DA Form 5517 "Standard Range Card"

What Is DA Form 5517?

DA Form 5517, Standard Range Card, is an application developed by the U.S. Department of the Army. The purpose of the document is to help in planning and controlling fires and helping squad gunners and their crew reach their targets when visibility is limited. It is presented as a sketch of a certain sector that will be covered with direct fire.

DA Form 5517 was last revised on February 1, 2016. Before this revision, the form was known as DA Form 5517-R. A DA Form 5517 Range Card template is available for download below.

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DA Form 5517 Instructions

In order to understand how to fill out the document, an applicant is required to see Field Manual 3-21.71, Mechanized Infantry Platoon And Squad (Bradley). It contains thorough instructions on what is supposed to be included in the sketch:

  • Sectors of fire;
  • Target reference points;
  • Dead space;
  • Maximum engagement line;
  • Weapons reference point.

After a gunner has finished with the sketch, they are supposed to fill out the data sections, such as (but not limited to):

  • Unit Description. This includes bumper number, platoon, company, etc;
  • Magnetic North. In this section, a gunner is supposed to orient the Standard Range Card with the terrain and draw the direction of the magnetic north arrow;
  • Position Identification. Here a gunner is supposed to list whether it is an alternate, primary, or supplementary position;
  • Date. The date when the range card was completed;
  • Weapon. In this line a gunner must state the vehicle type and bumper number;
  • Each circle equals "____" meters. An applicant must state the distance between circles;
  • Elevation. A gunner must show the gun elevation reading in tens or hundreds of miles;
  • Ammunition. An applicant enters the types of ammunition used;
  • Description. A filer must use this section to indicate the name of the object (for example farmhouse, wood line, hilltop, etc.).
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STANDARD RANGE CARD
For use of this form see ATP 3-21.8; the proponent agency is TRADOC.
SQD
PLT
May be used for all types of direct fire weapons.
MAGNETIC
NORTH
CO
DATA SECTION
POSITION IDENTIFICATION
DATE
WEAPON
EACH CIRCLE EQUALS
METERS
DIRECTION/
NO.
ELEVATION
RANGE
AMMO
DESCRIPTION
DEFLECTION
REMARKS:
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.
APD LC v1.00
DA FORM 5517, FEB 2016
STANDARD RANGE CARD
For use of this form see ATP 3-21.8; the proponent agency is TRADOC.
SQD
PLT
May be used for all types of direct fire weapons.
MAGNETIC
NORTH
CO
DATA SECTION
POSITION IDENTIFICATION
DATE
WEAPON
EACH CIRCLE EQUALS
METERS
DIRECTION/
NO.
ELEVATION
RANGE
AMMO
DESCRIPTION
DEFLECTION
REMARKS:
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.
APD LC v1.00
DA FORM 5517, FEB 2016