A truck with MP precedes the convoy and posts MP at TCPs or other critical locations. An empty truck
follows the convoy and picks up the MP. Care must be exercised not to leave any MP behind. In a
lengthy convoy operation, the trucks may switch positions during a rest stop or other halt. This
conserves the number of MP required.
Military police precede the convoy and post personnel at designated locations. When the convoy
passes, the MP remount, pass the convoy, and proceed to the next location. The procedure is
repeated as necessary. This method is particularly limited on-narrow roads where it is difficult to pass
the convoy. It is also often difficult when there are several TCPs in a short distance, or when the
convoy is very long. A modification of this method is to use two patrols that leapfrog each other.
The perimeter method employs patrol escorts on all four sides of the escorted vehicles. The security
provided can be expanded with additional perimeter rings. This method is effective for relatively slow-
moving convoys that are of a particularly sensitive nature. In other words, they require almost constant
360 degree protection. The obvious disadvantage is that road nets are often not wide enough to permit
this type of operation. Modifications must be made.
A route for a convoy may pass through built up areas, flat and open country, hilly areas, or
combinations of these and others. As the route conditions change, the escort method is also changed.
PLACEMENT OF MP VEHICLES
The location of the escort vehicles in the convoy will vary depending on the method of escort selected.
Additionally, the same factors that were considered in selecting the method of escort must also be
considered in the placement of escort vehicles. A factor that must be taken into consideration is the
placement in the convoy of selected vehicles. These include critical cargo vehicles, control and
communications vehicles, and/or organic convoy security vehicles. These have already been
One security vehicle is placed at the head of the convoy so fires can be placed on the enemy if he is
suddenly encountered. The remaining security vehicles are located where they can provide the most
protection for all convoy elements. Their placement should be integrated with those security elements
that may be organic to the convoy. Some escort vehicles must be placed at the rear of the march
elements so that they can provide overwatch as the convoy moves. It is normally easier to move
forward to a trouble spot than to return to it. Escort vehicles should never be placed in such a manner
that they can be isolated from the convoy.