d. Service Support. In the examples, there is no variation for normal
If there were, this is where you might discuss them.
instance, there may be a change in how you obtain medical support.
As with the service support paragraph, the
examples show normal command and signal procedures.
are covered and the location of the squad leader is given. If there were
any unusual reports to be submitted they would be noted.
For example, if
the unit SOP stated that passing reports will be submitted to the platoon,
and that was to be changed, it would be noted here. You might state that
the reports will be submitted directly to the HTD by radio.
Each member of the team should be assigned specific tasks. If the TCP
is to operate for extended periods, these tasks should be rotated.
members should be told how that rotation will be done.
When an MP team operates a TCP, the team leader provides leadership and
maintains communications. A second MP watches the flow of traffic. When
the volume of traffic begins to delay movement at the TCP, he moves to the
center of the road and directs traffic. The third MP provides security and
relieves the second MP. Because the MP in the road is an easy target for
terrorists and enemy agents, all team members must be especially alert for
All of the functions of a TCP must be considered when
While most of them can be integrated, the volume may
become such that a modification of assignments may become necessary.
PART C - ASSEMBLE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT/SUPPLIES
The operation of a TCP for an extended period of time presents unique
material and equipment requirements.
The squad leader is responsible for
ensuring that the proper amounts and types of equipment and supplies are
obtained and in place. Some of the types of equipment you might need are
discussed in the following paragraphs.
The first step in the process is to examine the mission orders to
determine what might be different about this mission.
Almost any part of
the order might affect what equipment is needed. The type of enemy threat
might affect what weapons you need in addition to your normal equipment.
The duration of the operation, or its isolated location, might affect
Some of the items of equipment that are normally required to operate a
TCP are noted in the following paragraphs. This list is not all-inclusive.
What is required for each specific TCP will vary with the situation.