on this page courtsey of Tire Iron.
When the TL/PM make it back to where they started – the PM
then assumes his position of front security – and TL then gives the signal for the next team to cross. This signal can
be a hand/arm signal (if visibility permits) – or it can be a red-lense flashlight that has a boonie hat or something
wrapped around it to make a “cone” so only the team across the road can see it.
Note that the ATL and TEC have assumed flank security – and the #3 and #4 man are in the “go” position.
Here is a close up of the men’s positions on the “old” side of the DA.
And – the “new” side:
When the TL gives the signal – the #3 and #4 man take off.
Note that at NO TIME is there a group that is “leader-less”. The TL is part of the first group to cross
– and the ATL will be in the last group to cross. At NO TIME will there be men on either side of the DA that don’t
have leadership. This is a hallmark of the Traditional method. This way if before the whole team crosses over – and
an enemy convoy comes through – and even stops – and the men are now not able to hook up with each other –
one group still has the TL and the other group has the ATL.
Once the #3 and #4 man cross – they take up flanking
security – the TL and the PM move up to make room for them. The TL and PM are providing front security.
Now the ATL and TEC are given the come across signal – and so they cross the DA.
As they get across the DA – the #3 and #4 man “bump up” to give the ATL and TEC room to occupy.
Everyone continues in the direction of march until they come to where to the PM has stopped – here they do a
head-count to make sure no one is lost – and they will stay in a tight 360 for a bit to listen before they head out
in the direction of march.