3-21. PLACING A CASUALTY ON A LITTER USING THE THREE-MAN MODIFIED
If only three bearers are available, the following method should be used to
place a casualty on a litter.
a. Position the casualty on his back with his arms at his sides. If possible,
have the casualty clasp his hands together over his abdomen or grasp his wrist with
one hand. Place the litter nearby where it will be within reach of the leader.
b. One bearer (the leader) positions himself on one side of the casualty near
the casualty's hips and the other two bearers position themselves on the other side of
c. All bearers kneel on one knee and prepare to lift the casualty.
(1) The bearer near the casualty's feet (bearer 2) slips his arms under the
casualty's legs and thighs.
(2) The bearer near the casualty's head (bearer 3) slips his arms under the
small of the casualty's back and the casualty's shoulders.
(3) The leader (bearer 1) slips one arm under the casualty's knees and the
other arm under the casualty's back.
d. Upon command from the leader, the bearers slowly lift the casualty in unison
and place him on the raised thighs of the two bearers on the same side of the
e. Once the casualty rests securely on the thighs of bearers 2 and 3, the leader
releases his support of the casualty and moves the litter beneath the casualty
f. The leader again moves to support the casualty's knees and back.
g. Upon command from the leader, the bearers slowly lower the casualty in
unison to the litter and remove their arms from under the casualty.