PLAN AND CONDUCT STRAGGLER AND REFUGEE CONTROL OPERATIONS
In this lesson
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Plan the control of stragglers and refugees.
You will have this subcourse, paper and pencil.
To demonstrate competency of this task you must achieve
minimum score of 70 percent on the subcourse examination.
The material contained in this lesson was derived from the
following publications: FM 19-1 and FM 19-4.
Contingency plans should be made for hauling and control of refugees and
stragglers. During conventional warfare or in a nuclear environment, this
can become a severe problem.
Mass movements will normally take place on
natural lines of drift, which are usually the MSR. Masses of refugees tend
to obstruct the flow of traffic, which increases the importance of the MP
mission to keep the roads open. Control and screening of refugees (who are
sometimes used to insert enemy agents) requires a close coordinated effort
with the G2/S2, the supporting military intelligence unit, and the military
Stragglers are the general staff responsibility of the G1 and refugees of
the G5. Straggler control operations (STANAG 2067) are undertaken by MP to
return to military control any military personnel separated from their
commands. In a combat environment, unit strength must be kept as high as
Unauthorized absences must be controlled. In the airland battle, with the
integration of NBC weapons, significant numbers of friendly forces will be
lost, wounded, dazed, injured, suffer combat fatigue, and be separated from
their parent unit. MP help commanders maintain combat strength by locating
and returning stragglers to military control.
Refugee control operations
are used to assist, direct, or deny the movement of civilians whose