U.S. Army Guide: What Should You do if You Spot an IED/VBIED/SVBIED/PBIED?

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • 36 pages
  • For Official Use Only
  • August 25, 2005


Reacting to an IED while Vehicle Mounted

• Alert the vehicle commander and elements of the convoy of the possible IED/VBIED and its location using the 3 Ds (distance, direction, description).

• If stopping the vehicle puts it within the estimated casualty radius of the possible IED/VBIED, the driver should speed up and quickly move through the danger area to a tactically safe position and distance (the minimum safe distance is dependent on the mission, enemy, terrain and weather, troops and support available, time available, and civil considerations [METT-TC] factors).

• If it is possible to stop the vehicle before getting within the
estimated casualty radius of the IED/VBIED, the driver should
be prepared to immediately back away from the possible
IED/VBIED and place the vehicle in a tactically safe position
and distance or as leadership directs (the minimum safe
distance is dependent on METT-TC factors).

• Establish security, and scan for possible secondary
IEDs/VBIEDs using the 5/25 meter checks.

• Report the possible static IED/VBIED and any
secondary suspected IEDs/VBIEDs to the patrol
leadership using the EH spot report.

• Immediately scan the area for signs of enemy
activity (such as an impending ambush, a
triggerman, a cameraman, or a sniper). IEDs/VBIEDs
are often used to initiate complex attacks.

• Follow the vehicle commander’s directions, and do
not use radio communications equipment within
300 meters of the suspected IED/VBIED.

9-Line Explosive Hazard (EH) Spot Report

Line 1: Date time group discovered: (Command policy will dictate Local or Zulu
Line 2: Reporting activity: (UIC / Unit Designation), Location (8-digit grid –
Include landmarks and reference points)
Line 3: Contact Method: (Radio Freq / Call Sign or Telephone number If using
telephone number provide point of contact)
Line 4: Type of Munition: (Dropped, Projected, Placed or Thrown)
Line 5: NBC Contamination: Yes or No, known or suspected NBC
contamination. If Yes, report type of agent if known / identified.
Line 6: Resource Threatened: (What resource is threatened – is it a critical
Line 7: Impact on Mission: (How the UXO is affecting the mission)
Line 8: Protective Measures Taken: (Unit emplaced protective measures)
Line 9: Recommended Priority: (Immediate, Indirect, Minor, or No Threat).

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