a. Temporary Signs.
One of the most effective ways to conserve manpower and to
facilitate traffic is the use of temporary signs.
The engineers are
responsible for permanent signs; temporary signs may be erected by the
Temporary signs are traffic signs erected to regulate the flow of
traffic along the MSR for relatively short periods of time. Military police
place temporary signs where hazards exist or where traffic must be
regulated. They use signs to guide MSR users. Convoys using guide signs
can more easily follow an MSR to their destination, even on unfamiliar
The signs show drivers the locations of detours, key units, and
facilities. They also give directions, distances, and general information,
as well as identifying routes.
MP use temporary signs as agreed upon in
STANAG 2174. Caution must be used not to violate the principles of OPSEC.
In addition to the planned use of temporary signs,
military police should be prepared to use temporary signs during special
operations as described in this lesson, and for emergency purposes.
Temporary route signs serve two purposes. They regulate traffic and
Temporary signs regulate traffic by displaying MSR
controls. Use of the signs reduces the number of MP needed along the
to provide this type of information. Mobile patrols must continually
the signs to detect tampering.
Military signs must be placed where they give adequate warning and
allow reaction time for drivers. However, the signs must not block existing
permanent signs from sight. As a general rule, the placement of temporary
signs must conform to the guidelines listed below.
b. General Direction Signs.
The general direction of a route is indicated by arrows. A straight
arrow indicates the forward direction, also called the uproute. On an axial
route, the forward, or up direction is towards the forward edge of the
battle area (FEBA).
The opposite direction on routes is indicated by a
barred arrow. Alternately, lateral MSR directions can be indicated by their
general compass directions.
The common abbreviations (N, S, NE, W for
example) are given under the route name.
c. Warning Signs.
Warning signs show drivers the correct direction to take at route
Warning signs are placed before junctions to allow drivers to
turn safely with a minimum loss of speed. Signs may be placed 50 10 100
meters before a junction on good roads that allow fast travel.