each is assigned one of the three functions.
Once the teams have been
selected, make sure that they have the proper equipment.
The members of the patrol will carry their
standard combat load as prescribed in unit SOP.
For a recon, other
additional items are needed. These will vary based on your analysis of the
mission. The following items are almost always required:
Tape measures to determine distances
vertical clearances, and curve radii.
Colored pencils/crayons to indicate terrain features.
should be the standard colors listed in FM 21-30.
NBC monitoring equipment may be required.
Checklist of the information needed.
(See Figure 1-8.)
FM 19-4, Appendix A.
When available, Field Manuals such as 21-30, 21-31, and 101-5-
1 can prove to be of great value.
This is a sampling of some of the more common items that
you will need in addition to the normal combat equipment.
analysis may indicate other items that may be needed as well. For example,
you may want to modify the basic load of ammunition and the types of weapons
to be carried. You must also be prepared to improvise when some of these
items are not available. Figure 1-8 is a sample checklist.
(3) Tactics. The final step in the process is to determine the
appropriate tactics to be used for security. The tactics used will depend
mainly on what type of contact with the enemy can be expected. When enemy
contact is possible, the patrol uses traveling overwatch (Figure 1-9). When
enemy contact is expected, bounding overwatch is used (Figure 1-10).