b. Enemy Situation. The information about the enemy that you receive
will directly affect how security, and your operation, are conducted. For
example, there may be enemy guerrillas operating in the area, dressed as
friendly military personnel.
The actions to take would be different from
those you would take if you were operating in an environment where the major
threat was from an armor breakthrough.
c. Personnel Assigned.
Good leadership techniques mandate that unit
integrity be preserved whenever possible. However, a specific operation may
be of such a nature that this may not be possible. You will be told if you
have personnel beyond your squad, or if you are required to detail some of
your people elsewhere.
d. Number of Vehicles Required. There may be occasions when more than
the normally assigned vehicles are to be used.
It may also be that the
opposite will be the case.
e. Length of TCP Operation.
This is a vital piece of information.
When assigned TCP duty, MP keep it in operation until told otherwise. If
you are told that the TCP is going to be in operation for an extended period
of time, it allows you to anticipate both personnel and supply requirements.
Provisions must be made for rest, food, water, and shelter.
not already contained in the unit SOP, you
will be told what reports must be
submitted and when. They may include the
reports discussed in lesson 1,
There may also
be special reports that are required for
this specific operation.
g. Traffic Priorities and Movement Schedules.
Ensuring that traffic
flows smoothly and in accordance with the commander's priorities is one of
the primary functions of a TCP. If you are to enforce those priorities, you
must know what they are.
All highway movements are based on the commander's announced
priorities. There are certain principles that almost always apply. Unless
the HTD has stated otherwise, these principles should be followed.
general, traffic moving forward has priority over traffic moving to the
Forward moving, loaded vehicles have priority over other vehicles
moving in any direction. In more specific terms:
Emergency movement of combat forces will receive the highest
These are tactical, combat-ready forces.
might be a tank company moving to reinforce an infantry battalion
that is under attack.
The next highest priority is the emergency supply of combat
forces. Such supplies will normally be ammunition, fuel or
The forward movement of emergency medical supplies receives the