Grenade training and qualification

[♪techno music playing♪] [gun firing] Dating back to the Byzantine Empire, grenades have played an important role on the battlefield. Army Sergeant Josiah Pugh takes us to a range where modern troops train on an effective weapon system. It’s well below freezing on this winter’s day at California Range near the Demilitarized Zone. Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, Comanche Troop are practicing before they qualify on the grenade. It’s the last day in a week of training on qualifying on a variety of weapons systems. Sergeant 1st Class Jeremy Daniel explains why the training is so crucial for his soldiers. From the next duty station, they might find themselves down range–Iraq or Afghanistan. And if you’re not proficient with your weapon, you’re no longer effective on the battlefield. While moving down the 6 stations needed to qualify– –every soldier on this range must keep a few vital things in mind– –proper grip, thumb to clip, twist and pull the pin, and then launch the grenade towards their target. It’s all good advice to keep troops safe. [soldier shouting] Wow. If you learn how to throw a grenade, you could save many of your fellow troops. That’s exactly what this training is for. Sergeant 1st Class Daniel hopes the training will help his troops harness the awesome destructive power. And I hope just when they go to their next duty station or the next environment where we’re handling our weapons– –that there’s no longer the element of surprise, that they’re extremely comfortable and proficient. [soldiers shouting] Those who qualify get the opportunity to throw a live fragmentation grenade. [♪techno music playing♪] That’s the Army Today from Soldiers Radio and Television in Washington. For more on this and other stories, visit the Army’s homepage at [♪techno music playing♪]

14 thoughts on “Grenade training and qualification

  1. It can happen if you are poorly trained and panicked, but many modern countries, like the US, the soldiers are drilled and put through simulations several times on the firing range or grenade range, or in fake missions using non lethal chalk or paint bullets in real guns and actors or volunteers portraying as the enemy, so when on the battlefield, as long as you remember your training, you can maintain discipline and stay organized, so it is extremely unlikely to forget to pull the pin.

  2. Sorry to say guy privates in the army… grenades were hardly used in afghanistan… we had them but didnt use them often… its all about the M4 CQB Biatches……

  3. man does the army seems like a lonely life. sort of like the football field in high school, in wintertime, if you lived there while all the other students had the environment of the high school classrooms and mingling with each other while you just ran drills in the barren grass with your eleven other comrades.

  4. @swansandtyphus Anything can happen under battlefield stress. Some grenades, like the M67 "Baseball" used by the Americans and the Canadians, actually have a second "jungle clip" that keeps the spoon from leaving the body of the grenade if the pin is pulled. It was called a jungle clip due to it's use in Vietnam, where grenades were either carried in pouches or hung by their spoons. Some soldiers remove the jungle clip before entering combat, but if not, it's an extra step compared to others.

  5. why are american soldiers deployed all over the world?????????

    we shouldn't be training in korea…
    we shouldn't be fighting in afghanistan or iraq!

    The troops should be at home! defending this country!

  6. My dad recalled his time in a military school training with grenades. After almost a MONTH of training in a foxhole, time came for the test. Some idiot in his platoon dropped a LIVE one by accident and damn near blew everyone up. I guess some people just aren't cut for life in the military.

  7. @5hiThAppEnS2 They did this in the past because you used to hang grenades from your webbing which left the possibility of the pin getting snagged on something and blowing up on your person. We now carry grenades in our pouches so taping is not necessary…

  8. @GetSum63 ohhhh ok, so the duct tape just covered the pin because otherwise you cant pull the pin right?

  9. "According to Major General Malcolm Frost, “The U.S. Army will drop its hand grenade competency requirement for graduation from basic training because getting recruits to pass it is taking ‘too much time’ and they’re just not strong enough.”….
    Hahahahaha God the army (and now even the Marines) are pathetic now. HEY, you just need more women in combat MOS's! Hahahaha no wonder we are getting our asses kicked in Afghanistan by sandal wearing Hajis lol.

  10. I love the addition of the confidence clip. It really goes a long way in keeping the pin from accidentally being yanked from the grenade.

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