3rd Company Combat Engineering Site 16
West Point cadets assigned to 3rd Company of Cadet Field Training participated in the Combat Engineering portion of their training, July 12, at West Point N.Y.The breaching evolution of the engineer site is designed to teach cadets different methods of breaching and entering buildings. The three methods taught include explosive, ballistic, and mechanical. At the explosives site, charges are placed on doors and detonated to provide entry. The ballistic site entails using two shotgun rounds followed by a kick to the door in order to complete a successful breach. Finally, the mechanical site involves the use of a hand-held battering ram. Photo by Tommy Gilligan/West Point Public Affairs.