i. RSTA Devices. Battlefield and climatic conditions may require that
the TCP be equipped with various night vision equipment.
conditions other than darkness that limit visibility.
Dust and smoke may
limit visibility, as well as rain, fog, and snow. Many of these conditions
to increase their effectiveness.
Four types of supplies must normally be considered.
ammunition, fuel, rations, and water. Arrangements must be made for their
resupply well before they run out. This will normally be provided for in
unit SOP. The SOP will normally provide procedures to be used for emergency
Consideration must be given to the anticipated length of the
operations and the distance from the parent unit in determining quantities
of supplies required.
A leader's last action before an operation is an inspection. Allowing
ample time for his men to correct problems, he inspects his men and their
equipment to ensure their readiness. He will inspect such items as rations,
water, weapons, ammunition, individual uniforms and equipment, camouflage,
and other mission-essential equipment. Test firing of weapons is normally
prescribed in the unit SOP.
You must ensure that your men have everything they need for a mission,
and that it is in working order. Leaders ask questions to find out if their
men know their duties.
They check to see if their people have only
necessary equipment and are wearing it properly and securely.
PART D - ACTION UPON ARRIVAL AT TCP
Determining .and taking the proper actions when first arriving at the
designated TCP is crucial to the subsequent efficient establishment of the
The first step in establishing a TCP is to set up your security. The
machinegun is then placed in a fighting position where it provides the
maximum defensive support.
It may be dismounted or remain mounted,
depending on the situation.
Other fighting positions are established to
protect the position and ensure interlocking fires.
All positions should
take maximum advantage of available cover and concealment. The area should
be reconnoitered for enemy presence, as required by the situation.