b. Inter-area Movements
Inter-area movements are those which begin in one area and end in
another. Inter-area movements are coordinated between all the HTD involved.
The HTD in the area where the movement starts grants the movement credit and
assigns the movement number.
A round-trip that is finished in 24 hours or less is treated as
one movement. If the round-trip takes more than 24 hours, it is
treated as two different movements.
A movement in one direction, no matter how long it takes, is
treated as a single movement. It keeps the same movement number.
When a column is so large that it must be broken into march
units, the march units are identified by adding a letter at the
end of the movement number.
For example, convoy 03-TUV-01 may
become 03-TUV-01A and 03-TUV-01B.
Approved schedules and movement numbers are provided the HRPT and
the provost marshal so that highway regulation and traffic
control can be provided.
PART B - PLAN AND ESTABLISH A TRAFFIC CONTROL POST
Battlefield circulation control (BCC) is a major mission for MP. BCC
ensures combat troops, equipment, and supplies move with as little
support must be flexible in BCC.
Both tactical situations and route
conditions may change quickly. The need for such control on the battlefield
Enemy forces may interdict the MSR.
This creates confusion
and disrupts movement.
Extensive rerouting may be required.
disoriented soldiers must be controlled and returned to their units.
Refugees and abandoned civilian vehicles may clog MSRs.
This causes the
movement of combat forces to be slowed.
The changing nature of the
battlefield requires that information be provided friendly forces quickly.
MP leaders must be able to plan and supervise BCC operations.
must be able to reconnoiter routes, enforce MSR regulations, control
refugees and stragglers, and collect/provide information. In addition, they
must be able to support river crossing operations. They use a combination
of BCC and other MP missions to accomplish this.
This lesson will deal with the task of planning to support BCC by the
establishment of TCPs.
Proper planning is critical to the operation of
TCPs in the wrong location, without the proper personnel and
equipment, are worse than no TCPs at all.
The following paragraphs will
outline the procedures for planning TCP operations.