(c) Ensures 120‑foot rope is coiled.
d. Execution Phase:
(1) Steps for the establishment and conduct of bridge stream crossing.
(a) Unit leader halts short of the river, local security is established, and a recon is conducted of the area for the presence of the enemy and for crossing site suitability/ necessity. He directs the BTC to construct the bridge.
(b) Security is established up and downstream while unit leader briefs BTC on anchor points. The unit leader counts individuals across.
(c) The bridge team begins to establish the rope bridge while unit members begin individual preparation.
(d) The BTC selects the near side anchor point as well as the far side anchor point if visibility permits. He will tie a swimmer’s safety line to anchor himself into the bridge. Tying a bowline around the waist secured with an overhand knot, and on the free running end, an end of line bowline with an overhand knot. A snap link will be placed on the loop portion of the end of line bowline, which will extend no further than arms length away from the soldier (standard waterborne uniform). This will ensure that the soldier is never more than arms length away from the rope bridge should he lose his grip.
(e) Noise and light discipline is enforced and security is maintained.
(f) Individual soldiers put a snaplink in their end‑of‑the rope bowline and the sight blade of every M‑4/M16. M240 gunners put a snaplink through the front sight blade and rear swivel of their M240 MG. RATELOS (and others with heavy rucksacks) place an additional snaplink on their rucksack frame, top center.
(2) The responsibilities of the bridge team while erecting the rope bridge are as follows:
(a) Number 1 man (Lead safety swimmer and far side lifeguard).
Grounds rucksack (with snaplink through top of frame) to the rear of the near side anchor point. Wears equipment in the following order (body out): Waterborne Uniform (top button buttoned, pants unbloused), B7 life preserver‑or engineer work vest, LCE, weapon (across the back), carrying a safety line to assume duties of far side lifeguard.
The Number 1 man enters the water upstream from the Number 2 man and stays an arms length away from the Number 2 man on the upstream side. He identifies the far side anchor point upon exiting the water and once the Number 2 man has exited the water moves to his far side lifeguard position downstream of the rope bridge with knotted safety line on wrist, LCE/weapon grounded, and work vest held in throwing hand. He continues to wear the B7.
(b) Number 2 man (rope puller) in waterborne uniform (same as Number 1 man) wears his equipment in the following order, Work vest, LCE, weapon (across the back), Australian rappel seat with snaplink to the rear. He grounds his rucksack (with snaplink through top of frame) to the rear of the near side anchor point. His duties are to swim across the water obstacle pulling the rope. He ties off the rope on the anchor point identified by the Number 1 man with a round turn and two half hitches with a quick release. The direction of the round turn is the same direction as the flow of water (current) to facilitate exit off the rope bridge.
(c) Number 3 man (near side lifeguard) in the same waterborne uniform as the far side lifeguard. The Number 3 man positions himself on the downstream side of the bridge before the number 1 and 2 men enter the water, grounding his rucksack