such as opportunity weapons or other personnel joining the fight. A fighter uses the parts of his body to create a natural mechanical advantage over the 25.15 of the enemy’s body.

Supple misdirection of the enemy’s strength allows superior technique and fight strategy to overcome superior strength.

He should, therefore, never try to oppose the enemy in a direct test of strength. Hand-to-hand combatives training will save lives when an unexpected confrontation occurs. Sign In Sign Out. Enter Your Email Address. The dm progression of techniques, as presented in this manual, will instill these principles into the soldier.