The security element for a convoy can range from one team to several teams. The security element
leader may be a squad leader or a team leader. In unusual cases it may even be the platoon leader.
Whenever possible, three MP teams are used to provide convoy security. The three teams become the
scout, the lead, and the trail teams. An alternate leader is designated as well. The security element
leader makes sure that everyone understands the mission.
Each team participating in a convoy security operation is inspected for equipment and individual
readiness. Night vision devices and other items, including vehicles, are checked for serviceability.
Teams have signal operating instructions (SOI) that contain the necessary information for the
movement. This may necessitate a special SOI for the operation. The various convoy command nets
as well as supporting artillery, gunships, and medical support must be included. The unit SOP should
specify the equipment required for convoy operations. Pyrotechnic signaling devices must also be
After the security element leader receives the mission, he begins his troop leading steps. His team
leaders are briefed on the mission to include its purpose, start and release points and times, and other
After issuing warning orders, the security element leader should conduct a hasty route reconnaissance
of the route to be traveled; when it is impractical because of time or other constraints, a map
reconnaissance is conducted. When time is a critical factor, consideration should be given to
conducting an aerial reconnaissance of the route.
However, whenever possible, a ground
reconnaissance should be made. Subcourse MP 1028 discuses such reconnaissance in depth. The
following paragraphs will review that information with an emphasis on special considerations for convoy
There are certain areas to which particular attention must be paid during a reconnaissance for a convoy
escort mission. Areas that offer good cover and concealment for the attacking force, but little for the
convoy, should be identified. Some other areas of special concern are as follows:
Places where the convoy will be slowed down and/or bunched up, such as a steep hill.
Places where parts of the convoy may lose sight of one another. This would include sharp
curves or cuts.
Locations where the road is easily blocked and by-pass is difficult.
Areas where enemy activity has been reported.
Areas where communications may be difficult due to terrain (i.e., dead space).