enemy is active in the area.
The air element helps locate the enemy and
provide warning and support to the ground element.
Whichever method is employed, the key to success in a recon mission is
planning and preparation.
Most of the problems that may be met when
conducting the recon can be eliminated through careful planning.
planning prevents poor performance.
The first step in planning is to
analyze the mission order.
The mission order should follow the format of a field order. If
any part of it is not provided or understood, the patrol leader should seek
that information from the person issuing the order.
Examine the information given on friendly and
located near it, they can be a source of valuable information.
also be able to come to your assistance should your patrol come under
attack. Information about the enemy is also important. It will determine
the maneuver techniques you will use to conduct the patrol.
information may also cause you to select different weapons or additional
This paragraph will contain a clear, concise
statement of the task or tasks to be accomplished. It is based on the order
from the next higher headquarters. This part of the order will tell who is
to do it; what you are to do; when to do it; where to do it; and why you are
This part of the order will provide you with
information on how to proceed. It is here also that you will be told what
method will be used to conduct the patrol.
Special tasks may also be
Each team will be told what task it is to perform and how the
team will do it. If there are special intelligence requirements, they will
be included in this part of the order.
The rules of engagement for the
patrol will be specified.
Additionally, the order will tell you what
actions to take if the patrol has contact with the enemy.
(4) Service Support.
In this section you will be told what
support is available. Often it may only state that the current SOP is in
There may, however, for example be restrictions on the type of
You will also be told what medical support may be
available and how to obtain it.
effect, or if special frequencies and call signs have been set aside for
this mission. It will also tell you where, when, and what kind of reports