CSM weighs in
10th Mountain Command Sgt. Maj. Mario O. Terenas released a video statement regarding a viral training incident. Saying, “I want to address the recent shoot-house video that’s been circulating online. Thank you, to everyone that brought this issue to our attention. It will get fixed!”
He went on to say, the video is a few months old, and they are still figuring the situation out. This is not surprisingly considering the 1oth Mountain Division is massive. However, the CSM wanted everyone to know this was not the standard, and he will not tolerate this in his unit. Many on social media, including the Command Sgt. Maj. of the Army, applauded CSM Terenas for owning accountability, and applying direct leadership to resolve the issue.
What is all this about?
If you missed it, social media has been blazing with a startling shoot house video. At first glance, it appears to be helmet cam footage of a 10th Mountain Division unit practicing live fire room clearing. However, anyone who’s handled a weapon can tell you several things wrong with it. To view the video on Facebook, click here.
It begins with an initial breach, and engagement of targets. As soldiers move into the next room, they cross right in front of the still raised muzzles of the soldiers holding security on a door. This dangerous action of pointing your barrel at a team mate is commonly known as “flagging.”
The disregard for one of the most basic weapons handling rules alarmed many viewers. Customarily, training immediately ends if this occurs. The offender would also be counseled, or disciplined, for not lowering their weapon. This rule is instilled in troops to prevent accidental shootings of friendly forces.
Throughout the video, multiple soldiers can be seen with muzzles pointed needlessly at their backs. For those who have never had a gun pointed at them, it is nerve racking.
What is a shoot house?
A shoot house, or commonly known as a kill house, is a place where forces can practice close quarter battle or CQB. They systematically move from room to room, engaging targets with blank or live ammunition. As a result, this improves a units combat efficiency, and unit cohesion. Consequently, they are inherently dangerous because of the close proximity.
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