side gives the greatest amount of cover. Troops who are not manning vehicle mounted weapons
dismount and fire at the aircraft. Troops should move about 10 meters away from the vehicles.
Machine gunners engage the aircraft from the pedestal mount.
d. Mines and booby traps -Mines and booby traps are often used to ambush forces. Usually a
command detonated mine signals an ambush. Mines vary in size from a few pounds to hundreds of
pounds. Unexploded bombs or artillery rounds may be planted nose up in the road.
e. Do not drive on the shoulder of the road if possible. Do not run over foreign objects, or grass on
the road. Avoid fresh earth in the road. Track the vehicle in front of you. Watch local traffic and the
reaction of those on foot. They may give indication to the locations of mines and booby traps. Tanks
and other such heavy vehicles may be deployed in front of the convoy to explode small mines.
Before leaving the elements, contact units through whose areas the convoy may pass. This is in
order to know what help is available should the enemy attack. Know the rules on the use of indirect
fires. When calling for fire support identify predetermined targets from the route recon. Coordinate with
the platoon sergeant or leader. These targets are in the area of rest stops, halts and possible ambush
sites. Request a priority for the convoy. When fire support is needed, it must not be delayed while the
fire support units try to identify those requesting the support.
Inspect security elements, vehicles, weapons, and equipment. Make sure they are ready.
a. Vehicle - First echelon maintenance should be conducted on the vehicle and all of its
equipment. This includes radios, weapons, and chemical agent alarms. MP must have enough
supplies for the operation. This includes water, rations, and ammunitions. The basic load may be less
than adequate for the mission.
b. Inspection team - This team should inspect each vehicle and help to correct problems. If these
cannot be corrected, the vehicle must be replaced. The vehicles should be assembled early enough to
allow for inspection and correction.
c. Windshields - These should be left in the UP position except certain times (during black out
procedures or if they interfere with the use of weapons). In the upright position they protect against
heavy dust and rain. They also protect from wire stretched across the road.