FIBUAFighting In Built Up Areas
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This is a building within the fibua with a wall missing to enable military instructors to train soldiers in house clearances by moving from room to room.
Mr Pearson was asked for his ideas on possible venues and suggested the fibua because he thought it would be interesting to stage a show in a place unidentified on maps.
FIBUA is time-consuming and costly in manpower, especially among the infantrymen upon whom the burden falls not only of enduring the enemy's fire but also having to fight in mined or booby-trapped buildings.
For these reasons, the British and American armies are reluctant to become engaged in FIBUA, which Saddam intends to take full advantage.
But our troops' excellent training will overcome the hazards of FIBUA.
FIBUA is hard and bloody soldiering and let us hope that our troops do as little of it as possible in this war.
Colonel Brough concedes that "changing the Reserves' role is, to say the least, problematic." However, he believes that assigning FIBUA training to the Militia would contribute to army unity by setting out a defined and complementary role to the Regular force, allowing the latter to concentrate on mechanized warfare training or to "park the LAV IIIs and focus on `exciting' basic soldier skills."
As most Reserve units are centred in urban areas while the Regular force is forced by the availability of training space to more rural locations, FIBUA training, according to Brough, would not require much of a transition and would fit in nicely with the Militia's "presence in the community and domestic response roles." Moreover, citing the obvious, he notes that FIBUA training sites are "relatively easy to construct in urban locations" and uses the example of Vancouver, where Militia units must drive four or five hours to Fort Lewis, Washington, the nearest manoeuvre training area.
Throw in some first aid, heavy weapons training, Fighting In a Built Up Area (FIBUA), rappelling, amphibious landings, etc.
In order to garner the maximum benefit during URBAN RAM, many of the militia units had done work up training in Washington at the Fort Lewis FIBUA training site, dubbed Regansberg.