At the least, the
information listed below should be recorded:
Number, rank, name, and nationality.
Whether armed or not.
Where and when found.
Where straggler was coming from.
Where the straggler was going.
Why and when the straggler left his unit.
Where the MP sent the straggler.
Additional information as the situation warrants.
Straggler reports are prepared and submitted in accordance with the
Normally, they are collected daily.
The straggler's unit
commander may wish to receive a copy of the report or may wish to discuss
the circumstances at a later date with the MP involved.
Straggler Control Posts.
Depending on the situation, the PM may determine that it is necessary
to establish separate straggler posts and/or collecting points.
usually the case when large numbers of stragglers are anticipated, due to
certain types of combat operations.
A straggler post is usually operated by an MP team.
The team leader
One MP provides security and the
other checks the identity of military personnel and directs them to the
The MP team should have the same equipment used to
operate a TCP. The actions taken upon arrival at a post are the same as for
The PM operations section plans the location of straggler posts on
likely routes of straggler flow.
They may be connected by mobile patrols
forming straggler control lines.
The team leader selects a place where
vehicles cannot easily turn around to avoid the post. It should also be a
location where there is space for a small holding area, so traffic is not
delayed. The team leader designates positions for each man at the site. He
chooses a good fighting position for the automatic weapon and places himself