1. Difference in Route and Road Recon.
a. Route: The recon of the entire route from start point (SP) to release point (RP).
b. Road recon: A recon of a small portion of the overall route.
2. Select Recon Team.
This is generally a three-person team; senior MP (E5), driver, and radio operator. Team members are
assigned other tasks necessary for the mission in addition to their regular task. When a recon patrol
consists of one mobile patrol team, the team acts as both the recon and the security element.
a. Team leader: Provides control, maintains communication, and records recon data.
b. Team member #1: Operates the vehicle.
c. Team member #2: Provides security and is the alternate driver.
3. Determine the Equipment Needed.
In addition to the standard combat load of equipment specified in the SOP, the recon team must
a. Detailed maps of the area to be reconnoitered. This helps to locate critical points and speed the
b. Lensatic compass to plot key terrain features on the overlay.
c. Fifty foot measuring tape used to measure road widths and features at bridges, tunnels, and
other places along the route, if available.
d. Overlay material on which to plot route information.
4. Brief the Team Members.
a. Route to be reconnoitered. Identify and locate the route.
b. Information to be obtained from the recon. Driving time and distance between easily recognized
points. Road surface material and types of obstructions and restrictions, etc.
c. Reporting of enemy/friendly units in the area. Note location and type of possible ambush sites:
terrain where enemy fire could stop movement on the route. Identify natural defense, counterambush,
or assembly locations, places where route users can receive emergency help; petroleum, oil, and
lubrication (POL); ordnance resupply points; vehicle recover; etc.