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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform as a member of an offensive assault team during special operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376440  Perform as a member of an offensive assault team during special operations 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Special Combat Capabilities 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for military personnel that need to tactically assault a hostile objective in an urban environment.
Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate offensive target clearance in buildings.
  • Demonstrate short-term defence of buildings.
  • Lay an ambush.
  • Apply counter ambush drills.
  • Demonstrate breaking out of encirclement.
  • Withdraw from a target.
  • Demonstrate street battle techniques.
  • Apply escape and evasion techniques in a hostile urban environment.

    It is preferred that the following unit standards be presented simultaneously with this unit standard:
  • Operate as a member of an assault team during building assaults.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Urban Operations.

    Through the application of these skills learners will enhance the capabilities of security organisations to maintain peace and security in the community. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Use firearms in military and law enforcement environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Day and night.
  • Prevailing environmental conditions. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Discuss offensive urban operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Differentiate between offensive and defensive urban operations in terms of the environment, equipment, tasks and weapons that are used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The characteristics and principles of offensive urban operations are discussed in order to determine their impact on the operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role players found in offensive urban operations are identified in order to determine their influence on the given mission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The profile of the urban soldier is discussed in terms of how it is influenced by offensive urban operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The influence of the urban population on operations is discussed in order to determine the potential risks and limit collateral damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    An offensive urban operation is explained in phases in order to demonstrate understanding of the actions that must take place in each phase. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The sequence of events that takes place during the execution of an offensive urban operation is explained in order to demonstrate situational awareness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The composition and tasks of the offensive urban force are recognised and discussed in accordance with the given mission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The urban enemy is discussed in order to determine the potential threat to the offensive urban team. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The Law Of Armed Conflict (LOAC) during offensive urban operations is discussed in order to ensure compliance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate the defence of a room in a building. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for the defence of a building during offensive urban operations are explained in order to facilitate force protection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The items in a room are assessed in order to determine their potential use as barricades or obstacles in order to provide protection to team members. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The room is prepared in order to provide maximum cover to the individual or team. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Arcs of fire are allocated to each team member to ensure maximum effective fire. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Escape and withdrawal routes are planned for and prepared in order to reposition the team. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Demonstrate the withdrawal from a building without an opposing force threat during a structured scenario in accordance with the specific operations orders or the team leader's commands. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate ambush/counter-ambush drills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The aim and principles associated with the urban ambushes are explained along with their impact on the operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The tasks of the members and groups involved in urban ambushes are demonstrated in accordance with the operations order. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The sequence of events for urban ambushes is described in order to show understanding of the team leader's intent as well as the overall situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The methods of communication identified in the operations order are explained and applied throughout a simulated tactical exercise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Personal and team weapons are applied in accordance with the operations order during a simulated tactical exercise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Drills for contingencies are explained and applied throughout in accordance with the specific operations orders or the team leader's commands. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Operational security is applied throughout the tactical exercise in order to minimise the chances of compromise and casualties to friendly forces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Immediate counter ambush actions drills are demonstrated during a simulated scenario in accordance with the specific operations orders or the team leader's commands. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate street battle drills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles applicable to street battles are discussed in order to maximise the performance of the individual and team. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles include but are not limited to speed, momentum and fire support.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Street battle drills are demonstrated throughout the range of movement directions during a structured scenario in accordance with the team leader's orders. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Movement directions include but are not limited to forward, backward and sideways.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Contingency drills are demonstrated during a structured scenario in order to minimise the risk to the individual and team. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Contingency drills include but are not limited to breaking contact, crossing obstacles and injured personnel.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against the unit standard (including through RPL) may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), or one with an appropriate memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard, or assessing this unit standard, must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when the learner is capable of selecting and preparing personal and team equipment for the given task. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during offensive assault team operations in an urban environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when using time efficiently to prepare for a specific operation or task. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. Environmental factors must be analysed continually to ensure the safe outcome of any activity. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral, written and/or signals (hand/radio) when the learner has to cooperate and communicate with the rest of the team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when applying weapons and tactics during special operations to ensure the safety of friendly forces. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78263   National Higher Certificate: Special Combat Capabilities  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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