Functions. Although a dismount point may perform any combination of the above functions, its main
purpose is to control military movement in the area of the CP. MP stop military vehicles and allow
passengers to dismount. They direct the vehicle driver to the parking area. (See Figure 1-4.) MP
ensure that lights are used only as necessary, that noise discipline is maintained, and that camouflage
techniques are used. These items must be included in the standing operating procedure (SOP) and/or
in guard orders.
Civilian traffic and refugees are prevented from entering the area at the dismount point. They are
directed to alternate routes. Stragglers are given directions, placed in medical channels, or detained, in
accordance with the SOP.
Information may be provided to authorized persons entering the CP area. This must be done with care
and courtesy. The SOP/guard orders must specify identification procedures as well as authorization.
Normally an access list is not used at a dismount point. However, a system of passwords may be in
effect. Specific requirements will vary with the situation. You must ensure that your personnel have
received the proper instructions; this means that you must take positive action to obtain them if they are
Military police provide directions to those needing them. They also explain the procedures for access
to and movement within the CP. Information pertaining to the location of other facilities may be given.
Personnel manning the dismount point must always be alert to attempted enemy penetration.
Information obtained or observed about the enemy must be passed to the platoon headquarters.
Personnel must be ready to engage enemy forces according to the rules of engagement. Attempted
infiltration is always a threat; enemy agents may attempt to penetrate the CP while posing as friendly
and/or U.S. personnel. This may require that packages, briefcases, and vehicle loads be inspected.
These measures, and others of a similar nature, will be determined by the officer in charge of overall
security for the CP. It is an item that the platoon leader/sergeant must coordinate closely with the
headquarters commandant and PM.
Physical Layout. A dismount point is usually established on or just outside the perimeter of the
protected area. It must have space to stop vehicles to allow passengers to dismount. There must also
be a parking area, located so that it is accessible from a road. The location must be one that can be
found easily by drivers.
Although the dismount point should be easily found by drivers, it must not be readily identifiable to the
enemy. It should be concealed, and preferably also covered. Natural terrain features or an enclosed
structure are factors that should be considered. It must not violate good OPSEC procedures.
The parking area is set up on fairly level ground with a firm surface. This might be a grassy area or one
with paved surface. Dirt covered areas should be avoided; in dry weather they create a dust cloud and
in wet weather become muddy. Such a surface also allows vehicles to leave tracks. This makes the
area more easily identifiable to enemy surveillance measures. The parking