ESTABLISH AND SUPERVISE A TRAFFIC CONTROL POST
Critical Task: 191-377-4202
In this lesson you will learn to establish and supervise a traffic control post, to include carefully studying
the mission, briefing your personnel, assigning tasks to squad members, and ensuring that you have
the needed rations and equipment.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Establish and supervise a traffic control post.
You will have this subcourse, pencil and paper.
To demonstrate competency on this task you must achieve a minimum score of 70
percent on the final subcourse examination.
The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following publications: FM
19-1 and FM 19-4.
One of the main battlefield missions of the military police (MP) is battlefield circulation control. This is
to meet changes in tactical situations and route conditions. In a battle there is great need for such
control. Enemy forces interdicting the main supply routes (MSRs) disrupt movement. This creates a
need for extensive rerouting. One of the basic control measures is the traffic control post (TCP). The
responsibility for the TCP is that of the squad/team leader. You must know and be able to set up and
maintain a TCP.
1. Traffic Control Post.
a. MP personnel set up a TCP at critical points on main supply routes to control movement of
vehicles and personnel. The exact place where to put the TCP will be given to you by the provost
marshal (PM) operations section. At times it may be necessary to set up a TCP that is not called for by
the plan; i.e., congestion on an MSR at a junction. The number of MP and the types of weapons
needed to man the TCP are based on mission, enemy, terrain, troops, and time (METT-T).