The number of personnel available will influence how
many may be selected for TCP duties. You must also consider what equipment
(5) Time. The length of time that the TCP must be operational will
also affect how many personnel are needed.
Additional personnel may be
required if the TCP is to be operated for extended periods.
will be operating all day and all night, or only part of the time, must also
b. Determine Number Required
The number of MP required to man a TCP will vary, based on the above
factors. Once you have evaluated those factors, you can then determine how
many MP will be required. A TCP is normally manned by one MP team of three
The factors of METT-T may require that additional personnel be
assigned. Additional MP should be assigned on a team basis; this preserves
c. Determine Availability
You must review several factors to determine how many MP may be
available to perform TCP duties.
perform many missions in the area of operations. All of these demands will
be competing for the available manpower.
The strength of the unit is a primary factor of consideration. The
unit may or may not be at full strength. In some cases, it may have been
Another factor to consider is the missions already being
performed by the unit.
Each of them will also be making demands on unit
How the unit is operating will also affect manpower
If the unit is operating its own cantonment area, it
increases demands on the unit for security and housekeeping, as opposed to
being stationed with other units, where these tasks can be shared.
Consideration of these factors will determine the number of MP not assigned
to other operations. If there are an insufficient number to man the TCP,
you must then recommend to the commander how to distribute the personnel
that are available.
In other words, the missions must be prioritized and
resources distributed accordingly.
TCP Location Selection.
The proper location of a TCP is critical to the successful control of
traffic in the area of operations, as well as the safety and security of the
personnel operating it.
The initial location of the TCP will have been
specified in the traffic control plan.